Biography

Name : MOHD SAROFIL BIN ABU BAKAR
Date of Birth : 10 November 1951
Place of Birth : Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu
Nationality : Malaysian
Marital Status : Married
Correspondence : Department of Landscape Architecture
Faculty of Built Environment
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
81310 Skudai
Johore, WEST MALAYSIA
Tel : (6) 07-5537372 / (6) 07-5530606
Fax : (6) 07-5566155
E-mail: b-sarofil@utm.my
Current and Past Position :
(a) Positions in UTM : Associate Professor
Department of Landscape Architecture
Faculty of Built Environment
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
81310 Skudai
Johore, WEST MALAYSIA
(18 April 1995)
Course Director of Landscape Architecture
Faculty of Built Environment
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
81310 Skudai
Johore, WEST MALAYSIA
(15 June 1997 – 1 January 1998)
Head of Department
Department of Architecture
Faculty of Built Environment
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
81310 Skudai
Johore, WEST MALAYSIA
 (15 June 1994 – 15 June 1997)
(b) Positions Outside UTM : Student’s Demonstrator, Department of Landscape School of Architecture Studies
The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Student’s Demonstrator
Faculty of Education Studies
Universiti Pertanian Malaysia
(1976)
Professional Accreditation : Corporate Member of Institute Landscape Architects (ILA) Malaysia
Membership No: 9100106
Graduate Member of Lembaga Akitek Malaysia
Membership No: AG/M/42
Professional Experience : Assistant to Landscape Architect, Conlon H.P. Sheffield University, United Kingdom
(1987)
Architect with Akitek Jaya Malaysia
(1983 – 1985)
Designer with Akitek Regional Singapore
(1981)
Model Maker with J.M. Kiang Professional Model Maker
 (1980)
Designer with Akitek Indahreka Malaysia
(1987)
Designer with Akitek Perunding Malaysia
(1987)
Academic Qualifications : Ph.D (Landscape Design)
The University of Sheffield
United Kingdom
(March 2002)
M.A. (Landscape Design)
The University of Sheffield
United Kingdom
(1988)
B.Arch (Hons)
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
(1983)
Dip. Arch.,
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
(1980)
Dip. Sc. cum Cert. Education
Universiti Pertanian Malaysia
(1976)
Papers and Publication : “Affordance of Ward and Garden Towards Restorative Process of Hospitalised Children. “Paper presented at Conference organized by International Network for Tropical Architecyure, Universitas Duta Wacana Christian, Jogjakarta.
(3-5 April 2006)
(Co-writer).
“Caregivers” Evaluation on Hospitalized Children’s Preferences Concerning Garden and Ward” in Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering.
(November 2005/338)
(Co-writer).
“Landscape for Children to Play and Learn: A Conceptual Comparison Between Natural Stream and Playground” in Jurnal Teknologi. No. 42(B) < Jun 2005
 (Co-writer)
Ph.D Thesis
“Children Drawings as Research Tool: Establishing   Children’s Environmental Concepts and Preferences with Reference to Urban Open Space Planning and Design in Johore Bahru, Malaysia.”
Department of Landscape Architecture
Faculty of Architectural Studies
The University of Sheffield
United Kingdom
(October 2001)
“Eco-Friendly Retreat – An Experience from Urban Forest Project, Johore Bahru. “ Paper presented at the “International Symposium on Ecology and Engineering.” Organised by Coastal Offshore Engineering Institute, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Centre for Water Research, University of Western Australia – October, 1994.
(Co-writer)
The Making of Recreational Space. “ Paper presented in the “Toward a Caring Society – Seminar on Recreational Space of Playground of Tommorow. “ Organised by Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia and co-sponsored by Playworld System (M) Sdn Bhd (1994)
“Perancangan dan Rekabentuk Taman Rekreasi. “Paper presented in the “Kursus Perancangan Kemudahan Rekreasi untuk Kawasan Bandar.  Organised by INTAN, Kluang, Johor. (1994)
“Kata Dikota-Praokupasi Dalam Menangani Perubahan Arkitektur. “Paper presented in the Simposium Senibina Pengajian Bangunan dan Perumahan PBP)>  Organised by Universiti Sains Malaysia
(1994). (Co-writer)
“Rekabentuk Tandas Awam Ala Malaysia. “ Paper presented at the “Kursus Perancangan dan Pengurusan Tandas Awam. “Organised by INTAN, Kluang, Johor (1993)
“A Perspective on the Potentials of Malaysia Resources  for the Tourism. “Paper presented in the “IFLA Eastern Regional Conference. “Organised by Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA)
(1991). (Co-writer)
M.A Dissertation
“Perisian Urban Park. “and” An Essay on Alhambra and Generalife, Granada.
Department of Landscape Architecture
Faculty of Architecture Studies
The University of Sheffield
United Kingdom
(1988).
Final Year Design Thesis
“The Planning and Design of Faculty of Architectural
Studies, UPM.” Department of Architecture, Faculty of Built Environment, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
(1983).
Aechitectural and Landscape Workd :
2003-2006 : Bunga Raya Park for Majlis Bandaraya Johor Bahru (MBJB)
2001-2006 : Rumah Melayu Johor for Majlis Bandaraya Johor Bahru (MBJB)
1992-1998 : Muar Waterfront Landscape Development – A Master Plan and Report Study for Majlis Daerah Muar Selatan.
Assiatant Project Manager for Linear Park at Jalan Tun Abdul Razak for Majlis Perbandaran Johor Bahru.  Completed in July 1993.
