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Dr. Ken Yeang
Director, Llewelyn Davies Yeang (London)and T. R. Hamzah & Yeang (Kuala Lumpur)
“The Ecoskyscraper: Critical regionalist considerations”

Ken’s work explores an appropriate typology for the sustainable green skyscraper which responds to both the unique cultural, climatic and ecological aspects of place. He will discuss his design approach starting from the skyscraper as vertlcal urban design, bioclimatic strategy (as passive mode low energy design) which he advances to other ecological design considerations. In current developing markets such as India, where the import of the western, sealed air-conditioned skyscraper model without regard for the regionalist specifics of place is predominant, there are many valuable lessons to be learned in the work of this architect, at the vanguard of the sustainable high rise for the past 30 years.

Ken Yeang is an architect-planner, and one of the foremost ecodesigners, theoreticians, and thinkers in the field of green design.  After having studied architecture at the Architectural Association in London, his work on the green agenda started in the 70s with his doctoral dissertation for the University of Cambridge on ecological design and planning.  Yeang is the author of several books on ecological design, including The Skyscraper, Bioclimatically Considered: A Design Primer (1996) published by Wiley-Academy, and The Green Skyscraper: The Basis for Designing Sustainable Intensive Buildings (1999) published by Prestel (Germany).  He is the distinguished Plym Professor at the University of Illinois and Adjunct Professor at the University of Malaya and University of Hawaii (at Manoa) and recently received a D.Lit. (Hon) from the University of Sheffield.  He is an Honorary FAIA and has served on the RIBA Council.  A principal of Llewelyn Davies Yeang (UK) and its sister firm, Hamzah & Yeang (Malaysia), Ken Yeang is well known for designing signature green high-performance buildings and master plans, and for his pursuit of an ecological aesthetic in his designs.

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