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Hijjas Architects + Planners

Serina is an accomplished and prominent architect in both the Malaysian and international scene. With over 30 years of experience, Serina has built for herself extensive experience in designing a plethora of buildings for institutional, housing, to sports structures as well as making a name for herself in master planning.

Serina Hijjas is Director of Hijjas Kasturi Associates and has more than twenty years of experience in architectural planning and design. After graduating from The Bartlett School of Architecture and The University of Sydney, Hijjas joined Foster + Partners in London for a three-year stint before returning to Malaysia. Her work includes the Securities Commission Headquarters Building, Telekom Malaysia Headquarters, Shell Tower and the Malaysian Expo Pavilion 2015.

For KLAF, Serina presents the Malaysia Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai by Hijjas Architects, an eloquent vision in timber designed with net zero carbon in mind. The client (Malaysia Green Technology and Climate Change Centre) had in the competition pursued the core theme of energising sustainability. From there, Serina and her team created a narrative of a canopy of trees.

The pavilion is a Malaysian expression of the best the country can do and the country aspires to. The structure was designed on slender pilotis among a landscape of planting, palms and light pole groves, creating a floating effect that ties to its rainforest canopy concept.

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