Australian Institute of Architects Fellowships are given to members who have demonstrated a significant contribution to the architecture profession beyond architecture practice. It is our pleasure to announce that David Teh has been named a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects.
Ar. David Teh is the founder and a Director of Pakatan Reka Arkitek (PRA Architects & Planners), in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has extensive experience in architectural design and planning, management and client and government liaison.
David has been an active member of the Australian Institute of Architects for many years and is an alumnus of The University of Melbourne, where he graduated in architecture in 1972. He has contributed to the Institute as an elected International Chapter Councillor from 2012 to 2021. During that time he also held the position of Deputy Chair for one year, and he twice organised and hosted the annual International Chapter’s face-to-face meetings when these were held in Kuala Lumpur, which has been pivotal in strengthening and renewing the ongoing cordial relationship between our Institute and the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM), and other architectural groupings in South East Asia. This has been an important role, as approximately 25% of the International Chapter membership resides or practices in this region, many of whom have studied in Australia. In earlier years, David co-hosted the only ever joint Institute-PAM architectural conference, held in Perth & Kuala Lumpur in 1990.
David is a senior member of the architectural profession in his home country, Malaysia. There he was a former President of the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) 1987-1989 and council member from 1980 to 2000, 2011 to 2013 and 2015 to 2016. He was also a board member of the Malaysian Board of Architects (LAM) 1987-1993, and held the position of deputy Chairman of ARCASIA from 1985-1988.
Recently David became the 2022 recipient of the Gold Medal from PAM in recognition of his long service to the profession in Malaysia.
It is fitting that David is recognised by our Institute for his many years of wisdom, guidance, inter-Institute relations, and for his long-standing dedication to the regional profession.