Interview with Architect Chin Pak Loong

WEDNESDAY may 01 2016
“Believe that nothing’s impossible” Chin says


Few are fortunate enough to discover their passion at a very young age and to be able to pursue what they love in their lives. Chin Pak Loong is one of the lucky few, whose passion for art and design started at a tender age of six. By the time he was only 13 years old, he already had the ambition to be an architect.

His talent and fierce devotion to art has served him well. Right after he graduated with an Honours degree in architecture from Curtin University of Technology in Australia, Chin immediately joined Banham Architects and award-winning architecture firm Overman & Zuideveld before he returned to Malaysia in 2001. Since then, he has worked at some of the most prestigious and leading firms in the country. 

Driven by years of extensive experience in a multi-disciplinary environment, Chin left his partnership with Malaysia prominent firm Arkitek MAA and ventured out to establish his own firm, CHINPAKLOONG Architect, in 2013 which specialises in the areas of architecture, interior design and visualisation. To date, Chin, who has racked up multiple awards under his belt, continues to push conventions through idiosyncratic design solutions, particularly in hospitality and commercial sectors in Malaysia and abroad. 

What do you love about being an architect? 

I love art and architecture. As one of the oldest professions in the world, architecture is a work of art in the form of buildings. I consider my profession as a hobby and my work as a passion. 

What’s your design philosophy? 

My philosophy is to constantly create better design, because no one is a king of design. 

Do you have a design style? 

I don’t confine my design to a particular style. It is always based on the client’s brief because at the end of the day, we’re designing a home and not a house. 

Where do you find inspiration? 
Everything inspires me, especially people and different cultures. I travel frequently and I tend to stay in design hotels to immerse myself in a creative environment. 

Who has been the biggest influence on your work? 

Throughout the years, I have been fortunate enough to study under the tutelage of many accomplished international architects and designers. My mentors always tell me that experience comes from exposure, and it encouraged me to never be afraid to take on things that are beyond my knowledge. 

Tell us about the most memorable project you’ve ever worked on? 

There are too many to mention but the top in the list is the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre in Kuala Lumpur. It was one of the projects which got me a lot of attention. My name was even engraved into the walls leading up to the entrance to commemorate the project when it was completed in 2003. Another memorable project is the Nouvo Club in KL, which the client gave me a lot of freedom to do what I wanted design-wise. 

What is the best advice you have received in your career? 

The best advice I’ve received is “Believe that nothing’s impossible”.

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