An official signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Kolej Laila Taib (KLT) and Kumpulan Design (Sibu) organized by the Department of Architecture and Interior Architecture was successfully held on 29th November 2022. This collaboration is to further acknowledge the importance of engagement between the college and industry practitioners to provide a platform for the students to undertake industrial training, conduct educational workshops and talks as well as enhance industrial exposure for the students.
The courtesy visit by the Proprietor of Kumpulan Design, Dato Sri Ar. John Lau to KLT was welcomed by the Chief Executive Officer, Sr. Eric Wong, and the Director of Studies, Mr. Wong Xuan Yuan. Founded in 1977, Kumpulan Design started as an architectural firm on a modest scale as one of the pioneers in Sibu, Sarawak.
With more than 45 years of vast experience in the architecture practice, Dato Sri’s involvement in various types of projects including project management, architecture design, interior design, urban design, planning, and graphic design has led to the winning of numerous competitions and awards. Some successful milestones located in Sarawak are Borneo Convention Centre Kuching, New Sarawak Museum, and RH Tower.
During the visitation, Dato Sri Ar. John highlighted the importance of technical skills in the architectural context whereby it acquires the graduates to be equipped with efficient communicative skills, problem-solving skills, creativity, and coordination between architects and clients. Furthermore, he also pointed out the significance of internship training for architecture students to deliver their technical skills and knowledge in order to help them remain competitive in the industry.