Muhammad Azzam Ismail, Ph.D. in Built Environment (UNSW) is a Graduate Architect and Graduate Technologist and well versed in green
architecture and green building ratings. He designed, supervised contracts and
building constructions of various sizes, including a showcase low-cost house on
UM campus that utilizes the Industrialised Building System and a habitation
unit for active aging, which is currently in use. He is now involved in the
Malaysian Green Building Confederation (MGBC) Carbon Score grading system and the design of the Universiti Malaya Masterplan 2050.
through awarded grants covers operational carbon footprint of residential
properties, low carbon cities, integration of sustainability knowledge into
architectural education, zero-carbon building assessment, immersive
architectural design process utilizing virtual reality technology, and the
impact of green offices on building occupant behavior and work efficiency. His current focus is on
‘Living Buildings’ that incorporate bio-facades to mitigate indoor daylighting
and thermal comfort levels and lifecycle analysis on the food supply chain for
major food groups.
Previously, he was appointed as the Chairman of the Malaysia Council of Heads of Architecture Schools (COHAS) from 2014-2016 while serving as the Head of the Department of Architecture. Additionally, through his appointment as Fellow and College Master at the Tun Syed Zahiruddin Residential College (9th College), he supervised and participated in numerous student-led activities including the yearly college award dinner and the Global Community Service (GLOCOSE) program to Acheh, Indonesia; Kampung Cham, Cambodia; Tay Ninh, Vietnam; Lombok, Indonesia; and Phuket, Thailand. In line with his interest in Sustainability and low carbon cities, he delivered capacity-building lectures through UMCARES and was awarded the UMCARES Certificate of Excellence in Sustainability 2014.