Date: October 2 · 2022
October 2 · 2022
On the 2nd of October 2022, the third edition of Roca One Day Design Challenge was celebrated at PAM Centre in Kuala Lumpur. This edition of the contest attracted over 300 students from all over the country, who participated in a design race against the clock.
Nowadays, all major cities are facing the necessity of installing public toilets, which would improve cleaning and hygiene conditions, as well as improve quality of life in neighborhoods. In this context, the participants were challenged to design an urban public toilet, which apart from the above-mentioned characteristics would also be feasible in function of maintenance and economic installation.
This year’s title was claimed by Pang Jian Sheng, who won MYR8,000 thanks to his project Flower Pot, which consists in a spacious toilet well-integrated into its environment. The design includes a self-sustaining micro-ecosystem that provides for the basic needs of the flora that live on it. The jury valued its celebration of the natural world and the way it conceptualized humanity’s connection to nature.
Second prize was awarded to Tengku Amirah binti Tengku Johari for her Gnuyap project, which has brought her MYR5,000. Gnuyap features a toilet, which is perfectly integrated into the urban landscape, with emphasis both on form and function.
Alison Leong and Belle Chin from the One Academy have been granted the third prize, receiving MYR3,000 for designing a piece of remarkable flexibility. Their design The Orbit is a portable public restroom, conceived as a simplistic circular space with an overall harmony between form and function, which blends within its surrounding through its play of external features.
Ar Adrianta Aziz
Ar. Adrianta Aziz is an Architect and Educator, a partner of AR RAD Architects and ARN Consulting and Training, which is the first architectural training company in Malaysia. He graduated from UiTM in 1997 and from Oxford Brookes, UK in Architecture and Urban Design in 1999. Upon returning from the UK in 2000, he developed different types of projects in Malaysia and currently he is involved in several place making projects for various local authorities in Malaysia.
He is a Certified Trainer and has developed a learning platform programme named BeAr, LAP, ReLAP and PPW, sharing professionalism with young architects for the last 10 years. He has helped more than 400 registered young Architects in Malaysia. He has conducted many seminars and programmes related to building industry and professionalism.
He is the PAM Malaysia Committee chairman for Education for the year 2021-2022 and Deputy Chairman of ACAE - ARCASIA Committee Architecture Education.
Ar.Adrianta Aziz actively gives public talks in various events for organizations such as Developers, Universities, Schools and other public functions and has delivered his talks in India, Japan, Philippines, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, USA, Thailand, Indonesia and Brunei under ACAE platform.
He also has his own TV programme in Malaysia named “Project Urban” to educate the public regarding the importance of place making.
He will definitely be continuing his process of discovery, inspiration, inventions and innovation to society.
Ar Amerpal Singh
Ar Amerpal Singh Khosa, Principal of Arkitek Khosa (established in 2016) has a diverse experience in the construction industry in Singapore and Malaysia. He completed his Architecture Diploma in Singapore Polytechnic and later completed his part-time degree program and graduated from the University of Technology Malaysia in 2002. Thereafter, managed projects ranging from high-rise apartments, sports complexes, factories and showrooms.
Arkitek Khosa has successfully completed various projects including car showrooms & high-rise residential projects. The firm works closely with developers to form different approaches in product creation. Ar Amerpal speaks passionately about the unique and currently under construction 250 rooms Curio Hilton project in Langkawi.
He is also intermittently involved as a part-time lecturer for the Master of Architecture program by UTM SPACE. A true believer in his profession, he had no inhibition when 2 of his children pursued the architecture profession.
Ar Cammy Tee
Ar. IDr Tee Khay Mee is the Principal of KM Tee Architect. She is a registered Architect and registered Interior Designer with LAM and a Corporate Member of PAM and MIID. Throughout her career, she involves in designing and managing various types of building projects consisting of residential, commercial, and mixed development. She is an educator and is also regularly involved in both public and private universities as an external panel for design studios.
A GBI Facilitator and GreenRE Accredited Professional, her practice is driven by the pursuit of innovation in sustainability and quality design. Strongly believe in bringing together people, buildings, and nature in a holistic and considered way, and providing quality design details which are functional and aesthetically pleasing.
Ar Mohd Azli Mohamad Jamil
Ar Mohd Azli Mohamand Jamil is the managing director at SR Architects SDN BHD, Principle at Azli Jamil Architect, and Co-Chair of the Education Committee at Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia. He got his Master of Science in Urban Development and Management (UiTM) in 2020, Bachelor of Science in Architecture at Mara University of Technology (UiTM) in 2002.
He was a Professional Architect and Professional Interior Designer registered with the Board of Architect Malaysia (LAM) and Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia (PAM). Sharing knowledge and expertise is part of his passion, and has been shared with industries such as CIDB, PAM, Bear, Lap, JKR Malaysia, domestic and foreign universities such as professional architect courses, construction supervision courses, and so on. Various projects have also been designed and completed with clients such as SP Setia, Iskandar Puteri City Council, National Audit Department, National Art Gallery, and various private and government projects. He is also active in PAM involving the education committee where various activities with university students are held such as design competitions, service communities, and activities with industry.
IDr Lai Siew Hong
IDr Lai Siew Hong is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Designer of award-winning interior design firm Blu
Water Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur since 2010, the design studio focuses on hospitality archetypes and
the design of hotels, resorts, and F&B establishments around the region. As one of the most revered interior
design studios in Southeast Asia, Blu Water has also been recognised by AHEAD Awards Asia and IDA
Design Awards. To date, some of the group’s recent projects include W Kuala Lumpur, EQ Kuala Lumpur,
Sheraton Sarawak, Club Med Borneo and KYO Niseko.
As the creative backbone of Blu Water Lai believes in creating innovative spaces and solutions while crafting
a meaningful narrative in each design brief. With these sensorial and experiential design components, Lai
continues to encourage a forward way of thinking in his creative process to keep the interests of a wide
variety of clients over the last 30 years previously as the Creative Partner of Axis Identity Group, a
multidisciplinary design studio in Kuala Lumpur specialising in hospitality design.
Lai graduated from the State University of New York with an Associate Degree in Applied Science Interior
Design. His passion for nurturing young emerging talent translates into his deep involvement in mentorship
and regional conferences over the years. Locally, he served as an Adjunct Lecturer at Taylor’s University
Malaysia and internationally, he mentored graduate students at China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China.
He is also the man behind the impeccably organised MIID REKA Conference over the years and has been
the Chief Judge of Asia Young Designer Awards since 2016.
Lai leads a team of 30 talented designers who believe in rethinking the design process in live with the rapid
evolving needs of the hospitality industry. They are immersed in the notion to curate bespoke design solutions
tailored to every need, desire and budget. The design studio also aims to create creative solutions that drive
responsible design with an overarching theme of sustainability, providing a positive human experience with
human-centric sensibilities. In his own words, the amalgamation of critical thinking and the creative idea will
create spaces that are ladened with meaning and soul, bringing a fresh perspective to the world of design.
The muscles behind Blu Water believe in taking a unique approach to create memorable hospitality
experiences with purpose. Each space is designed to engage people from the moment they arrive, in the
same way, a theatre captivates its audience. These spaces provide a threshold into the local culture and
heritage, a sense of place that every idea is build upon. Together, the team aspires to tell a compelling story
and take people on a multi-sensorial journey with a beautiful narrative.
One of his recent accolades, The Edison George Town project has been recognised for its outstanding
design sensibilities, raking multiple recognition including in the StarProperty Awards 2020, IDA Design
Awards 2019, AHEAD Asia 2017, RIDA 2017, and APIDA 2016. Other award-winning projects under his
stewardship are EQ Kuala Lumpur, citizenM Kuala Lumpur, and Hard Rock Hotel at Desaru Coast, Johor.
Today, he continues to be the mastermind behind some of the most stunning luxury hotels and resorts in the
country and the world over; most recently recognised as Asia’s Most Influential Designer Award by DOTY
Lai is also the current President of the Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers ( 2020 2022, which is
the national institute representing interior design professionals in Malaysia.
Jordi Batlló is the Managing Director of Roca Malaysia and Singapore and is based in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. He began his career with Roca Sanitario – Barcelona in 1997 as an Investment Analyst and later progressed to become Managing Director at Roca Polska in Poland. He held multiple senior positions within Roca Group of companies.
He has more than 23 years of experience in corporate finance and business operations roles, providing leadership and expertise in profit and loss management, mergers and acquisitions and commercial strategy.
Jordi holds an Executive Master’s in Operations and Innovation (EMOI) and received his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the Esade Business School, Barcelona and a Bachelor’s degree in Economic Sciences and Business Administration from The Autonomous University of Barcelona.