House of Former Convicts

Life can be challenging for former convicts, especially when they try to re-enter society. However, correctional facilities provide only minimum reintegration preparation and assistance, most probably due to limited federal budget. The following projects focus on the role of architecture and support programmes to aid former convicts to go through the process more successfully. The target is to build a facility that provides a stable home and community engagement that will hopefully lead to steady employment and a fulfilling life.

To help alleviate reintegration challenges, this project has asked the students to include a living space that emphasises on social elements. Art is central and appears as both an installation that becomes a medium of social interactions, and as part of the design itself. Besides this commonality, the three designs listed below are also designed by students from the same school and supervised by the same lecturer.

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Assistant Professor Ar. Chia Lin Lin
UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Bachelor of Architecture
Project Year
July 2018
SS2, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Site Area
14,820 square metres
Gross Floor Area
4,500 square metres
Building Height
5 storeys
Implementing Agency
Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya