“We need to do something. Our children are innocent. I want our children to still be able to have outdoor fun safely, appreciate what Mother Nature has to offer while still enjoying scientific and technological progress that we have created for them.” Tony mentioned about his vision every time he met up with his friends.
Since his early days, Tony was constantly inspired by Mother Nature herself and he was already passionate about building environmental-friendly dwellings. He firmly believes even until today that Man and Nature can and will co-exist peacefully. Armed with a double degree in Environmental Design and Architecture from University of Tasmania, Australia respectively back in 2003 and 2005, the young and ambitious Tony started his career as a trainee at a local architect firm in Penang, Malaysia. During the first few years he met a lot of inspiring and exceptional people in the building industry both locally and abroad, all which eventually made him who he is today.
“What would you do if it was your children that stayed there when accidents and disasters happened? If you were capable, why not do your best to give your children a more secured future?” Asked Tony when sharing his vision with a group of young architectural interns.
Realizing that the local industry players had not been fully exposed to proper sustainable construction information, and with his daughter on her way, Tony began to wonder if he was doing enough to visualize his goals of sustainable living . Finally in 2008, with blessings from friends and family, Tony made his pivotal move to start his own architect firm – Archint Design.
“Everything has to start somewhere. And I chose to start doing what I do best, one step at a time. Most importantly I want to give my lovely daughter a cleaner and greener tomorrow, and of course for other kids as well. The last thing that I want is to lead a guilt-ridden life forever.” Tony spoke confidently during one of the interview sessions.
” My hometown Penang is truly unique. She is not called The Pearl of Orient for nothing. The people is friendly, the food is good, the environment is safe and clean. She is definitely one of the best places in the world to start with. I have a dream that one day Penang will transform into a full-fledged eco-city and I am proud that Eco Green Builder will be one of those to make this into a reality.” Added Tony while playing with her 2 year-old daughter.
“Now that the architect firm had been established, I want to do more this round, bigger and better. Eco Green Builder or EGB if you prefer to call it that way, is the brainchild of a group of like minded young professional having only one goal, that is to protect and restore the delicate balance between Human and Nature while enhancing the unique socio-economic elements of the local communities via architectural and engineering solutions. If Dato Dr. Ken Yeang could spearhead bio-climatic building design many years ago, I think I have a good chance to achieve 20% of his contribution given the current technological progress. ” Said the humble looking Tony.
“I am an architect, my friends are engineers, town planners, ecologist, environmentalists and journalists. If such a dynamic combination is not good enough then what is? And don’t forget that these people have been travelling abroad for work extensively, they may be young but they are experienced in their respective fields. With the availability of high speed broadband services, communication is a breeze and we can share and brainstorm whenever we want.” Added Tony when asked about setting up his team.
Asked if Tony is worried about rejection, he responded in a serious tone, “Being rejected by the clients is OK, but not acting after being rejected is unacceptable. Let’s face it, the things that we proposed are new, when things are new, people tend to stick with the conventional wisdom. Einstein told us that we cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking we used when we created them. Therefore if you stick with the so called conventional wisdom, you will definitely get conventional results.”
“Our team only provide what is best for the clients, nothing lesser than that. We are doing for the future of our clients, and also for the future of our children. Of all eras, this is the most promising and exciting one. We have seen unprecedented level of environmental destruction and over-harvesting, yet at the same time we have also created powerful technologies and tools to prevent, and even reverse the damage that we have caused.”
“Climate change is real and there is no doubt about it. If we make the wrong move, we will be just like the dinosaurs walking into history of time but if we make the right choice, we will ultimately spare ourselves, our loves ones from eternal misery.” When asked about the dinosaur analogy, Tony replied gleefully, “Because we are not cockroaches so we cannot adapt to the environment like they do.”” Maybe someone could make a movie with the title Planet of The Cockroaches instead of Planet of The Apes?” Tony further added with his unique sense of humour.
Tony currently has more than 12 years of experience handling more than 70 commercial and residential projects in Malaysia. He is currently running Archint Design and is a member of the following professional organizations:
- Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia (APESMA)
- Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia (CIDB)
- Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia (LAM) / Board of Architects Malaysia
- Malaysia Green Building Confederation (MGBC)
- New Zealand Insitute of Architects Incorporated (NZIA)
- Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia (PAM) / Malaysia Institute of Architects
- Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA)
- Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
- Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators (MIArb)
- Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers (MIID)
- Penang Heritage Trust (PHT)