Editor’s pickArchidex 2018 expecting 36,500 visitors


From left: Ar Ang Chee Cheong, Ar Harzani Ismail, and Dato’ Vincent Lim

The International Architecture, Interior Design & Building Exhibition (ARCHIDEX), Southeast Asia’s premier annual architecture, interior design and building industry event, is back – and it is bigger and better.

To be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), the 19th edition of the popular trade exhibition is set to bring together more than 36,500 visitors comprising architects, interior designers, property developers, engineers, quantity surveyors and others from Malaysia and beyond from the 4th to the 7th of July.

ARCHIDEX, jointly organised by the leading Malaysian trade and lifestyle exhibitions organiser C.I.S Network Sdn Bhd and Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM), will be held in conjunction with the annual Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival (KLAF).

At the ARCHIDEX Preshow Press Conference held at KLCC, president of C.I.S Network Sdn Bhd, Dato’ Vincent Lim, called the event a global point of contact for exhibitors and delegates alike.

“As an annual business gathering that also encompasses talks and forums, ARCHIDEX helps to build businesses; promotes the sharing of knowledge and skills; and fosters goodwill and understanding,” Lim said. “This year, we celebrate the delights of building better communities and cities by offering visitors the very best of what the architecture, interior design and building industry has to offer the world.”

Lim also added that ARCHIDEX, as a significant business event for the architectural industry in the region, is expecting to see transactions of over RM1 billion (US$251 million) over the four-day period, making it one of the leading contributors to Malaysia’s economy. The Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau reported that from 2010-2017, a total revenue of RM10.2 billion (US$2.56 billion) was generated from 1,926 events that brought in 1.1 million delegates, whose expenditure came up to RM6.2 billion (US$1.55 billion).

President of PAM, Ar Ezumi Harzani Ismail lauded the event, praising it for establishing itself as a not-to-be-missed event in the architecture industry’s caldendar.

“ARCHIDEX is an extraordinary event under KLAF that has steadily grown over the years; we are delighted to be a hub for this tremendous growth and we are heartened to continue to lead the way towards a diversity of discussions, discourse, debate and designs to be showcased by new and established members,” he said.

This edition will feature more than 550 local and international exhibitors from many countries, including Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, and Thailand. Five international pavilions will also showcase the very best of innovative design and technology from Austria, China, Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan.

Among the new attractions at ARCHIDEX this year is the exhibit zone for ‘Building Smarter’ with Industrialised Building Systems (IBS) to promote this innovative method of building smarter, leaner, and cleaner. IBS adoption is rapidly gaining momentum across the Malaysian construction industry.

The spotlight will also be put on the next generation of architectural professionals.

ARCHTALENT, a competition for architecture students, will return for its second year after a successful maiden outing in 2017. This year, entrants had to submit their ideas for sustainable design solutions based on the theme Space. Fifteen finalists will present their creations to the panel of judges made up of industry experts on the 5th of July. Royal Selangor has stepped in as a trophy sponsor for the competition this year.

This year, ARCHIDEX collaborated with Strategic Partner, Thung Hing, and students from UCSI University’s School of Architecture & Built Environment to design and build the Awards Gallery display area for the prestigious New Product Award (NPA) and Green Dot Award (GDA). This is the first time the exhibition has invited students to be involved in such a way, and is part of ARCHIDEX’s initiative to promote student architects as well as expose them to the community.

Student activities aside, visitors can also look forward to the DATUM Conferences, which will run concurrently with the exhibition. The edition this year will also introduce the new DATUM: EDU (International Architectural Education Conference) component. Other highlights include the Focus Forum @ ARCHIDEX, Biz@ARCHIDEX, and the ARCHIDEX Awards Gallery for NPA and GDA Nominees.