An overseas member of the RAIA based in Malaysia, Dato' Haji Esa Bin Haji Mohamed will be presented with the prestigious award of an honorary degree by the University of Newcastle during April 2005. Dato' Esa, Managing Director of Akitek Jururancang (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, will be presented with a Doctor of Architecture honoris causa at the University's Graduation Ceremonies on 21 April 2005.
Dato' Esa completed a Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Newcastle in 1973, graduating with first class honours as well as receiving a University Medal.
After undertaking further studies in town planning, he returned to Malaysia in 1976, and has worked on, managed and developed several major urban development and infrastructure projects including the University College of Engineering and Technology Malaysia, Sungai Buloh Hospital and Referral Centre, the new Federal Administrative Capital City Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur International Airport and the Desaru Resort Development.
During his career, Dato Esa has been the President of the Malaysian Institute of Architects and the Malaysian representative on the Architects Regional Council of Asia.
University of Newcastle Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Professor Ron MacDonald, says the University has a long history of involvement in the provision of higher education to international students from Malaysia. "From the 1960's onwards many Malaysian students studied at our institution under the Columbo plan. The University has built up an impressive array of Alumni members over the years including Dato' Esa." Professor MacDonald said.
"It is the University's pleasure to announce the award of an honorary doctorate to Dato' Esa and we are also delighted that he has accepted the role of Patron for the University of Newcastle's Alumni Chapter in Malaysia."
RAIA National President Warren Kerr also congratulated Dato Esa on his honorary degree, whilst acknowledging the significant contribution he has made to the world’s architectural skyline.