SRBE2020 ends 6/2/2020 Next SRBE2022 in January,  Manipal, Karnataka, India

Scroll down for the rendition of photos taken during the SRBE2020 event at KAED, IIUM from 4-6th February 2020

February 04 - 06, 2020

Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design,
International Islamic University Malaysia,

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University (Geelong, Australia) and Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design, International Islamic University Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), will jointly host the “1st International Symposium on Sustainable Rural Built Environments (SRBE): From Engagement To Impact”. The symposium launches Intercultural Dialogue through Design (iDiDe), established 2010 as a global student engagement platform for architecture and built environment disciplines, into the realm of socially responsible research.

The symposium is concerned with case studies, practices, research and educational research pertaining to social and cultural needs, sustainability, and community engagement in design and construction in a rural context from all parts of the world with special emphasis on translating this work from engagement into impact. The papers will be peer-reviewed prior to inclusion in the symposium proceedings. Selected paper authors will be invited to contribute book chapters to be published by IGI Global on “Sustainable Rural Built Environments: From Engagement to Impact.”

The Symposium is part of KAED, IIUM Sustainable Development Goals Flagship. 

Symposium Themes

Symposium Poster

  • Intercultural Dialogue through Design and Built Environment Education

  • Rural Community Engagement in Design & Construction

  • Sustainable Construction for Rural Communities

  • Social and Cultural - Indigenous and Heritage

  • Rural Planning - Human Ecology



Opening, Welcoming, Keynote Speakers

Professor Ar Dr Abdul Razak Sapian

Dean, Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design (KAED)

International Islamic University Malaysia.


Muhammad Nazim Abd Rahman

Deputy,Under Secretary for Strategic Planning Division,

Ministry of Rural Development


Welcoming Remarks


Professor Dr Anthony Mills

Head, School of Architecture and Environmental Design 

Deakin University


Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dato Dzulkifli Abdul Razak,

Rector, International Islamic University Malaysia


4th February 2020 and 

Keynote 4 on 5th February 2020  

John-Son Oei

- CEO + Co-Founder, Epic Collective

- Founder, Epic Homes.



Keynote: February 5th, 2020

Symposium Day 2

Bernadine Caruana


(Education and Science) - Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur


Keynote: February 4th, 2020

Symposium Day 1

Dean Landy

- Director, Clarke Hopkins 

- Founder, One Heart Foundation

- Recipient, Deakin University Young Alumni of the Year Award, 2017


Keynote: February 4th, 2020

Symposium Day 1

Ajith Andagere

- Director, Andagere Architects and Rural Studio

- Founder, Samarakshan.


Keynote: February 5th, 2020

Symposium Day 2

Keynote: February 6th, 2020

Symposium Day 3


Co-Chair and Co-Convenors:

Datin Ar. Associate Professor Dr Norwina Mohd Nawawi

International Islamic University Malaysia, Malaysia

Ms Susan Ang

Deakin University, Australia

Chairman, SRBE Scientific Committee 

Professor David Jones

Deakin University, Australia

Call For Papers and Participation

Authors need to register through EasyChair in order to submit abstracts and full papers.

SRBE 2020 EasyChair registration:

Abstracts are to be up to 300 words and should consist of a brief, but comprehensive summary of the purpose, methodology, findings, and conclusions of the manuscript. Define abbreviations and acronyms the first time they are used in the text. The Abstract form is found within EasyChair.

Please refer to Important Dates for deadlines.

Important Dates


Symposium Date

4-6th February 2020

early bird registration

ending 30/1/2020

Paper Submission

Full paper submission is to follow the provided template (MS Word only).

If you have any questions about the paper template please email directly to


When ready, please upload your paper into your EasyChair registration like you did your Abstract. The reviewers may have suggested changes to your Abstract so please action that on the EasyChair system when you upload. If the EasyChair system prevents you from uploading your paper pdf due to MB size, please compress your images in the first instance and re-save as a pdf, before attempting to re-lodge.


We will try to process paper refereeing as quickly as possible, as they are lodged, and try to get the advice and recommendations returned to you promptly irrespective of the Symposium www and EasyChair stated dates.


