Hijjas Kasturi studied at the University of Adelaide and the University of Melbourne (Bachelor of Architecture 1965, Graduate Diploma of Town and Regional Planning 1966). He returned to Singapore in 1966, then moved to Malaysia in 1967, where he founded the School of Art and Architecture at MARA Institute of Technology. He went into partnership in 1969, and then formed the practice Hijjas Kasturi Associates (HKAS) in 1997. Characterised by the major concerns of architecture, town planning and building, plus the arts-oriented influences of industrial design, graphic and textile design, and fine arts, the practice of HKAS has a unique vision.
Major buildings in include the Menara Maybank (1989), Tabung Haji (1986), Putrajaya Convention Centre (2003) and the 4G11 Tower in Putrajaya (2008)
Mr Hijjas Kasturi’s work is recognised internationally. In 1998 he received the Tokyo Creation Award and in 2001 the Malaysian Architect’s Institute Gold Medal. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Unviersiti Malaya in 2005.
Source: University of Melbourne, Atrium Magazine, Number 7, 2008.
The convention centre is a focal point of Malaysia's new administrative capital. Its seven levels provide a plenary hall for 3'000, a banqueting hall for 3'500 and two large conference halls (capacity 2'000), as well as mini halls, meeting rooms, suites, galleries and supporting services - yet its footprint occupies only three acres of its 51-acre site, leaving the remainder for use as a public park. To achieve this, more than 60 per cent of the spaces are submerged below ground. The glazed walls of the above-ground structure are sloped and louvered to prevent direct solar gain; the membrane roof is made of Sanarfil.