Architecture & Design

Adela Askandar

Farah Azizan and Adela Askandar of Studio Bikin are the creative duo behind contextually driven residential and commercial architectural projects


Farah Azizan and Adela Askandar, the founders of the multi-disciplinary practice Studio Bikin, are known for their steadfast support of local materials, and craftmanship with style and design that’s durable and suited for the local climate. They are the architects behind Kedai Bikin, the retail arm of their studio that produces contemporary, locally inspired furniture, hand-crafted by Malaysian artisans who employ traditional skills that are rapidly disappearing.

Architecture graduates Farah and Adela established Studio Bikin in 2011 after working on a few projects together, choosing to name their practice after the colloquial word bikin (“make”) as a statement of their intention and direction. With combined expertise in landscape and architectural design as well as interior design, the duo have blueprinted a slew of private residences and commercial buildings. The revamp of The Row, a 1950s heritage stretch in Kuala Lumpur, introduced a new concept offering transparency and circulation between cafés, a bar and offices that surround an event space.

Farah and Adela were also behind the transformation of Commons in Kuching, where they converted the old courthouse into a tropical café and lounge. Among their other talked-about projects are the renovation of Hit & Mrs’ restaurant and lounge in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, and Kong Heng Villas in Ipoh. One work in progress is the Imbi Pocket Pack, an initiative by Think City Kuala Lumpur to revitalise three neglected inner-city public parks.

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The duo have known each other since their university days when they were studying architecture at the UK’s Nottingham University (Farah) and University of Cambridge (Adela).   

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