Membership Guidelines

PERTUBUHAN AKITEK MALAYSIA (PAM) MEMBERSHIP GUIDE

NAME AND OBJECTIVE OF THE INSTITUTE

1.1 Name
  The name of the Institute shall be "Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (Malaysian Institute of Architects)" (PAM).
  Address and Place of Business
  Its place of business shall be 4 & 6 Jalan Tangsi, 50480 Kuala Lumpur or at such other place or places as may from time to time be decided on by the Council; and its registered postal address for correspondence shall be P.O. Box 10855, 50726 Kuala Lumpur. The place of business and postal address shall not be changed without the prior approval of the Registrar of Societies.
1.2 Objectives
  The Objects of the Institute are:
1.2.1 To promote and enlarge knowledge, study and practice of architecture and the various arts and sciences connected therewith.
1.2.2 To provide a central organization for architecture in the form of a learned and scientific society for art and science of architecture and to provide for the definition and qualification of the profession of architecture.
1.2.3 To provide a central organization for architecture in the form of a learned and scientific society for art and science of architecture and to provide for the definition and qualification of the profession of architecture.
1.2.4 To promote friendly interaction and discourse amongst Architects, and to hold meetings for readings and discussions of matters relating to the art and science of architecture.
1.2.5 To promote friendly interaction and discourse amongst Architects, and to hold meetings for readings and discussions of matters relating to the art and science of architecture.
1.2.6 To obtain and disseminate among the Members, information on matters affecting the profession and to compile, print , sell, lend, publish, issue or distribute the proceedings and reports of the Institute or any papers, periodicals, books, circulars and other literary undertakings or any extracts therefrom as may seem conducive to any of these objects.
1.2.7 To provide facilities interchange with other associations carrying on similar work or with Governments, local authorities, educational and scientific bodies engaged in research on matters relating to the work, theory or practice of architecture or allied subjects
1.2.8 To arrange for alliance or affiliation with any Institution, Association or Society with similar object to those of the Institute on such terms or conditions as may be in the interests of the Institute.
1.2.9 To arrange for alliance or affiliation with any Institution, Association or Society with similar object to those of the Institute on such terms or conditions as may be in the interests of the Institute.
1.2.10 To preserve and to maintain the integrity and status of the profession; to suppress dishonourable and unprofessional conduct or practices; to lay down a Code of Professional Conduct, Conditions of Engagement and a Scale of Professional Charges which shall be binding on all Members and to regulate the practice of the profession of architecture by its Members.
1.2.11 To institute Chapters consisting of such Members as may be resident in any territory as defined from time to time in accordance with the Constitution of the Institute and to confer on such Chapters all such powers, authorities and discretion as may be thought fit.
1.2.12 To institute Chapters consisting of such Members as may be resident in any territory as defined from time to time in accordance with the Constitution of the Institute and to confer on such Chapters all such powers, authorities and discretion as may be thought fit.
1.2.13 To hold examinations of proficiency in the science and art of architecture and to award certificates thereof.
1.2.14 To hold exhibition of works of architectural interest and to allocate any portion of funds for this purpose.
1.2.15 To work closely with other members of the building industry for the betterment and development of the industry.
1.2.16 To originate and promote improvement in the law and regulations affecting architects, architecture and other matters connected with them.
1.2.17 To promote the appreciation, confidence and understanding of the public in the profession and architecture.
1.2.18 To establish, form and maintain libraries and collection of models, designs, drawings and other articles of interest in connection with the art and science of architecture.
1.2.19 To purchase, lease, hire or otherwise acquire suitable premises for the use of the Institute and to manage, improve and to develop and utilize any such premises and to sell, mortgage, let or dispose of the same.
1.2.20 To acquire by purchase, take or lease, gift or otherwise any real or personal property and any rights or privileges necessary or convenient for the purpose of the Institute and to resell, lease, or sublease, mortgage, surrender, or turn to account, or otherwise dispose of such property or any part thereof, and to erect upon such land, and building or other structure for the purpose of the Institute and to alter, add to, or maintain the same.
1.2.21 To accept donations, legacies or loans (free of interest) to be applied to the objects of the Institute.
1.2.22 To borrow any monies required for the purposes of the Institute upon such terms and upon such security as may be determined.
1.2.23 To institute, carry or discontinue any legal proceedings in the name of the Institute or its Officers, Servants or Members for the recovery of any debts or demands claimed by or on behalf of the Institute or for the assertion of any actual or supposed rights or privileges of the Institute or any Member thereof and to defend any legal proceedings commenced against the Institute or any Member thereof in his capacity or representing the Institute and to pay out of the funds of the Institute any costs or charges incurred in connection with such legal proceedings.
1.2.24 To invest the monies of the Institute not immediately required upon such securities or in such manner as may from time to time be determined.
1.2.25 To lend money or give financial assistance by way of donation or subscription or otherwise to any association or other body not carrying business for profit.
1.2.26 To make loans or grants of money, books, equipment or otherwise for the purpose of training candidates in the architectural profession and for the promotion of research work in relation to building science or to the art and science of architecture.
1.2.27 To devote any portion of the funds of the Institute to the establishment of a trust fund or to the formation or endowment of scholarships or otherwise assist the architectural education of students or others who may desire to qualify for the architectural education of students or others who may desire to qualify for the practice of architecture, and in connection therewith to hold lectures, classes, and examinations in the science and art of architecture and to award certificates of proficiency.
1.2.28 To appoint any persons to accept and hold in trust for the Institute any property belonging to the Institute or in which it is interested and to execute and do all such deeds, instruments, acts and things as may be requisite to vest in the same in such person or persons and to remunerate any such persons.

