SHIFT2020/21 International Architecture Conference

3rd - 4th September 2021 (NEW DATES)

In reference to the recent announcement by the Prime Minister of Malaysia on the extension of the Recovery MCO to 31st December 2020 and the travel restriction and border closure from countries affected by the pandemic. This directive effectively prevents our speakers from attending in person for this year.


In light of this, the team has made the difficult decision to reschedule the conference to 2021. The new dates for the SHIFT International Architecture Conference will now be on 3rd-4th September 2021. The venue shall remain the same at the KL Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur.


In between, there will be a DOMA+ Conference (*Discourse on Malaysian Architecture+ ) to be held on the 28th- 29th May at the KL Convention Centre. Details will be announced soon. 

Update: 9th September 2020

Building Communities


In the 21st century, issues on urbanisation and climate change have impacted on contexts and conditions of cities resulting in displaced communities, challenging the resilience of identities, and drastically decreasing population and biodiversity. What is the role of architecture and the built environment in building communities?


In the light of this, this conference discusses different perspectives on how architecture forges its role in creating an ecosystem forming part of the infrastructure that creates “habitat” and compelling places that build and sustain communities.

20 - 21 November 2020 (Friday + Saturday)

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

Tickets : Full - RM350, Student - RM200

Group Discount - 10 tickets + 1 free

6 LAM CPD Points

(Light refreshment are provided)

RE-Building Communities


Amidst the global crisis of the Covid-19 landscape, a central question that emerged is on how we can re-think design to re-build communities. From the co-working spaces for the creatives, dense urban living environments to the public realms that encourage social contact, the very notion of ‘community’ which has been built from foundation of social contact has collapsed. The current landscape is threatened by the issues of physical social proximities, hygiene and cleanliness, and psychological abuses and mental disorders. 
These circumstances have opened up a contemporary discourse on the role of architecture in re-building communities. How can we re-imagine the post-Covid built environment? Through this inquiry, the challenge that architecture faces in these circumstances is two folds: how do we begin to re-define commonalities and differences to forge post-Covid communities, and in what way can architecture enact this through its physical space and built form.

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