Date: July 6 · 2019

July 6 · 2019


The first edition of the Roca One Day Design Challenge in Malaysia reunited over 220 young talents from all over the country.The competition, that was celebrated on Saturday 6th July in Kuala Lumpur.

The concept established as a premise for the participants in Malaysia has been to rethink a basin design that include other features and functionalities apart from the current ones. 

Out of all the submitted projects, Amnion from Syafa Mustaffa and Aresha Suraya Roslan from o2 Design Atelier and The One Academy Sdn. Bhd. respectively was the winner. The project consists on a wholesome solution that works both as conventional basin and ergonomic baby bath tub. 

The second prize was awarded to Botaniczny by NG Yee Lun and Saw Wai Xiang from Dtl Engineering Sdn Bh and Malaysian Institute Of Art. The jury highlighted the sustainable sensibility of the project, proposing a plant integrated into the basin.

The third prize was for Kontrol by Lim Joe Yi from The One Academy. The jury highlighted the attractive design and materials used, as well as the function to see the water the user is about to consume.  

The members of the jury also awarded with an additional prize from the We Are Water Foundation to the project Dry Basin from Tan Lai Zeng and Chua E-Xuan from The One Academy, because of its special focus on sustainability. The proposal is a basin that reacts to the levels of water usage, changing its color according to the intensity of use. 

Awarded projects

We Are Water Prize Winner


Tan Lai Zeng

Chua E-Xuan


Sarly Sarkum portrait


Ar. Sarly Sarkum

He is an architecture futurist, sustainability proponent and design activist.

Currently he helms the hybrid architectural design firm [SA]2 or Sarly Adre Sarkum Architecture Sdn Bhd which combines cutting edge architectural design solutions with extensive research-based explorative approach to solve challenging integrated design problems. His involvement in the building industry and his numerous contributions have cemented his reputation as an industry and subject matter expert. Among these, he is the former President of the Malaysia Green Building Council, which is the country’s green building council under the auspices of the World Green Building Council. He was a member of the accreditation panel for the GBI Green Rating Tool. He is heavily involved in Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (The Malaysian Institute of Architects) starting as a council member in 2009 until now as deputy president for 2017 - 2019. He is also the former editor in chief for ‘Architecture Malaysia’ magazine which is the premier architecture journal for the Malaysian Institute of Architects.

Academically he holds 2 degrees in architecture, one from the University of Liverpool in the UK and the other from the University of Science Malaysia. Currently he has been appointed Associate Professor (Industry) at the Faculty of Built Environment by the University of Malaya (UM).

Steven Thang portrait


Ar. Steven Thang

Ar Steven Thang is a practicing architect since 1990. He is a director with NVT Architects Sdn Bhd based in Kuala Lumpur. Ar Steven Thang is currently a council member of Malaysian Institute of Architects (MIA), Hon treasurer of ICOMOS Malaysia, Chairman of PAM Heritage and Conservation Committee, Chairman of PAM ADR Committee, chairman of SIRIM Ceramic and Sanitary Ware Technical committee and Chairman of SIRIM Building and Civil Engineering Technical Committee (TC 59). Ar Steven Thang was trained as a conservator at Balai Konservasi Borobudur, Indonesia. He is a currently a member of ICOMOS Climate Change and Cultural Heritage Working Group.

Farid Mohamed portrait


Ar. Dr. Mohd Farid Mohamed

Ar. Dr. Mohd. Farid Mohamed is a professional architect, senior lecturer in architecture and Head of Architecture Program at the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. In the years 1999 and 2003, he completed his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at Liverpool University and Bachelor in Architecture at Universiti Teknologi MARA, respectively.

He practiced in Saunders Partnership Architect, London, from 1999 to 2000. He practiced in an architectural firm in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from the year 2002 until 2006. In the year 2006, he completed his MSc. Integrated Construction and Project Management at Universiti Teknologi MARA, and joined Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia that same year as an academician and researcher.

In the year 2012, he graduated from The University of New South Wales, Australia, with PhD in Built Environment. His research interests are in natural ventilation studies, sustainable architecture, affordable housing, Malay traditional architecture and architecture education. He has published more than 50 research articles, and has received multiple grants and funds from many institutions for his researches. He is a registered professional architect (A/M 233) with the Board of Architects Malaysia.



Sharifah Suzana Simmonds

Sharifah Suzana is the Honorary Secretary (2018/2020) of the Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers (MIID). She is currently the MIID Head of Communication, Chairman of MIID Students’ Saturday and one of the Hotel Rating inspectors for 4 & 5 Star hotels, representing MIID under the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia. MIID is the national institute representing the interior design profession in Malaysia.

Graduate from UiTM in 1989, she has worked in the sanitary ware and fittings industry for the past 28 years. Some of the projects she has been involved with are Anggun Residence, Sinaran TTDI Condomium, Bank Negara ICT Center in Cyberjaya, CIMB Bank, Jalan Raja Laut , Wisma Putra and Putrajaya KLIA, etc.

She has been appointed to represent the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) in the Department of Standard Malaysia: Building, Construction and Civil Engineering National Standards Committee (NSC D) and CREAM. Representing FMM-MCIG on the Technical Committee Ceramic (TC Ceramic) for the development of Malaysia Standard for sanitary ware and fittings example MS1522, MS1799, MS2545, MS795 and MS2578

Leong Ta Wah


Leong Ta Wah

Leong Ta Wah is the Vice President of the Malaysian Institute of Interior Designer (MIID). Having graduated with a Diploma in Interior Design (PJCAD) in 1992, he has worked with top interior design consultant companies from all around the world such as Axis Network, Richmond International and Ben Severin and Associates and Design Business.

He has worked with various interior design projects such as The Sheraton Subang Jaya, The Sheraton Kuantan, Acmar Hotel and Suite, Guoman Resort, Omni Marco Polo Bangkok and more.

His involvement and experience in the interior design industry has cemented his reputation within the interior design experts. Among these, he is the a member of the GBI Interior Tool Development panel, Hon Treasurer for APSDA (Asia Pacific Space Designer Associates). He is also the chairman of his own interior design company called twleong design.

Diego Jolis


Diego Jolis

Diego Jolis is the Managing Director of Roca Malaysia and Singapore and is based in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. He leads a team of over 400 employees that manufacture and distribute world-class sanitary ware for the domestic markets, and across Asia Pacific and the Middle East. He is a very hands-on, dynamic leader and has a collaborative and open management style in the organisation.

Diego Jolis graduated from the Catholic University of Argentina in Accounting & Business Administration and has been with Roca for 25 years. Prior to his current appointment, he was based in Roca Argentina and led his team to an impressive market share growth in the region.