This year marked the 2nd year of the Mubin Sheppard Memorial Prize. This award for tertiary students was launched in 1996 with the aim of stimulating students' awareness of the need to conserve Malaysia's built heritage and to encourage research and writings on various aspects of conservation and preservation.
In late 1997, Badan Warisan Malaysia invited participation from the ten tertiary institutions in the country and received fourteen submissions from Universiti Malaya, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Institut Teknolgi MARA.
The Panel of Judges was chaired by Jimmy Lim, Director, CSL Associates, and included, John Koh, Managing Director, Arkitek Majubina Sdn Bhd, Rohaizan bin Ahmad, Deputy Director, Conservation and Urban Design Unit, City Hall of Kuala Lumpur, Professor Ezrin Arbi, Coordinator, Built Environment Programme, Universiti Malaya and Professor Madya Kamariyah Kamsah, Department of Landscape Architecture, Institut Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam.
The Panel divided the submissions into three categories, namely Measured Drawings, Architecture and Building Studies and Urban Studies. While preservation of buildings is important, it is timely that we begin to focus on the conservation of areas, both urban and rural. Since submissions of urban studies were design oriented, the Panel agreed that clarifications for guidelines were required for area conservation studies, plans and designs. These have been prepared as part of the information for the third year of the competition. After careful consideration, the Panel recommended one winner to be awarded the Prize and three reports to receive Honorary Mention.
The four reports above were summarised in the publication entitled 'Mubin Sheppard Memorial Prize Volume 2'. This was completed with the editorial assistance of Ms Linda Yip, Professor Madya Kamariyah Kamsah and Ms Susan Bleackley. The book was launched at the Mubin Sheppard Memorial Prize award presentation ceremony on 4th November 1998, which was also the launch of the 3rd year of the Prize.