The Competition

Competition Format and Framework

The competition is structured as a single stage, national open design ideas competition for the façade design scope of the RTS Link Bukit Chagar Station. As this is a design ideas competition,there are no obligations from the Organiser, the Promoter or any other third parties in this exercise to appoint any particular participant as Architect or consultant for any project or scope thereof.

The competition is approved and endorsed by Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia (LAM-Board of Architects Malaysia).

The competition governance framework consists of the following:

  • Competition Promoter
    Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn. Bhd. (MRT Corp)
  • Competition Organiser
    Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM)
  • Competition Secretariat
    PAM Awards & Competition Committee 2020-2021
  • Competition Convenor
    – Ar Ang Chee Cheong
    – Ar Husam Abdul Fatah Haron (Deputy Convenor)

All competition related correspondence shall be via email only to the Competition Secretariat at

Prizes and Honorarias

The Competition Organiser undertakes to accept the decision/s of the Jury Panel, and within two weeks from the date of the announcement of the Winners, to pay the prizes and honorarias to the Winners in the manner as stated below:

First Prize

RM 250,000.00 and Certificate;

comprising RM 150,000.00 prize money and a further RM 100,000.00 to be paid upon submission of a developed drawing package for implementation by the Promoter within 30 days from the announcement.

Second Prize

RM 65,000.00 and Certificate;

Third Prize

RM 35,000.00 and Certificate;

Honorary Mention/s

RM 10,000.00 and Certificate for up to three participants.

The Jury shall make the final selection of the winners; and the Jury’s decision on the same shall be final and binding on all parties concerned.


The Competition is open to all PAM corporate members with a current membership and a valid LAM registration. Proof of LAM registration and PAM membership is to be enclosed in the Registration Form.

Participants are encouraged to form multidisciplinary consortium teams comprising architects, designers, façade specialists, engineers, allied professionals, specialists, etc. The registered participant as team leader must however be an architect with valid PAM corporate membership and LAM registration.

No member of the Competition Secretariat, the Competition Promoter, the Jury Panel, nor any associate, employee, family member, nor any person, consultant or company who has been concerned with the preparation or organisation of the RTS project team and competition, shall be eligible to compete, or to assist a competitor.

There are no limits to the number of entries submitted by a participant who complies with the above item/s. However, the rules of the Competition herein (including the registration and submission procedure and payment of the requisite fee for each registration) shall likewise be applicable to each additional entry.


The Registration Form is available online from this website.

Only registered participants may submit queries and entries to the Competition. A registration fee of RM 318.00 (inclusive of 6% Government service tax) is payable to PAM for registration. The registration fee is non-refundable unless the competition is, for whatever reason or circumstances, cancelled before the end of the submission of queries period.

Upon receipt of proof of payment of the registration fee and the Registration Form with the supporting documents, a receipt and password for downloading the competition package shall be issued.


By or Not later than
Official Project Ground Breaking ceremony – Johor Bahru
Sun, 22 Nov 2020
Competition and website launch, open for registrations
Mon, 23 Nov 2020
Closing of registration and submission of queries period
Fri, 11 Dec 2020
Replies to Queries
Wed, 16 Dec 2020
Competition closing date for submissions of entries (9 weeks)
Mon, 25 Jan 2021
Shortlisting / Technical Review (6 to 10 entries)
Fri, 29 Jan 2021
Jury Meeting and Deliberations – Johor Bahru
Mon, 08 Feb 2021
Announcement of Competition Results
end Feb 2021


  • The Competition Organiser reserves the right to amend the above schedule to address arising circumstances.
  • Submission deadline dates above will be deemed to mean 5.00pm on the stated dates.
  • All event venues are scheduled in Kuala Lumpur unless otherwise

Evaluation Criterias

The Jury Panel shall assess the submissions according to the following criterias:

  • Design Concept Excellence  – 30%
  • Innovation and Technology – 20%
  • Constructability and Assembly  – 20%
  • Maintenance and Occupancy Issues  – 15%
  • Environmental and Sustainable Design – 15%

Upon submission of entries, the Jury Panel shall first undertake the task of shortlisting the submissions and to review the technical merits of the submissions. For the purpose of the shortlisting, the Jury Panel shall be assisted by a Technical Review Committee comprising a minimum of 3 persons to be nominated by the Competition Organiser and Promoter, and whose function will be solely to advise the Jury Panel with no voting rights. The final shortlisted participants (6 to 10 participants) will be invited to make a short presentation to the Jury Panel.

The Jury Panel shall make the final selection of the winners and the decisions on the same shall be final and binding on all parties concerned. No further inquiries shall be entertained.