Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia – PAM, (Malaysian Institute of Architects) was founded in 1920 as the Institute of Architects Malaya. In 1948, the name and consequently the Constitution were changed to the Federation of Malaya Society of Architects (FMSA) which was allied to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Another change in name to reflect national sovereignty, and registration under the current name, came about when PAM was officially registered on 20 January 1967.
The Institute is managed by an elected Council consisting of a President, Deputy President, Vice President, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer and 13 Council Members. Also in Council are the Immediate Past President, up to 4 nominated Past Presidents, up to 3 nominated non-Corporate member and 4 elected representatives from the Chapters.
The mission statement of the Institute is ‘To promote the advancement of architecture and the architectural profession for the betterment of society’. The Institute provides a framework for its members to operate effectively: to do, to run and to get the business of architecture within the Code of Conduct and Scale of Fees.
The primary objectives of the Institute are:
- To promote and enlarge knowledge, study and practice of architecture.
- To provide a central organisation for architecture.
- To assist and advise Governments, local authorities, or other private or public bodies.
- To promote friendly interaction and discourse amongst Architects.
- To obtain and disseminate among the Members, information on matters affecting the profession, and
- To preserve and to maintain the integrity and status of the profession.