Wednesday 10th January 2018: 31 students and two faculty members from Kansas University (KU), Lawrence, United States of America participated in Malaysia Architectural Study Tour organized by Institut Sultan Iskandar UTM (ISI) from 3 January 2018 to 9 January 2018.

The tour is part of a Kansas University Study Abroad program, which involves three countries - Singapore, Malaysia and Japan. While in Malaysia, ISI has prepared a ‘short and sweet’ 7 days 6 nights program that covers Johor, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Perak. The excursion includes visits of architecture that are award winning and iconic, to the traditional and low costs. Among the highlights are Petronas Twin Tower, Mesiniaga Tower, The Troika, The Capers, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Arc Rimbayu, National Mosque, Bamboo Playhouse, Lantern Hotel, OBYU Tower, PAM Centre, Penghulu Seman House, Badan Warisan and many more. Other significant places in the visit list are Lake Garden, China Town and Batu Caves. The tour also features Malaysia’s prominent regionalist architect, Ar Jimmy Lim who will share his ‘Tropical Laboratory’ ideas, and the implementation in his regionally rooted contemporary houses.

A welcoming luncheon was held in Denai house of Ar Razin Mahmood in Johor Bahru. The warm ceremony was attended by Dean of Faculty of Built Environment, Head of Architecture Department, ISI Executive Director, and ISI Deputy Director. A farewell lunch was held in the week after in UTM KL. The tour ended in a stylish dinner at 360 Revolving Restaurant of KL Tower. ISI KL head of division, Associate Professor Dr Gurupiah Mursib said, the program strengthens university-industry ties and is a catalyst for global agenda, thus, such similar program will be extended to other universities around the world.