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May 2007 Issue
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Tropical architect returns to Adelaide

Noted architect and former University of Adelaide student Hijjas bin Kasturi is returning to Adelaide to launch a public exhibition and to give a free public lecture in May.

The skyline of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia wouldn't be the same without the work of architectural firm Hijjas Kasturi Associates. From the sprouting "bamboo shoot" design of the Menara Telekom tower, to the Islamic-inspired "hourglass" of the Tabung Haji government building (pictured), and the Maybank Tower (which until the Petronas Towers were built was the tallest building in KL), the work of Hijjas Kasturi Associates is always impressive and memorable.

Hijjas bin Kasturi studied at the University of Adelaide, and in the 1960s went on to complete his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Melbourne.

He is closely linked with an important development in suburban Adelaide, having been a draughtsman with the South Australian Housing Trust from 1959-61, where he helped to prepare the Master Plan for the town of Elizabeth.

A highly respected architect, he will launch an exhibition of Hijjas Kasturi Associates' work, to be held at the University of Adelaide's School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture & Urban Design from Monday 21 May to Friday 25 May. The launch will be followed by a public lecture at 7.30pm on Tropical Architecture.

For more information about these events, contact Development & Alumni on (08) 8303 5800.

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