MEMBERSHIP OF THE INSTITUTE

2.1 Category and Classes of Membership
2.1.1 There shall be two categories of membership, namely, Corporate membership and non-Corporate membership and each category of membership of the Institute may have one or more classes.
2.1.2 The category of Corporate membership shall be divided into the following classes:

(a) Ordinary Member

(b) Retired Member

(c) Overseas Member

(d) Fellow Member

2.1.3 The category of non-Corporate membership shall be divided into the following classes:

(a) Honorary Member

(b) Graduate Member

(c) Associate Graduate Member

(d) Student Member

(e) Academic Member

(f) Academic Member

2.2 Qualifications for Corporate membership
2.2.1 Every person desirous of qualifying for candidature as a Corporate member must possess Malaysian citizenship or permanent resident status in Malaysia and an architectural qualification which this constitution and the bye-laws may prescribe or allow and which is acceptable to the Council of the Institute.
2.2.2 Ordinary Members
  Any applicant who

(a) has obtained the architectural qualification from school recognised by the Institute and

(b) has been a Graduate member of the Institute for a minimum of 2 years and

(c) having obtained the necessary practical experience as required by the Institute and

(d) having passed the professional practice and practical experience Part 3 examinations recognised by the Institute or

having obtained the academic qualifications, the necessary practical experience and professional qualifications as above which qualifies the candidate for registration with the Board of Architects Malaysia as an architect under the Architects Act 1967 (Revised 1973).

shall be deemed acceptable to the Council for admission to the ordinary Corporate membership of the Institute as per Bye-laws.

2.2.3 Retired Members
  Any ordinary Member who has attained the age of 60 years, and who has voluntarily retired from practice and ceased to be registered with the Board of Architects Malaysia shall, upon request by the prescribed form as per Bye-laws and subject to approval of Council, be eligible for the rights and privileges which this Constitution and the Bye-laws may prescribe or allow.
2.2.4 Overseas Members
  Any ordinary Member who, for whatever reason, intends to reside overseas for a minimum of 1 year or has ceased to reside in Malaysia permanently shall upon request by the prescribed form as per Bye-laws and subject to the approval of Council, be eligible for the rights and privileges which this Constitution and the Bye-laws may prescribe or allow.
2.2.5 Fellow Member
  Any person who has been a Corporate Member for not less than 20 years, of good standing and who has contributed to the works of the Institute, or the profession or the industry, may apply or be recommended for the Fellowship of the Institute.
2.3 Qualifications for non-Corporate Membership
2.3.1 Every person, desirous of qualifying for admission as a non-Corporate Member must possess qualification which this Constitution and the Bye-laws may prescribe or allow and which is acceptable to the Council of the Institute.
2.3.2 Honorary Members
 

(a) Any person, who is not eligible for Corporate membership of the Institute may be elected as an Honorary member if he is, by reason of his eminence, interest in Architecture and the arts and sciences connected therewith and of his contribution to the objectives of the Institute, considered by the Council to be eligible for the honour of Honorary membership.

