KUALA LUMPUR: Six heritage buildings in the Muslim World are being showcased at the 18th Architectural Heritage Studies exhibition at the Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design (KAED) Gallery of the International Islamic University of Malaysia's main campus in Gombak. The buildings are Sekolah Batu Lama, PULAPOL Kuala Lumpur, Masjid DiRaja Ubudiah Kuala Kangsar, Sekolah Kebangsaan (P) Bandar Tinggi Johor Baru, Masjid Jamek Pasir Pelangi Johor Baru, Masjid Syuhada Kabeer Malapurram Kerala India and Kiliyamannil House Malapurram Kerala India.
Dean of KAED, Prof Ar Dr Abdul Razak Sapian during the launch of 18th Architectural Heritage Studies Exhibition Merging Asian Knowledge and Faith Through Architectural Revelations (MEKAR) at KAED Gallery, KAED IIUM Gombak. Photo by NSTP/Salhani Ibrahim
The five-day exhibition, themed "Merging Asian Knowledge and Faith through Architecture Revelation" (MEKAR), was officiated on Tuesday by the Dean of KAED, Prof. Ar. Dr Abdul Razak Sapian, accompanied by KAED office bearers and faculty's staff. In his speech, Abdul Razak said the main idea of the Heritage Studies, which is a pre requisite subject under the Bachelor of Science of Architecture course, is to document and do measured drawings of heritage buildings in the Muslim World, to preserve the architecture, history, evolution and preservation of the building elements and details for future reference. "Through this exhibition, we want to instill public awareness and interest, and understanding of the richness and beauty of architecture and civilisation of the Muslim's world in which the selected buildings are sited," he added. The Department of Architecture has been documenting more than 70 heritage buildings since 2000. The MEKAR exhibition ends tomorrow (Saturday). © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd