World Interior Day 2023/ Eco Bazaar

Diploma Showcase - Momentum April 2023

Once again we kick off the year with our first Bi-annual Graduation Show, MOMENTUM APRIL 2023.

FDBE Dean Assistant Professor Chua Huwi Huwi, FDBE Deputy Dean Associate Professor Dr Debbie Gan, faculty members, distinguished guests, and industry collaborators attended the launch of MOMENTUM, April 12, 2023, which was presided over by Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Saw Sor Heoh. Also present were the Board of Governors, Director Tan Sri Dato' (Dr) Teo Chiang Liang, and the FDBE Dean Assistant Professor Chua Huwi Huwi.
A total of 21 student projects were displayed at MOMENTUM this year, including 16 projects from the Diploma in Interior Design curriculum and 5 projects from the Diploma in Graphic Design program.
We would like to thank all guests and family for visiting us during this short period of the showcase. We are also glad that we had drawn our life and the adventure ahead together as a team. Pursuing our journey and fulfilling our purpose and potential in the Interior Design industry takes a lot of courage but what excites us is the unknown ahead of us awaiting us to dive in and walk forward, together :)
Thank you First City University & Faculty of Design and Built Environment

Product Updates at Daikin Solution Plaza

A group of 12 students and 2 lecturers from Degree in Interior Architecture and Design programme visited Daikin Solution Plaza recently to get updates on latest technology in air conditioning solutions. The team had the opportunity to experience the HVAC Interactive Zone and attended to product briefing by Daikin Specialist. In addition, students was also informed on the coming "Daikin Youth Design Competition 2023". 

Students had very detail briefing on the technical aspects and innovation in  air conditioning system, and also informed in terms of market needs in current for Residential and Commercial spaces.

Dai Sou Kopitiam Design Competition

The winners of the Dai Sou Kopitiam Design Competition were on cloud nine when they received their prizes during the prize-giving ceremony held at the White Canvas Gallery, Faculty of Design & Built Environment on 1 March 2023.

Founder/Owner of Dai Sou Kopitiam Raishawn Chong was present to give away the prizes. Also present in the ceremony were First City University College Director, Tan Sri Dato’ (Dr) Teo Chiang Liang, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Saw Sor Heoh, FDBE Dean Assistant Professor Chua Huwi Huwi and the faculty members.

The competition received 26 project submissions from students of the BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design (BIAD) programme. 11 projects were shortlisted as finalists before the winners were announced just before the prize-giving ceremony. The winning design will be adopted by Dai Sou Kopitiam in its coming expansion plan.

Dai Sou Kopitiam is a famous local and traditional cafe in Kuantan, Pahang. The competition is a collaborative project between FDBE and the Kopitiam after the students visited the Kopitiam and the site of its expansion plan in September 2022 as part of their study expedition.

Congratulations to all the winners:
Khaw Thung Xhin (Grand Prize with RM2,500 cash prize)
Kimberly Oddie Grinsam (1st Runner-Up with RM1,500 cash prize)
Nur Adila Puteri (2nd Runner-Up with RM1,000 cash prize)

2023 Lecture Series and Workshop

A 2-hour sharing session / short design workshop by Mr Ian Lam (Designer and Illustrator) from @forthisdesign . The workshop will be focusing in producing quick presentation drawings or illustrations with effective communication to tell!


FCUC IAD Club Committee Member 2023/2024

The Interior Architecture and Design (IAD) Club held its membership drive and at the same time its election of the new Committee Members for the 2023/2024 term on 15 February 2023. The day also witnessed the presentation of the Certificate of Appreciation to all the outgoing Committee Members who had given their contributions in the 2022/2023 term. 

Congratulations to the newly elected Committee Members of the IAD Club (2023/2024): 2023/2024 IAD CLUB COMMITTEE 
President - Chan Wai Man 
Vice President - Chin Wei Qi 
Assistant Vice President - Gan Zi Xuan 
Secretary - Teow Wey Yng 
Assistant - Tee Wei Ping 
Treasurer - Ralph Ha Shau Seng 
Assistant - Gui Zhi Xiang 
Head of Event Coordinator - Yap Xin Yi 
Assistant - Staneley Eng 
Head Editor (Blog/FB) - Rachel Elizabeth 
Assistant - Adeline Wong Yit Jin 
Photographer 1 - Tan Wen Yi 
 Photographer 2 - Alice Lee Kim Lan 
Head of Communication - Ku Shaw Chern 
 Assistant - Desmond Saw 
Head of Graphic & Publication - Nur Adila Puteri 
 Assistant - Fan WenJin

Getting together in 2023

What a great way to begin the semester!