(b) Such person shall be nominated for election to Honorary membership of the Institute by resolution of the Council for which due notice shall be given to every member of the Council and if carried unanimously by those present and voting by secret ballot at a meeting of the Council.

(c) Such nomination will then be considered by a panel of Past Presidents and fellows appointed by the Council as per Bye-laws on the recommendation of the panel such person shall then be elected as Honorary member by the Council.

(d) The number of Honorary members shall not exceed ten in number at any one time at the date of the election.

(e) Such Honorary members may remain Honorary members at the pleasure of the Council.

2.3.3 Graduate Members
  Any person who

(a) has Malaysian citizenship or permanent resident status in Malaysia, and

(b) who is not eligible for Ordinary Corporate Membership under clause 11.2.2. and

(c) having completed a course of studies from a school which is recognised by the Institute as equivalent to passing the Part I and Part II examinations of the Institute, or

(d) having passed the Part I and Part II examinations recognised by the Institute, and

(e) qualifies him for registration as an Architectural Graduate under the Architects Act 1967 (Revised 1973).

shall be deemed acceptable to the Council for admission to Graduate membership of the Institute as per Bye-laws and shall not remain a Graduate member after he has passed the Part III examination recognised by the Institute which qualifies him to be a candidate for Corporate membership.

2.3.4 Student Members
  Any Person who

(a) is not less than 16 years of age, and

(b) having passed the Malaysian Certificate of Education or Cambridge Overseas School Certificate or Higher School Certificate or any examination recognised as being equivalent and acceptable by the Council, and

(c) having been admitted to a course leading to a professional degree or diploma in architecture.

shall be deemed to be acceptable by the Council for admission to Student membership of the Institute as per Bye-laws. A university or university college student in Malaysia shall not be admitted as a member unless with the prior approval of the Vice-Chancellor of the university or the university college concerned. No person shall remain as a Student member for more than ten years after the date of his admission as a Student member, provided that the Council may in any case before the expiration of the said period of ten years extend such period on the application of the Student member concerned.

Any person who meets the prescribed qualification shall, upon application by the prescribed form as per Bye-laws and subject to approval of Council, be admitted to Student membership. Such Student members shall not be required to pay any fees and shall be eligible for only such rights and privileges which this Constitution and Bye-laws may prescribe or allow.

2.3.5 Academic Members
 

(a) possesses qualifications in architecture acceptable to the Council for this class of membership and is interested in the objectives of the Institute and

(b) has been lecturing or teaching architecture full time in a college or university or engaged in building research or special projects in Malaysia and

(c) is residing in Malaysia and

(d) is not qualified for admission as a Corporate member or Student member may upon nomination by the prescribed form as per Bye-laws and subject to the approval of the Council be eligible to be admitted as an Academic member. The Council may at any time and without being required to give any reason terminate his membership.

2.3.6 Associate Graduate Members
 

(a) has graduated from a school of architecture but who is not qualified for admission as a Corporate member, Graduate member or Student member but acceptable to the Council for this class of membership and is interested in the objectives of the Institute, and

(b) is employed full time in an architectural practice or engaged in the building and design industry and

(c) is residing in Malaysia

may upon nomination by the prescribed form as per Bye-laws and subject to the approval of the Council be eligible to be admitted as an Associate Graduate Member. The Council may at any time and without being required to give any reason terminate his membership.

