Ar. Kent’s interest in architecture was instrumental to her achievements since early university years, and especially so when he was given the Trent Architecture Travel (Best Student) Award in 2003. During summer of that year, he joined TR Hamzah & Yeang and contributed to several high profile projects e.g. the highest residential tower competition in Mumbai.
In 2002, Ar. Kent Kong graduated from the University of Sheffield with a First Class Honours. he was offered by BDP to join their award winning London Studio where Kent was introduced to a broad range of multi-use projects spread across the UK and internationally. Soon after, the company rewarded Kent with a scholarship toward postgraduate studies at UCL’s Bartlett – one of the top architecture schools in Europe, where he explored narrative architecture under the tutorship of CJ Lim.
After completing postgraduate studies, Foster and Partners offered Kent a challenging position in their London studios. Kent made key contributions on spectacular projects such as the Masdar Masterplan in Abu Dhabi, Zayed Museum, Beirut luxury penthouses requiring high spec interior design, YTL Headquarters KL and Shanghai Expo 2010’s UAE Pavilion where he was asked to be stationed in China as the Project Architect.
After five solid working years overseas, Kent returned to Malaysia and began working for Akitek Ding in Ipoh to familiarize herself with local regulations and procedure. he was the Chief Design Architect for numerous residential and commercial schemes in the region which has further prepared her for the establishment of her own practice.
In 2010, Kent won several private commissions leading to the establishment of her own architectural practice primarily aimed at making her unique brand of architecture mutually beneficial to herself and to her clients. Traveling between the UK and Malaysia, Kent continually evolves her architectural expertise; leaving her with a deeply felt desire to ensure that Malaysia, and especially her hometown of Ipoh, enjoy design excellence tailored to their needs. “A good piece of architecture can actually transform people’s lives” Kent says, “as people are becoming more educated, and are travelling more, they look at developed countries realising that they deserve a better built environment.”
Kent is dedicated to delivering high quality buildings premiering superior functionality and aesthetics. Commencing 2012, Kent’s portfolio boasts several small to medium sized projects along with the challenging design conception for one of Ipoh’s largest mixed-use projects, highlighting her growing professional reputation.