Project Manager for Sungai Sarang Buaya Hilir, Muar – A Development for Agro-Tourism. A master Plan and Report Study for Ministry of Agriculture.
Completed in July 1994.
Project Manager of Urban Forest Development for Majlis Bandaraya Johor Bahru (MBJB). A recreational park covering 49 acres of site situated within JOhore Bahru City.  Main facilities include Office Building, Food Garden, Orchid Garden, Camping Ground, Man-made lakes, Children Palyground, Orchid Garden and Ecological Park as well as public facilities.  The project has started in July 1990 and the first phase was completed in 1993. Phase IIA (Camping Ground was completed in 1994). Phase IIB (Children Playground was completed in 1998).
1990-1992 : Landscape work of Restoran Melayu for Kementerian Kebudayaan dan Pelancongan
Architectural and Landscape design of Leisure farm project for Tye Soon Co. Ltd. In Kota Tinggi.  A single storey timber complex building with various facilities set very well in natural environment, durian orchard, farm and recreational facilities.  The project involved both     architectural and landscape works offering a wide range of experience namely site planning, design, detail constructuion, supervisioan and project management.
Landscape Master Plan for Taman Teknologi Malaysia at Bukit Jalil.
Landscape consultant in preparation of Action Are Plan of Tampoi New Town Centre for UDA.
Kota Tinggi Waterfront Landscape Development –    Master Plan for Majlis Daerah Kota Tinggi.
1987-1983 Bungalow design at Shah Alam for Southern Bank Manager.
Swiss Cottage Bungalow design
Mosque at Sri Menanti, Muar, Johor
Sarawak Medical Centre (partly)
Condominium Design at Hulu Kelang.
Wisma Zakat at Alor Setar for Majlis Hal Ehwal Agama Islam Kedah at Jalan Teluk Wan Jah (11 storeys office with 2 storeys multi-purpose podium).
Proposed Chalet with Club house at Bahau, Negeri   Sembilan for JKR.
Two blocks of luxury apartment (22 units), one unit penthouse, and one unit two storey club house with swimming pool and squash court on Lot 46, Section 94B, Mukim Kuala Lumpur.
Tioman Island Resort, Tioman Island, Pahang.
Renovation design for Malayan Bank at Tapah, Perak.
Proposed Chalet at Bemban, Negeri Sembilan.
Asean Bintulu Fertilizer Plant, Training and Administration Building, Bintulu, Sarawak.
Terrace house 9Taman Bukit Teratai) on Lot 9071-9075 Mukim Ampang, Hulu Langat, Selangor.
Academic and Administrative Responsibilities : Supervisor for a Ph.D student
Supervisor for a Master student.
External Examiner for Master student.
Co-ordinator for Post-graduate Course in Landscape Architecture.
Faculty Academic Committee Member.
Internal Quality Auditor for the Faculty.
Landscape Seminar 2002 supervisor.
Studio Master for a Topical Study; Final Comprehensive; Urban Landscape; Community Landscape design studios.
Teaching (Subjects : Professional Pratice; Landscape Constuction III; Park and Recreation Planning; Introduction to Landscape Architecture).
Planning and design for community works (school, mosque etc.).
Research Interest : School’s Landscape, A study towards establishing the need and importance of landscape in contributing arning, experience with nature for children.  The focus is on children’s perception towards learning environment outside formal class room within the school ground.
Research Supervision and Research Examiner
a) Research Supervision and : 1. PhD. Research
Name of student : Ismail bin Said
Title of PhD Research : Garden as restorative environment for children in Malaysia Hospital.
Period : 2003 – 2006 (graduated)
2. PhD. Research
Name of student : Rustam Hakim
Title of PhD Research : Urban Green Space Management Base on Good Governance in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Period : 2006 –
3. PhD. Research
Name of student : Ida Suriani Ismail
Title of PhD Research : Identity of New Towns in Malaysia
Period : 2006 –
4. Master Research
Name of student : Rohayah Che Amat
Title of PhD Research : The Establishment of English Colonial Garden Characters of Hill Station, Penang Hill
Period : 2004 – 2005 (graduated)
5. Master Research
Name of student : Khazainun bte Zaini
Title of PhD Research : Children’s Concept on School Ground Landscape
Period : 2003 – 2007 (graduated)
b) Thesis Examiner  : 1. PhD. Thesis
Name of student : Muhammad Koswadi
Institution : Islamic International University Malaysia (IIUM)
Title of Thesis : The Ability of Urban Park for Water Conservation Case StudyJakarta.
Examination Date : 4th April 2007
2. PhD. Thesis
Name of student : Syarmila Hani bt. Harun
           Institution : Universiti Sains Malaysia
Title of Thesis : Territorial Functioning Among different Ethnic Groups : A Case Study USJ, Subang Jaya
Examination Date : 12th September 2007
3. M. Phil Thesis
Name of student : Nor Atiah Ismail
Institution : Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Title of Thesis : Cultural Responsive Landscape Planting Composition in Rural Perak Malay Residential Garden
Examination Date : 12th September 2002
4. M. Phil Thesis
Name of student : Longuet Christine @ Rohani Abdullah
Institution : Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Title of Thesis : House Compounds in Terengganu as Cultural Landscape
Examination Date : 19th September 2006
5. M. Phil Thesis
Name of student : Wong Hong Wei
Institution : Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Title of Thesis : User Perception of Gated and Guarded Residential Community
Examination Date : 30th November 2006