ILAM Delegate Feature: Dr. Nor Atiah Ismail


Dr. Nor Atiah Ismail

LAr. Dr. Nor Atiah Ismail is an Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Design and Architecture, Universiti Putra Malaysia. She graduated with Bachelor in Landscape Architecture from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (1996), Master of Science in Architecture (2001-2002) from the same university and obtained her Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture from Lincoln University, Canterbury, New Zealand (2007-2010). She worked as a landscape architecture consultant before joining UPM as an academician in 1999. She was the Head of Landscape Architecture Department, Faculty of Design and Architecture, Universiti Putra Malaysia from 2011-2014.



She has greatly involved in the curriculum development and review of Bachelor and Master in Landscape Architecture Program. She is responsible for the Urban Landscape Architecture Studio, Planting Design Studio and Landscape Architecture Professional Practice for both; undergraduates and postgraduates studies. Her areas of research specializations are on Urban and Rural Cultural Heritage Landscape. She is also passionate about translating her research expertise into an Islamic Design, Community Participatory Design, and Sustainable Design. She is currently leading 6 Research Projects amounting RM 340,000.00 and members for 15 research projects from 2011-2018. She contributed as a Pioneer Researcher in WARIS and INSIDE Research Group, FRSB (established in 2014) that currently moves with 25 Research Grants amounting RM 1500, 0000.00. 5 of her research projects won the Malaysia Landscape Architecture Awards (MLAA) under Research Category in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018. To date, she has 4 Master Science Students graduated under her close supervision. Her on-going research supervision is dedicated to 4 Master and 6 Ph.D. Students. She is also co-supervising 10 Master and 20 Ph.D. Students. Her passion for cultural landscape is widely known as she is actively involved in organizing Cultural and Heritage Conferences and community activities around Asia Pacific Region, writing journals and presenting conference papers. She has published 125 journal papers to date. She is appointed as one of the panel experts in the Malaysia Architecture and Landscape Architecture Heritage by the Department of Heritage, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture of Malaysia.

Internationally, she has been appointed as the Keynote Speakers in 4 International Cultural and Heritage Conferences namely; 2013 in Ukraine, 2014 in Iran and 2015 in Indonesia, 2016 in Norway & 2019 in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. She was appointed as the Chair for Cultural Landscape Committee for the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Asia Pacific Region (2012-2015 & 2015-2018). During this period, she managed to organize 4 Cultural Landscape International Conferences and Meetings namely in Malaysia (2012), India (2013), Iran (2014) and Korea (2015).  2015 marked another achievement for IFLA Cultural Landscape Committee when she managed to collaborate with ICOMOS-IFLA (International Council Monuments and Sites). Passion leads her to be actively involved at the international level in conserving and preserving Cultural Heritage world’s monuments and site. 

At the national level, she is currently the Vice President of the Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia (ILAM) 2018-2020. She was first elected as the Honorary Secretary of ILAM in 2004-2007. She was then once again re-elected as the Honorary Secretary of ILAM from 2012-2018 after finishing her PhD study in New Zealand. In 2017; she is awarded as the Fellow members of (ILAM) and currently the permanent Malaysia Delegate of the Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia (ILAM) to the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Asia Pacific Region and the World Congress. She is greatly involved with the ICOMOS-IFLA, one of the important international association leading the conservation and restoration of cultural heritage landscape around the globe.