Students from the BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design and BA (Hons) Furniture & Product Design programme joined together for a warm up project to signify the commencement of the new semester.

The students, both the seniors and the recent new joiners from the Feb Intake, had much fun participating in the programme titled “Vertical Projects”. Among the main aims of the programme were to foster good rapport and teamwork among the seniors and juniors, and at the same time to hone their leadership skills.

The students were required to work collaboratively in groups to build a vertical structure from the given materials. The structure must be built within the allotted space and time, and with no limitation on height. The most creative and durable structures were adjudged as winners.

It was an afternoon of fun when the students find enjoyment interacting and engaging with one another to complete the given tasks.
Congratulations to the following student groups for coming up with the most creative and pragmatic structures and for demonstrating the best teamwork in the project.

Sit Wei Yang
Cordelia Kong Ju Ai
Teow Wey Yng
Gan Zi Xuan
Joey Tee Jie Ying

Man Yuet Thung
Nurliyana Khairina
Yong Yu Qi
Sharon Tang Xin Yi
Daniel Tan Jiunn Wei
Kee Xue Min

Lai Zhi Qing
Alia Nadhira Binti Nor Alam Shah
Tan Yang
Teoh Yan Xin
-Article edited from FCUC Corporate Communication

AYDA 2022 Design Competition

We are pleased to announce, Loh Kei Yee from Year 3, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture won Honorary Mention in Asia Young Designer Award (AYDA AWARD) 2022 Prize Giving Ceremony held at Avante Hotel on 15 December 2022. 
A round of applause to Loh Kei Yee for all the hard work done. Good luck and fly high in the future.


TOPMIX HPL Showroom Visit

Students from Diploma Interior Design and year 1 degree Interior Architecture & Design had a study trip to TOPMIX HPL at its Subang Jaya showroom. They were introduced to the properties of laminates and its specifications by the product specialist. An informative trip besides regular classroom teaching, and updates in industry practises.

Material Sample showcase and product briefing by the Product Specialist.

Product Briefing on latest innovation by TOPMIX on the products and application.


 A group of students under their "Building Technology and Services' module visited LIGHTCRAFT KL for guided tour and product update briefing on 8 November 2023. Students learned not just from the regular classroom on theory application of light, but the actual application and updates in the industry. 

LIGHTCRAFT is currently one of the prominent lighting company that specialised in marketing contemporary and architectural light fittings, and the ventures vary not only private residences but also corporate buildings, to hotels, shopping malls etc.

Field Trip to Niro Granite Showroom Shah Alam


It was quite a sunny Tuesday morning in the first week of November 2022. We students of Diploma in Interior Design Semester 2 & 3, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture Design Year 1 students gathered and departed the campus at 9am to Niro Granite Showroom at Shah Alam. 

We were greeted and welcomed warmly by the internal and marketing staff of Niro Granite upon our arrival. Without further ado, we sat in a theatre hall, and the team from Niro Granite, Orin & Petra Antiqua gave us a detailed explanation of the history, creation, and aims & objectives of the brand. 
Honestly, if not because of this trip, I would never figure out the core existence and creation of the brand, a swiss invention, and quality that had expend to the worldwide market. Quite a journey and success of the record.

After the introduction of all the brands, we were brought down to the showroom and had a walk-through of the whole gallery 'to see, feel, and experience the difference between the product and quality. Started off at the Niro-Granite showroom and introduced us to the anti-slip technology and etc.

Then, Orin's sanitary ware showroom. Understanding the importance of technology and difference in design that affect hygiene and cleanliness.

 Petra Antiqua is an exclusive brand with products imported from Europe. We are fascinated by the smaller details and carvings on the surface. 

Then we gathered back to the main showroom for some self exploration.

After browsing the showroom for about an hour or two, we presented a token of appreciation to the Niro Team, Ms Ilida, by student representative, Desmond Saw from Diploma in Interior Design.

Also, a memorable group photo as the closure of our field trip.
Many thanks to the Niro Granite team for the cozy hospitality throughout the whole morning. We truly enjoyed and learned a lot in this short span of visit. 

November Talk


Kuantan Study Trip 22/09/2022- 24/09/2022