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The 1999 Auguste Perret Prize - Ken Yeang (Malaysia)

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Ken Yeang, born 6 October 1948 in Penang, Malaysia. Winner of the 1999 Auguste Perret Prize, this prolific architect is best known for his ecological architecture and his work on the theory and practice of sustainable design. After graduating in architecture at the Architectural Association School in London, he completed his Cambridge University doctoral dissertation on "A Theoretical Framework for Incorporating Ecological Considerations in the Design and Planning of the Built Environment", later published in 1995 as Designing With Nature.

Yeang has completed over 12 bioclimatic high-rise buildings, several thousand terraced houses, interior design space, numerous eco-masterplans and eco-city designs. His most celebrated works are the Roof-Roof House, the DiGi Data Centre and the Menara Mesiniaga (IBM franchise) in Malaysia, for which he won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2007. He is also known for the Singapore National Library, and Solaris building in Singapore, the Spire Edge Tower (with Abraxas Architects) in India, the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital Extension in the UK (completed by his firm Llewelyn Davies Yeang) and the Genome Research Building in Hong Kong (with ALKF & Associates).

Norman Foster (winner of the 2002 Auguste Perret Prize) praised Yeang’s “distinctive architectural vocabulary that extends beyond questions of style to confront issues of sustainability and how we can build in harmony with the natural world."

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