Ar Azim A. Aziz (AAA) and Ar Zulqaisar Dato’ Hamidin (ZH) are the principal partners and co-founders of award-winning architecture firm ATSA Architects. Both have vast experiences in managing and designing projects that comprised a wide variety of building types and scales.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Louisiana State University, USA in 1987, Aziz worked with Jurubena Bertiga International for five years. He specialised in project management and managed many of the projects designed by the principals. After gaining experience, Aziz set up ATSA Architects Sdn Bhd with Zulqaisar Hamidin and Yee Teck Choon. He designed numerous building types of different scales, including sustainable designs for commercial and residential projects, as well as for the arts and entertainment communities. In 2011, he presented his paper “Zeitgeist – The spirit of our time” to the Worldbex Architectural and Construction Seminar in Manila. He has also recently published ATSA 2008–2011 Monograph.
Hamidin is a designer who graduated from Washington State University in 1988. He worked with two reputable architectural companies in Malaysia—Jurubena Bertiga International Sdn Bhd and BEP Architects—before joining ATSA Architects as a principal partner and co-founder in 1992. He is mainly responsible for the firm’s design work and has extensive experience in numerous project segments, including commercial, residential, education, healthcare, hospitality, public space, master planning and interior design.
Since its establishment in 1992, ATSA Architects has provided a variety of design services throughout all states of Malaysia and participated in international projects in Maldives, India, Papua New Guinea, Brunei, etc. Over the past 20 years, ATSA has grown not only in capacity, but also improved the quality of services provided. Besides its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, ATSA has established branch offices in Penang, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and Johor Bahru. The company is also currently associated with OWMP International in Brunei Darussalam.
Construction+ caught up with these two key personnel of ATSA Architects to share their experiences on how to strike a balance between design and management of clients’ expectations, as well as insights into the future of architecture practice.