2.3.7 International Members
 

(a) has graduated from a school of architecture and is not qualified for admission as a Corporate member, Graduate member, Associate Graduate member, Academic member or Student member but acceptable to the Council for this class of membership and is interested in the objectives of the Institute and

(b) is a Corporate Member in his country or hold equivalent membership of an Institute of architects which itself is a member institute of the International Union of Architects (UIA)

may upon nomination by the prescribed form as per Bye-laws and subject to the approval of the Council be eligible to be admitted as an International Member. The Council may at any time and without being required to give any reason terminate his membership.

2.4 Use of Suffixes
  Subject to the provisions of the Architects Act, 1967 (Revised 1973) for the time being in force.

(a) A Corporate member who has been duly admitted under the clauses prescribed in this Constitution may use after his name any description or initials indicative of his class of membership of the Institute which the Bye-laws may prescribe or allow in regard to that class of membership.

(b) An honorary office bearer of the Institute may use after his name any description or initials indicative of his honorary office of the Institute which the Bye-laws may prescribe or allow in regard to the honorary office.

2.5 Qualification Examinations
  Subject to the provisions of the Architects Act 1967 (Revised 1973) for the time being in force all examinations deemed necessary to qualify applicants for admission to membership shall be conducted at such time, manner and place as may be appointed by the Council and as prescribed under the Bye-laws.

ELECTION OF MEMBERS

3.1 Applications for Membership
3.1.1 Every applicant for admission as a Corporate Member, Graduate Member, Associate Graduate Member and Student Member shall make and subscribe a statement that he is eligible under the Constitution and that he is willing, if admitted to be bound by this Constitution and the Bye-Laws and any other Regulations of the Institute in force for the time being.
3.1.2 Every applicant for admission as an Ordinary member, Graduate Member, Associate Graduate Member, Student member or as a Academic member shall make application and be proposed by at least two Corporate members of the Institute in accordance with the proposal form as per Bye-laws of his class of membership to which admission is sought.
3.1.3 Every applicant for admission as an Ordinary member, Graduate Member, Associate Graduate Member, Student member or as a Academic member shall make application and be proposed by at least two Corporate members of the Institute in accordance with the proposal form as per Bye-laws of his class of membership to which admission is sought.
3.1.4 The proposal of every applicant for admission to any class of membership must be forwarded to the Honorary Secretary for submission to Council and if the Council approve such proposal and find such candidate to be eligible and qualified according to the Constitution and Bye-Laws for the time being in force, he shall be admitted to membership in the class to which he has been proposed and such admission shall be recorded in the minutes of the Council meeting at which such nomination is approved.
3.2 Refusal of Application
  The Council reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant for membership for any of the reasons listed in Clause III 7 or for not complying to this Constitution and Bye-laws relating to qualification for membership and the Council shall not be obliged to give any reason for its admission or refusal to admit a person to any category or class of membership.
3.3 Payment of Entrance Fees and Subscriptions
3.3.1 Application for membership shall be accompanied by the entrance fee together with the first annual subscription appropriate to the class of membership to which admission is sought. In the event the applicant is not admitted by the Council such fees and subscription paid shall be refunded to the applicant.
3.3.2 The Honorary Secretary shall send to every person who is admitted notice of his admission soon as is practicable after the date of the admission together with a copy of this Constitution, the Bye-laws and the Codes of Professional Conduct.
3.4 Rights, Privileges and Obligations
3.4.1 Members of the Institute in each category and class are subject to the Constitution, the Bye-laws and the Codes of Professional Conduct and other regulations as laid down by the Institute.
3.4.2 The rights and privileges of a member of the Institute shall be personal to himself and shall not be transferable or transmissible by his own act or by operation of law.
3.5 Death of Member
  Upon the notification of death of any Member, the Council shall remove his name from the Register for the Members of the Institute.
3.6 Resignation of Membership
 

A member may resign his membership by giving notice in writing accompanied by the certificate of membership held by him and sent by registered post to the Honorary Secretary, and such notice shall become effective on the date on which it is accepted by Council, provided always that the Council.

(a) shall not unreasonably withhold or delay its acceptance of such notice of resignation:

(b) shall not permit a member to resign when such member is under financial liability to the Institute.

(c) shall not permit a member to resign from the Institute whilst he is the subject of any disciplinary proceeding or it appears likely to the Council that such member is likely to be or become the subject of disciplinary proceedings.

