It's telling that when Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects won The Pritzker Prize last year, they were only the fourth and fifth women to win architecture's highest honour in its 41-year history. Indeed, in architecture and other fields of design, the disparity in genders is significant whether it's America or Asia. Despite this, ladies like the late Dame Zaha Hadid and the prolific Patricia Urquoila have created design vocabularies which are unique and exceptional. In Malaysia, these five young female designers are blazing trails in their respective fields, and our design landscape is richer for it.
Amy Liang, Studio CocoKacang
The rise of the Instagrammable cafés has created a phenomenon and cafés became more than a place to have brunch—they also serve as photogenic venues. The cantilevered stairs projecting on the side of APW’s Breakfast Thieves in Bangsar is a hot favourite with queues forming to get the prized shot.
The stairs and indeed the lovely light-filled cafe came from the imagination of Amy Liang, founder of Studio CocoKacang. Inspired by the site’s historical context, the One Academy graduate of interior architecture created a space featuring skilfully worked rubber wood (a nod to area’s plantation past) and rendered concrete while encapsulating the easy-going vibe of the original Melbourne outlet.