The School’s architecture programmes are accredited by the Board of Architects Malaysia, or Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia (LAM), making us the first private university with this recognition. Our programme meets the requirements of LAM, ensuring that graduates are eligible for an exemption from the LAM Part 1 Examination, easing their pathway to becoming Graduate Architects with the board.

The Quantity Surveying (QS) programme is also acknowledged and accredited by leading international boards, including the Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia (BQSM), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS). The RICS and PAQS accreditations place our QS graduates on par with international standards, meeting the requirements for professional surveyors from over 140 countries. Our graduates will also gain automatic membership to BQSM upon graduation.

Our programmes meet the rigorous standards of these professional accreditation boards, due to our stringent entry requirements, comprehensive curriculum, students’ work and achievements, as well as the qualified teaching faculty.


Board Of Architects Malaysia

The Board of Architects Malaysia or Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia (LAM) is the Malaysian statutory authority responsible for the enforcement of the Architects Act.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

The world’s leading professional body for qualifications and standards in property

Board Of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia (BQSM)

A statutory body governing the quantity surveying profession and promoting the growth of the quantity surveying profession

The Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS)

An international association of national organisations representing quantity surveyors in the Asia and Western Pacific region.


At SABD, our goal is to elevate our research centre, The Center for Modern Architecture Studies in Southeast Asia (MASSA), into a renowned research centre in Southeast Asia.

We intend to address the urgent need to include modern architecture as part of the architectural heritage in Southeast Asia, thus aiding the process of planning settlements and designing buildings that are suited to the context and continuity of the cultures of Southeast Asia

As part of our initiatives to document our heritage, the students visited Kampung Cina, Kuala Terengganu, to examine the site and produce detailed drawings. These drawings were subsequently used to restore a temple to its former glory, after it was partly ruined in a fire.

Other research projects undertaken by our students include:

  • Modern Architecture Kuala Lumpur Series featuring Masjid Negara, Muzium Negara, Stadium Negara, Stadium Chin Woo and British Council
  • The Inventory of Sungai Buloh Leprosy Settlements, Selangor
  • Chapel of St. Francis Institution, Malacca
  • No. 6, Hereen Street, Bandar Hilir, Malacca
  • Ho Ann Kiong Temple, Kampung Cina, Kuala Terengganu and many more

These professional recognitions enhance our students’ career opportunities and ease the pathway for them to further their studies or pursue a professional qualification after they step out of university.