No Starchitects Here: Veritas Rise To A Top Malaysian Architecture Firm

No starchitects here: veritas rise to a top malaysian architecture firm

Malaysia’s love affair with brand-name architects has reshaped Kuala Lumpur’s skyline. America’s César Pelli designed the dual corncobs of the Petronas Twin Towers. London-based Foster + Partners created the razor-edged Troika condominium and the jewel-cut Ilham Tower. Malaysia’s Hijjas Kasturi created the bamboo-shoot-inspired Telekom Tower.

Then there’s Veritas. In an era of star architects, Veritas Design Group has bucked the trend locally and internationally by declining to define itself by any one architect or architectural style.

Instead, the firm founded by Harvard-trained David Mizan Hashim has made a name over three decades as a stalwart of the Malaysian architecture scene, quietly scooping up commissions for everything from office towers and airport buildings to hospitals, train stations and private homes. It is now the country’s second-largest architecture firm, with 330 staffers led by 14 architect principals; 5 of them head Veritas offices overseas. (The largest firm by staff size is GDP Architects, led by Kamil Merican.)

The decision to promote the firm rather than an individual is a deliberate one, says Hashim, who started Veritas straight out of architecture school 28 years ago. “I purposely don’t want all decisions to come from me,” he says, wearing a yellow hard hat and construction boots and riding up the open elevator at the construction site of the 55-story W Hotel downtown, the firm’s latest project. “My strategy is planned obsolescence.” […]

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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