& Yeang International
Ken Yeang was born in 1948 in Penang, Malaysia. He studied at the Architectural Association in London where he obtained his degree in 1971. In 1975, he received his doctorate in architecture from Cambridge University on the subject of ecological design. He has taught in many schools of architecture, notably the University of Sheffield (1994 – 1998, 1999 – 2005) and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Melbourne, Australia (1993 – 1998, 1998 – 2003). He has authored various works on ecological architecture, namely The Skyscraper, Bioclimatically Considered: A Design Primer (1997) and Ecodesign: A Manual for Ecological Design (2006). Tengku Robert Hamzah was born in 1939 in Malaysia and also studied at the Architectural Association in London. He specialized in tropical architecture and earned his degree in 1970.
In 1976 Ken Yeang and T.R. Hamzah founded their architecture firm, T.R. Hamzah & Yeang International based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The firm gained international recognition for numerous research projects whose basic underlying principle involves an applied environmental and ecological approach to specific typological configurations such as skyscrapers. The National Library Board Building in Singapore (1998 – 2004) and the Elephant & Castle Eco-Tower in London (2000-under construction) are among their major projects. Recently, Ken Yeang has developed this approach on the urban scale by creating “Ecomasterplanning”. Based on a larger urban scale, as demonstrated in the Vancouver Waterfront project in Canada or Al Ghorfa in Kuwait City, he aims to redefine man’s intervention on the environment by creating architecture capable of “biointegration”.
© Ken Yeang 2007
this video :
Ken Yeang speech video
Thursday, 1st October 2009
at Centre Pompidou
In pictures :
1. West Kowloon Vertical Park and Waterfront Cultural Center, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2001
2. West Kowloon Vertical Park and Waterfront Cultural Center, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2001
© T.R. Hamzah & Yeang Sdn. Bnd. (2009)