Datuk Ar Haji Hajeedar Haji Abdul Majid had planned to pen his autobiography on reaching 60, but a busy architectural practice kept him from it until he reached 75 in 2020, and when the COVID-19 lockdown provided him the opportunity to complete the book.
Hajeedar, an illustrious name in the local and international architecture scene, is among others the architect of the twin towers of Bank Pembangunan and MNI, both already majestically in place just within a kilometre before even the iconic Petronas Twin towers were completed. He also saw the “birth of a triplet” in the three towers at Dataran Maybank in Bangsar.
Hajeedar was also the first to use computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) in Malaysia in 1983 when it first made inroads into the hallowed traditions of hand-drawings and draftsmanship in architecture, long before other architects.
He was also instrumental in the setting up the Department of Architecture at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and the rapid rise of architectural courses at Malaysian universities where he frequently lectured.
According to a statement, Hajeedar’s voluminous book, totalling 687 pages, both in hardcover coffee table version and a soft cover paperback edition is structured in three parts highlighting a chronology of living experiences in becoming an architect.
The book containing photographs, sketches, artworks and painting as well witnessed a soft launch recently by Tuanku Muhriz, the Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan.
Hajeedar is adept at sketches, always ready with pen and paper and is able to complete one within minutes. His sketches of famous landmarks in his local and overseas travels including Europe, Makkah and the region are a sheer delight. His oil painting of Teluk Chempedak beach in Kuantan (1964) is a classic and eye-catching piece.
Many photographs are illustrated in the book ‘Hajeedar Journey in Architecture’ including his restoration and conservation works in the cultural hub of the city. There are also illustrations of the mosques and suraus he had designed.
The book very insightful ranging from government project procurement processes, history of conservation, origins of Kuala Lumpur, heritage conservation, a toolkit for business architecture, and Architectural career in conservation.
Details of the book priced between RM90-RM300 is available at [email protected]
Source: BERNAMA News Agency