Ken Yeang is a principle at T.R.Hamzah & Yeang Sdn.Bhd, an international architect firm with its HQ in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The firm has been in existence over 2 decades, with projects in Europe, USA and Asia. Key projects include the high-rise National Library Board building (Singapore), the 40-storey Eco-Tower at Elephant & Castle, the 24-storey IBM Building (Malaysia) and 15-storey Mesiniaga Building (IBM franchise) (Malaysia), Wirrina Cove Condominium (Australia).
The principals are Tengku Robert Hamzah and Dr. Ken Yeang. Both the principals' architectural education were at the AA (Architectural Association) School (London). Tengku Robert Hamzah, a prince in the Malay Royal family, completed the AA Tropical Architecture School course under Dr.Otto Koenigsberger. Dr. Ken Yeang subsequently received a doctorate from Cambridge University (UK) on ecological design.
The firm has received over 20 awards including the Aga Khan Award Archiecture (1995) and the RAIA International Award (in 1997 and 1999). The firm's work has been published extensively in the international press.
The firm's design expertise is in their ecological approach for the design of large projects and buildings that include consideration given to their impacts on the site's ecology and the building's use of energy and materials over its life-cycle. Much of the firm's early work pioneers the passive low-energy design of skyscrapers, as the 'bioclimatic skyscraper'. The firm is a long-serving member of the Council on Tall buildings and Urban habitat (USA). The firm practices Cost Planning ( in delivering Projects to be within Client's budget) with great emphasis on rigorous in-house project management and control.
Recipient of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1995.
Menara Mesiniaga is the IBM headquarters in Subang Jaya near Kuala Lumpur. It is a high-tech, 15-storey corporate showcase on a convenient and visually prominent corner site. The singular appearance of this moderately tall tower is the result of architect Kenneth Yeang's ten-year research into bio-climatic principles for the design of medium-to-tall buildings. Its tri-partite structure consists of a raised "green" base, ten circular floors of office space with terraced garden balconies and external louvers for shade, and is crowned by a spectacular sun-roof, arching across the top-floor pool. The distinctive columns that project above the pool floor will eventually support the installation of solar panels, further reducing the energy consumption of a building cooled by natural ventilation, sun screens, and air conditioning. Yeang's ecologically and environmentally sound design strategies reduce long-term maintenance costs by lowering energy use. Importantly, designing with the climate in mind brings an aesthetic dimension to his work that is not to be found in typical glass-enclosed air-conditioned medium-to-high rise buildings. The tower has become a landmark, and increased the value of the land around it. The jury found it to be a successful and promising approach to the design of many-storied structures in a tropical climate.