Afifah Othman is a Malaysian architect based in Kuala Lumpur and Switzerland. She holds a Master degree MArch from Lucerne University of Applied Sciences. Her semester project ‘Water and Hazards: Catalogue of Measures, Buochs’ was chosen as part of the joint research project between HSLU and Kyoto Institute of Technology Japan ‘Culture of Water’ publication. She holds a Bachelors degree BArch RIBA I from University of Brighton, England. Her final Bachelors project, ‘Untitled Chapel’ was shortlisted for RIBA South East Student Prize. She was part of the conservation architect team on the conservation and upgrading works of Sultan Suleiman Royal Mosque, Klang that was awarded ‘Best Conservation Project of 2019’.
Her interest lies in implementing theoritical aspects of architecture knowledge into realisation. Afifah believes in the importance of cultural and sensitivity to baukultur as one way of moving forward architecturally. She respects historical and heritage buildings and thinks it is vital that new design style should not appear from all available and older, like a phantom to society, but as a consistent application of a set of existing inventions over time, which earlier could not be united skillfully. Hence, adding value to an existing place when transformation of a familiar style or innovation of the past could be appreciated with greater merit.