Letter of Invitation:

A separate formal letter of invitation from the Committee will be provided upon submission and acceptance of your paper for your use at your university and or with arranging any visa.


Keynote Speakers:

A separate formal letter of invitation will be sent by the Organisers for your necessary travel arrangement. 


Symposium Registration:

Please ensure that you have registered for the Symposium at

All Symposium and registration questions should go through the Symposium www site at

Oral/ Slides Presentation

Refer guidelines at menu


Paper Inclusion in Symposium Proceedings:

One author of the paper must be a Symposium registrant for the paper to be included in the Proceedings.



Please review your visa arrangements, and the currency of your passport, ready for you to visit Malaysia in February 2020.



Kindly make your own arrangements for accommodation in Kuala Lumpur. Refer to website under MORE for suggestions.



Finally, on behalf of the Symposium Scientific Committee and the Organising Committee, we look forward to meeting, listening and engaging with you in Kuala Lumpur in February 2020!.


Yours sincerely,



Chair – SRBE Scientific Committee

LAM 6 CPD Points for those attended


Registration Fee and Mode of Payment

Academic / Professional Rates

(Includes SRBE Dinner Event)

Early Bird (until 30 January 2020)

RM960 (MYR) / $230 (USD)

Full Rate

RM1200 (MYR) / $300 (USD)

Dinner is included in full registration of SRBE. Kindly register for headcount in SRBE Dinner event after registration at 

Student / Alumni 

(Excludes SRBE Dinner Event)

Payment Link

Academic/Professional Rates

Full Rate

RM600 (MYR) / $150 (USD)


  • 1/2 refund until 9th January 2020.

  • No refund after 10th January 2020

Student/ Alumni Rates

Use the same link above and scroll down at Rate window for Student/Alumni Rate

Kindly email proof of payment at and

Other Types of Payment

Daily Walk-In Fee -Non-Presenter only (available on site)

-exclude dinner                                                       RM200.00 only for a day

IIUM/ International Student studying in Malaysia / Malaysian Student Participant-Presenter (3 days)

-Exclude dinner but with the symposium kit       RM400.00 (Discounted RM200) with evidence of bonafide student credentials

All Students-Non Presenter (per day)   (available on site)

-no dinner, no symposium kit                               RM50.00 only per day

All Student - Non Presenter (3 days) 

- Exclude dinner with the symposium kit            RM200.00 (with evidence of bonafide student credentials)

IIUM Academic Staff Non-Presenters ( 3 days)

- Exclude dinner but with the symposium kit     RM300.00

Limited on campus accommodation

Please be informed that all application for room rental can be submitted online through the link below(room subject to availability)


Power Shut Down

IIUM informed of power shut down from 25-27/1/2020. All transaction affected. Thus early bird registration extended till 30/1/2020.

Health Matters update:

There is NO alert epidemic or refuse of entry of Chinese nationals to Malaysia unless they came from China and specifically from Wuhan and Hubei District. Kindly refer to authorised channel for confirmation.


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Symposium SRBE 2020 Schedule 

Full Final Programme of SRBE2020 and Alumni/SRBEdinner (05/02/2020 )

The Venue

Level 1

Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design

Level 2

Cancelled due to Visa Delay.




Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design (KAED)

International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)

Jalan Gombak

53100 Kuala Lumpur


SRBE2020 pictorial journal

where caring minds meet and discuss

Moments of the symposium taken randomly in time from 4th February to 6th February 2020.

Day 1 covers the opening officiation through the launching of the exhibition. Keynotes session and discussion, the plenary session that follows and the idide alumni network interlude with dinner afterwards.

Day 2 rises with Keynotes of the day and array of Plenary session that end scientific papers with a free evening.

Day 3 finalises the keynote that provides venture to the partnership with industry discussion opportunities.

Closing ceremony witness rewards speakers, chairman and moderators including the passing of the baton for the next hosts.


©2019 by Norwina Mohd Nawawi (IIUM), Susan Ang & Michael Sharman (Deakin)