3.7 Termination of Membership
 

Membership of the Institute may be terminated if the member:

(a) is struck off from any statutory register of architects in consequence of a criminal offence or professional misconduct, or

(b) has contravened the Constitution or the Bye-laws or Codes of Professional Conduct of the Institute, or

(c) is declared bankrupt, or

(d) is declared insane or of unsound mind, or

(e) is convicted of a felony.

3.8 Readmission and Reinstatement to Membership
  The readmission to membership of any person who has ceased to be a Member of the Institute under item 3.6 and 3.7 shall be dealt with in the same manner as an original application for membership.

ENTRANCE FEES, SUBSCRIPTIONS AND OTHER DUES

4.0 ENTRANCE FEES, SUBSCRIPTIONS AND OTHER DUES
4.1 Entrance fees, Subscriptions and Other Dues
 

(a) The amount of entrance fees, subscriptions and other dues shall be as prescribed from time to time in the Bye-Laws.

The Entrance Fees and Subscription shall be as follows:
 
Entrance Fees (Including Singapore) RM Subscription Resident RM Subscription Non-Resident RM

Corporate

 Ordinary

750.00

500.00

250.00

Any Ordinary Member and Fellow Member who has attained the age of 65 years, and who has been an Ordinary Member for 25 years continuously, upon request by the prescribed form as per Bye-laws and subject to approval of Council

-

300.00

250.00

Retired

-

250.00

250.00

Overseas

750.00

-

250.00

Fellow

-

500.00

250.00

Non-Corporate

Honorary

-

-

-

Graduate

250.00

190.00

190.00

Associate Graduate

250.00

190.00

190.00

Student

-

-

-

Academic

375.00

250.00

190.00

International

750.00

-

500.00

 

(b) Annual subscriptions shall be payable in advance and shall be due on the first day of January of each year.

(c) Members admitted before the first day of July in any year shall pay the annual subscription payable for the current year, and those admitted on and after the first day of July shall pay half the annual subscription.

4.2 Defaulters
 

(a) Whenever any Member shall suffer his annual subscription to remain in arrears for a period exceeding one year, he shall become a defaulter and notice of such default shall be sent to him by registered mail and if all arrears be not paid within four weeks after forwarding of such notice, he shall cease to be a member of the Institute and his name shall be removed from the register of members by resolution of the Council.

(b) The Council shall have the power to reinstate the defaulter to his former position as a Member upon the defaulter giving an explanation of the non payment to the satisfaction of the Council, and in such case to require the defaulter to pay all subscriptions or any part thereof as may be determined by Council in its absolute discretion, which would have been due had he continued as a paying member up to the date of such reinstatement together with any other dues that may be prescribed in the Bye-laws and any other costs to which the Institute may have been put in consequence of such default.

(c) Notwithstanding anything herein contained and the reinstatement of any defaulter, that defaulter shall not be entitled to any rights and privileges in respect of the period between the date of suspension and the date of reinstatement.

4.3 Suspension of Rights and Privileges for Non-Payment
  No member whose annual subscription remains unpaid for a period of three months shall be entitled to attend or take part in the meetings of the Institute, nor to receive the notices or publications of the Institute, nor shall he be entitled to vote if he is entitled to vote, nor shall he be entitled to be nominated for any office until he has paid in full such subscriptions and other dues.
4.4 Exemption of Payment of Fees
  Honorary Members shall be exempted from the payment of entrance fees and subscriptions.
4.5 Certificate of Membership
  Subject to such Bye-Laws as the Council may from time to time prescribe, the Council shall issue to each Member a Certificate showing the class of membership to which he belongs. Every such Certificate shall remain the property of, and shall on demand be returned to the Institute. Such Certificates shall be signed by the President or Vice President and two members of the Council for the time being and counter signed by the Honorary Secretary of the Institute.
4.6 Register of Members
 

(a) A Register of Members shall be kept and the name and address of every Member shall be written in such Register together with a record showing whether or not his subscription for each current year has been paid.

(b) A roll of Honorary members shall be kept by the Honorary Secretary.