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Meet Ar Ng Hai Yean, the living proof that success and dreams go hand-in-hand. Constantly expanding her portfolio, she churns out world-class design that are trendy and leaves lasting impressions.
Fascinated with the fluid beauty and forms of Art even from a young age, Ar Yean excelled in the subject throughout her schooling years. When the time came to choose her career path, she first followed the advice of family and friends and enrolled for Industrial Engineering. However, after a year of university life, it became clear that Architecture, and not Engineering was her life’s calling.Undaunted by the five-year education journey, Ar Yean has made the world a more vibrant place being a partner at ArchiCentre and DTLM Design Group while also establishing YeanNg Architect.
Having projects spanned across Asia-Pacific, Ar Yean’s success is built not just on raw talent, but also her belief that good Architecture comprises of fabulous Art made functional with empirical understanding of Science and excellent Management skills. Further driven by her principle of design to construct creative living spaces, she pays great attention to unique details that are fashioned for each individual home owner. It is no surprise that all her firms have won multiple accolades, from yearly PAM Awards to MalaysiaGBC, BCI Asia, DOTY and many more.
As one of the few women in a man’s profession, she recounts the challenges faced in the Architecture field. The need to stand tall and talk loud in a room filled with brilliant minds can sometimes intimidate even the bravest of people. But Ar Yean has never been one to back away from obstacles. With ArchiCentre now approaching its 30th anniversary, she looks to steer her company’s projects into Sustainable Architecture. Although this theme of structure has been around since the 1960s, the numerous materials and cutting edge technology that is rapidly developing gives rise to a multitude of eco-friendly options. She takes great care in her research, remarking that every step is a learning curve when planning exceptional works of art.
Ar Yean notes the pinnacle of her life as the time she succeeded in being the top 16% who passed the LAM part 3 professional examinations. When it comes to her private life, she values spending quality time with her two beautiful children, the source of her motivation and inspiration. Quality life is after all a balanced between continuous polishing of skills and maintaining a holistic lifestyle. Similarly, Ar Yean notes that Architecture is an all-rounded profession, where “we have to be good in design, sell the concept and built it with good time management and thorough paperwork.”
As an astute member of the architecture community, Ar Yean advises up and coming talents to be persistent in every step of their career and find ways to keep themselves motivated no matter how difficult the path ahead. Naturally, this means delving into projects that they are passionate about and have fun with the design task, for results are best achieved when it comes from a heart filled with positive energy. These are also accompanied with professional integrity when dealing with all relevant parties. She hopes that the senior professionals will impart valuable knowledge; both good and bad experiences to the young who will carry forth the dreams and aspirational future of the Architecture Industry.
“ALWAYS THE MASSES,
NOT THE CLASSES”
Ar NG HAI YEAN,
Partner of ArchiCentre and DTLM Design Group & Founder of YeanNg Architect
IMAGES COURTESY OF ARCHICENTRE, DTLM DESIGN GROUP
AND YEANNG ARCHITECT