The collaboration of UTM students from the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Built Environment and the Faculty of Civil Engineering win Top 2 prizes at the prestigious Malaysian Structural Steel Assoc. Open Ideas Competition 2017  Open to all Public Malaysian Schools of Architecture and Engineering the  First prize earned the srudents RM10000 and the 2nd prize RM7000. The winners announcement and prize giving ceremony was held on Thursday, April 13, 2017 during the International Construction Week 2017 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

The team that won the first prize consisted of 4 Architecture students and 2  Civil Engineering Students under the supervision of  Dr Abdul Halim Hussein from the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Built Environment, and Assoc. Prof Dr Arizu Sulaiman from the Faculty of Civil Engineering. The  students in the team are Lee Tsun Xian, Team Leader, David Nee Zhi Kang, Lo Wei Meng and Ng Kar King from 3rd yr B Sc Architecture Programme, and Liew Zheng Jia and Yap Zhen Shyong from the 3rd Year Bachelor of Civil Engineering​ Programme.

The second place winners, also supervised by Dr Abdul Halim consisted of 5 architecture and one civil  engineering students, were Khasrul Hanif Hazirin bin Mohd Yusof (team leader), Ain Nadhirah bt Ismail, Kamarul Zaman Bin Zulkifli, Lim Jia Sing, (3rd year B Sc Arch), Ooi Soon Theng (M Arch) and Siti Nur Sakinah Sulaiman (3rd Yr Bachelor of Civil Engineering​)

The competition was for the design of  a youth oriented Centre utilising structural steel domes. The jury, which included an International Juror Mr Michael Holloway from Grimshaw’s  Southern Asia Business, a prestigious international Architectural practice, were especially impressed with the First Place entry that was deemed to be very thoughtful and creative and yet was innovatively and approprately functional for the youth centre and structurally plausible as well.