Invitation to SHS members

“The Penang House and the Straits Architect 1887–1941”
Talk by Dr. Jon Lim

jointly organised by PAM (Malaysian Institute of Architects) Sarawak Chapter and the Sarawak Heritage Society

When: Sunday 14 June 2015, 5 pm – 7pm

Where : Kuching, PAMSC [Queen’s Court, Jalan Wan Alwi, Lot 7915, 2ndFloor, Sub-­Lot 56]

The talk is free but, for logistical purposes, if  you plan to attend, please let us know ahead by e-mail (


The talk will be based on Dr Lim’s book “The Penang House and the Straits Architect 1887–1941“, a richly illustrated tribute to Penang’s grand heritage homes. Dr. Lim traces the development of the Penang house from early colonial precedents to the extravagant mansions of the 1920s high society, and on the modernising developments of the pre-war years. Furnished with a wealth of photographs and architectural plans, the book has been lauded by renowned achitectural historian Miles Lewis as “an important pioneeiring study of an important era in Malayan architecture“;

Jon Sun Hock Lim, BArch, MArch (Melb), PhD (NUS) was born in Malaya in 1942. He lectured in the National University of Singapore’s School of Architecture between 1972 and 2002. His primary research interest is the architects of Singapore and Penang (1786-1942). Lim has actively collected oral history relating to the architects of Penang and has researched the origins of the islands’s architectural practice. His previous publications include a monograph entiteld The Shophouse Rafflesia: A diffusion of a Malayan prototype in Southeast Asia (1992) and Architecture of South East Asia published in the centennial ediion of Sir Banister Fletcher’s A History of Architecture (1996). He also served as editor of Transforming Traditions, produced by the ASEAN Studies publication series (2001).