Biography

MAHMUD BIN MOHD JUSAN, PhD

Mahmud bin Mohd Jusan is an Associate Professor at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. He received his Diploma in Architecture from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 1982; B.Arch (Hons) from Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom in 1986; Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture from the same university in 1987; M.Sc. (Concrete Technology, Contruction and Management) from Dundee University in 1991; and Ph.D from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 2007. He joined Universiti Teknologi as an academic staff in 1983.  Besides teaching, Mahmud has been entrusted to undertake administrative posts; as Head of Department of Architecture, Head of Department of External Program, and currently as Postgraduate Coordinator of Faculty of Built Environment.

For architectural education of the country, Mahmud had served as a member of the Council of Accreditation of Architectural Education Malaysia (CAAEM), under the Board of Architects Malaysia (LAM) from 1999 to 2002. Currently he is a member of CAAEM’s (LAM) Accreditation and Validation Panel to evaluate national as well as international architectural programmes. From 2011 to 2014 Mahmud was a Member of the Council of Head of Architectural School (COHAS), an official representative for Malaysian schools of architecture  in the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE). Mahmud has  also been appointed as a Member of the Selection Committee for the National Academic Award, Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia. In publication, Mahmud has been contributing as a reviewer as well as a member of editorial boards for national as well as international publishers and conference organizers.

As an academician, Mahmud is actively involved in research activities. His main interest is in the field of user cantered architecture particularly in exploring theories and concepts of the congruence between man and his environment. Currently he is an Associate Research Fellow for Center of Built-Environment in the Malay World (KALAM), ISIIC, UTM. He has written books and book chapters, and several articles in refereed journals on the theories. He has produced several working papers presented in both national and international conferences.

Apart from being an academician, Mahmud is also a self-taught water-colourist, interested in exploring the hidden forces in the natural and man made environment.

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MY CURRENT WORKS

Currently, I am experimenting two aspects of architectural design methodology namely; 1) Modelling with physical model, and 2) Transforming behavioral theories into architectural design.

Modelling with physical model:  This is an exploration on preliminary design development using physical model. aiming at enhancing students’ design ability in developing design ideas. This method of design development encourages students to employ 3D thinking in idea development, i.e. projecting ideas volumetrically by considering a more comprehensive spatial qualities of the architectural works.

Transforming behavioral theories into architectural design: This approach to architectural design method is nothing new, but effort on transforming behavioral theories into architectural design projects is often neglected or less successful. In this semester (2016/2017 Sem 2), my Third Year architecture studio is handling a design project based on the theory of “Place attachment.” In this project the students are asked to understand how attached UTM’s Alumni to the building and places in the old UTM campus in Kuala Lumpur. The project involves studies on literature on “place attachment” which is followed by a semi-structured interview with UTM’s alumni. Later, from the interview results, the students are asked to identify which buildings and places that are remembered by the alumni. A new building will be proposed by the student to support alumni attachment to the campus. The works are now progressing