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About Us


PAM is the national institute representing architects in Malaysia. 


PAM’s mission statement is "To promote the advancement of architecture and the architectural profession for the betterment of society".


Founded in 1923 as the Institute of Architects Malaya, its name was changed in 1948 to the Federation of Malaya Society of Architects (FMSA), then allied to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Another change to its current name to reflect national sovereignty came about on 20th January, 1967 when PAM was registered with the Registrar of Societies.


PAM currently has approximately 5,000 members consisting of professional architects, graduates and students. Apart from its registered address in the capital city, PAM membership is also represented across Malaysia with member chapters in Sabah, Sarawak, Penang (Northern chapter), Johore Baru (Southern chapter) and East Coast.


Hock Seng Lee, HSL, began in the early 1970s when the Yu/Yii brothers acquired a timber dredging vessel and established a sand dredging and landfill operation. 


Incorporated in 1979, HSL expanded by acquiring vessels and heavy machinery, evolving into a major player in land reclamation, soil improvement, shore protection, drainage, and wastewater management. HSL has consistently delivered strong financial performance, ranking among the region’s top construction firms.


The company boasts an extensive fleet of specialised marine equipment and tunnel boring machines, and holds comprehensive licenses for major civil and infrastructure projects. With over 1,000 employees, HSL is headquartered in Kuching, Sarawak, with offices and operations throughout the region.

In 2021, HSL initiated the first architectural competition, #LangitKch, in East Malaysia, working closely with PAM. 


In 2024, Singapore’s Ascott Group announced a collaboration with HSL to build Langit Citadines Kuching. 

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