02 Aug 2018

“What career would allow me to impact future generations?”

It’s a very common thought amongst the youth. Everyone wants to leave a lasting impact during their lives. You could probably make an argument for almost any job. Be a doctor and you can save lives! Be a politician and you can change nations! Be a social media influencer and you can change people’s minds.

Sure. All those could be acceptable answers. Personally, though, I have a different answer to that question. What would I say has a lasting impact?


Buildings last much longer than the span of a lifetime and they often end up as iconic images. How many people worldwide would associate a picture of the Taj Mahal with India? Just imagine, an entire country being known by the work you have done! In fact, just like the Taj Mahal, people may even flock from all over the world to see your masterpieces.

Let’s take a look at Barcelona. It’s not just home to the world’s best football player but its love story with one of history’s most famous architects, Antoni Gaudi brings droves of people who come to ooh and aah every year at his work.

Antoni Gaudi’s works of arts (that’s exactly what his projects are) include attractions like Park Guell, one of the most famous gardens in Barcelona, which hosts tours that elaborate on his architectural style. His best-known work, the still incomplete Sagrada Familia Basilica is the most visited building in the entire Spanish nation! Gaudi passed away in the 1920s and yet people are still fawning over his work almost a hundred years later!

Becoming a famous architecture is not just reserved for people who were born ages ago though.

The rich people don’t just spend all their money on things material. Take for instance the oil-rich countries of the Middle East. They built the tallest building in the world, the 828 m (that’s almost one (1) km straight up into the air!) Burj Khalifa. Adrian Smith, the architect of the Burj Khalifa can now proudly say that even Tom Cruise has jumped off one of his buildings in his Mission Impossible movies.

Other famously designed projects include Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water which was immortalised as one of “The 28 Places You Must Visit Before You Die”. France’s Villa Savoye was designated as a historical monument. Meanwhile, one of the world’s most famous current architects Bjarke Ingels, continues to lead the modern industry by designing the London Google headquarters and finding himself on TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list.

You see, it seems that there are multiple ways to make a lasting impact in the field of architecture. And the path to a lasting legacy always starts with a proper education.

This is where City University Malaysia’s Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment comes into the picture.

City University Malaysia’s Bachelor of Science with Honours in Architectural Design focuses on providing the best possible learning to young architects in the making. Everything from modern design theories to firefighting and safety is covered thoroughly during the 3 year long degree. It provides you with the perfect base to start building up your portfolio.

Modern architecture is of course a different ball game from the days of Gaudi. Gone are the hand drawn designs, concepts and plans on paper. Nowadays, computer aided design is king. CAD, along with other modern technologies are indispensable tools to every architectural firm.

City University Malaysia’s Diploma in Architectural Technology can allow you to be a part of this modern-day revolution in building design. The 3-year course teaches you the ins and outs of all the technology in the architectural ecosystem. You’ll learn how to successfully work with architects and engineers while employing cutting edge technology in your designs to build the next big skyscraper.

Buildings are not just about the exteriors however. While architecture runs the show on the outside, what’s on the inside matters just as much (similar to human beings)! There wouldn’t have been much of a point in building our Petronas Twin Towers if it wasn’t filled with the wonderful shopping mall it is today. Or imagine if The Louvre had all its exhibits placed at random locations under poor lighting. What an incredible waste that would be.

Thus, a key component of any building is interior design. The duty of an interior designer is not just to make your buildings look Instagram worthy (though of course, that is important too). Instead interior designers work to produce spaces which are conducive, safe and functional all while maintaining aesthetics.

While Bjarke Ingels may be designing Google Headquarters in London, you can be sure that Google have a team of interior designers working around the clock to decide exactly where they would want their sleep pods to be and where their staff would get their buffet style meals every day. It’s a symbiotic relationship between architects and interior designers.