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Interview with Mei Ee Loh

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Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Mei Ee Loh (MEL) for A’ Design Award and Competition. You can access the full profile of Mei Ee Loh by clicking here.

Interview with Mei Ee Loh at Thursday 21st of April 2022
Mei Ee Loh
FS: Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
MEL: I love drawing and making things since I was a child. I’m deeply thankful to my eldest sister who’ve encouraged and motivated me along the way to pursue my dream, suggested the Department of Architecture during choosing a university intensive course. My mentor - En. Jak (Abdul Razak B Abdul Rahman) was the biggest influence on me; his selfless teaching and passion for design build a strong and solid foundation and opens my eyes in architecture profession.

FS: Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
MEL: Mei Ee Architect – A design-based firm located in George Town – Penang, Malaysia. A firm that known for their passion. Passion for aesthetics, creativity; and passion for forging strong relationship with clients. We strongly believe in working with honesty and passion. Each project is unique and the approach taken towards it is methodically studied to provide an extraordinary experience to its users. At Mei Ee Architect, we attempt to drive into each project’s potential and maximize it.

FS: What is "design" for you?
MEL: Design is about communicating feelings through visual sensations and unique experiences

FS: What kinds of works do you like designing most?
MEL: Private residential

FS: What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
MEL: Church of Light by Tadao Ando

FS: What was the first thing you designed for a company?
MEL: Heritage house

FS: What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
MEL: steel structure

FS: When do you feel the most creative?
MEL: I feel most creative when I'm fully recharged and relax

FS: Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
MEL: social

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
MEL: excited

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
MEL: excited, satisfied

FS: What makes a design successful?
MEL: Passion - “Follow Your Passions and Success Will Follow”

FS: When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
MEL: user experience

FS: From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
MEL: Designer role is basically that of preserving, improving and creating of quality built environment under definite conditions

FS: How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
MEL: design field is constantly evolving to keep pace with change: technological, social, cultural, and political

FS: Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
MEL: Break routine and surround yourself with art

FS: How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
MEL: Contemporary, minimalist

FS: Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
MEL: Penang. Yes, the culture heritage affect my design.

FS: How do you work with companies?
MEL: I m the principal for Mei Ee Architect

FS: What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
MEL: Approach designers whose work reflect the style you're looking for

FS: Can you talk a little about your design process?
MEL: My design process start from identify the issues and propose solution to solve the issues.

FS: What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
MEL: rug, sofa, lazy chair, clock, curtain

FS: Can you describe a day in your life?
MEL: I try to start my morning by responding to my email and direct messages. I try to do any creative work mid-morning when I can since that’s when I’m most energized. Noon more on appointment and meeting with client, consultant and authorities. I try to reserve evening time with my beloved family.

FS: Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
MEL: be confident, authentic and perseverance. Be optimistic and engaged and learn everything you can about construction. Keep learning and improving. Do keep in touch with latest technology, emerging trends that would help to increase productivity, in order to achieve our goal.

FS: From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
MEL: designer can work with many different departments. however, we have to work in front of a computer for long hour.

FS: What is your "golden rule" in design?
MEL: Proportions Colour texture balance

FS: What skills are most important for a designer?
MEL: Creativity Communication Problem Solving Proper research

FS: Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
MEL: sketchup photoshop

FS: Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
MEL: Prioritize wisely Set goals correctly

FS: How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
MEL: no specific timeline

FS: What is the most frequently asked question to you, as a designer?
MEL: Why did you decide to become an architect?

FS: What was your most important job experience?
MEL: work as an architect in City Council of Penang Island

FS: Who are some of your clients?
MEL: DHL Express (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. B.Braun Medical Industries Sdn. Bhd. Continental Automotive Components Malaysia Sdn Bhd Magnum Sdn. Bhd. Truly Affable Sdn. Bhd. Clarivate (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.

FS: What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
MEL: Private residential project

FS: What are your future plans? What is next for you?
MEL: continue to work on the job I enjoy doing, finding good life-work balance, foster good relationships both at work and in my personal life

FS: Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
MEL: work as a team

FS: How can people contact you?
MEL: Mei Ee Architect 18-02-10, Gembira Parade, Lorong Delima 1, 11600 Green Lane, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia Telephone: +604-659 9988 Fax: +604-202 0964 email : admin@meiee-architect.com website : www.meiee-architect.com insta : meiee9


FS: Thank you for providing us with this opportunity to interview you.

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