Malaysia picks up six FIABCI awards in Moscow

This article first appeared in City & Country, The Edge Malaysia Weekly, on June 10, 2019 - June 16, 2019.

Gold winners at the awards ceremony in Moscow

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Six property developments by Malaysian companies emerged winners at the FIABCI World Prix d’Excellence Awards gala ceremony in Moscow on May 30. Gold awards were presented to Desa ParkCity in the Master Plan category and Setia Spice in the Purpose-Built category.  Silver awards went to Caffe Diem @ Pekan Cina in the Heritage category,  PKNS Headquarters in the Office category,  i-Park @ Indahpura in the Industrial category, and The Greens TTDI in the High-rise Residential category.

FIABCI Malaysia president Michael Geh said, “The wins by Malaysian developers and their subsidiaries demonstrate their passion to excel in their project developments. All the winners demonstrated detailed concerns for the occupants’ and building users’ comfort and experience as the central focus of their developments.”

The award ceremony was held in conjunction with the convening of the 70th FIABCI World Real Estate Congress, which drew 400 participants from around the world.

“These excellent property developments are already the best projects in their own respective countries and they went on to win at the international level,” FIABCI World president Assen Makedonov of Bulgaria said in his congratulatory remarks. “These awards are given to real estate projects that embody excellence in all disciplines involved in their creation that make the world a better place to live, work and enjoy.”

Among those at the ceremony were FIABCI World Prix d’Excellence Awards committee president Chen Ming Cheu of Taiwan, FIABCI World president-elect Walid Moussa of Lebanon, vice-president-elect Florentino Dulalia of The Philippines, Prix Award adviser Yeow Thit Sang and Prix secretariat secretary Yu Kee Su.

Taiwan’s Chen explained that the marking process comprises two steps — the first by judges and then by an oversight panel involving 54 judges from more than 29 countries. The call for entry for the awards starts in July and ends on Dec 31 each year.

“The submitted projects are judged on not only their architecture, design and construction but also on their impact on the community and environment as well as their financial and marketing success,” Chen said.

The organising committee added a new category this year — Mixed-use Development — to keep abreast of property market trends.

This year’s awards were also the first in 27 years that the incumbent FIABCI World president has taken part in all oversight panel meetings.

A total of 16 World Gold awards and 19 World Silver awards were presented. Apart from Malaysia, other winning developments were from Austria, Taiwan, Hungary, Germany, Indonesia, Singapore, China, Russia and the UK.