KUALA LUMPUR: Prominent architect Datuk Dr Ikmal Hisham Albakri died after collapsing during a golf game at the Royal Selangor Golf Club yesterday morning. He was 75.
It is understood that he collapsed at about 10am and was rushed to Kuala Lumpur Hospital.
The first president of the Malaysian Institute of Architects, he is survived by his wife Datin Valerie Suffiah Albakri and three children Zahrul Shahrin, theatre personality Zahim and Zeehan.
He will be buried today before zohor prayers at the Muslim burial ground in Ampang.
Dr Ikmal Hisham, from Batu Gajah, Perak, was the first Malaysian to complete the diploma course in architecture at the Sheffield University in Britain in 1956 and also studied tropical architecture / town planning at the AA School of Architecture in London.
He served as a senior architect with the Public Works Department for eight years, before opening his own architect firm, Kumpulan Akitek, in 1964.
Among his designs are the Umno building and Putra World Trade Centre, National Library building, Tropicana Golf and Country Club and Hicom headquarters in Shah Alam. Bernama