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Darryl Collins Talk 2014


From Cambodian villages to cities:

Preservation of

traditional Khmer wooden houses

An illustrated talk by 

Darryl Collins

13 July 2014 (Sunday)

8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Sarang Paloh Event Hall

No.12-14, Jalan Sultan Iskandar (Hugh Low Street),

Ipoh Old Town

Admission by donation:

PHS members RM15

Non-PHS members RM25


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Sarang Paloh Event Hall

Summary of talk

This talk explores the development of traditional Khmer wooden architecture in Cambodia from early Angkorian to modern periods. Traditional wooden architecture can be identified from bas-reliefs on stone temples to pagoda and palace wall paintings from the early 20th century. Recently, the Center for Khmer Studies conducted workshops, documented the architecture of wooden houses existing throughout the country and classified domestic architecture by style. Because of changing attitudes & lifestyles, old wooden houses are disappearing. Preserving them by moving and restoring them is one great way of saving the best examples.

Darryl presents a series of photographs which document living with traditional Khmer wooden houses – utilising interior furnishings and adopting environmental spaces for contemporary living.

The length of the presentation will be about 60 minutes.

About Darryl Collins 


With a background in the Arts of Asia, Darryl Collins studied at Sophia University, Tokyo (1978-1981). Later, he spent two years travelling as a curator for The Shogun Age Exhibition from the Tokugawa Art Museum, Nagoya (1983-1985). He gained his Master of Arts in art history at the Australian National University in Canberra in 1993. He first journeyed to Cambodia in 1994 with a team from the National Gallery of Australia, to work with an Australian Government funded project at the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh. He co-authored Building Cambodia: ‘New Khmer Architecture’ 1953-1970, published in 2006 and for some five years lectured at the Department of Archaeology, Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh, and completed in mid-2004 a 1-year consultancy with the Department of Culture and Research, the APSARA Authority, Siem Reap. In 2004, Darryl began part time work at the National Museum in Phnom Penh as manager for the 9 year Collection Inventory Project. He registered works of art and transferred early French records of the museum onto a purpose-designed database.

Darryl resides in Siem Reap and spends his spare time writing and researching art, architectural and cultural topics.




PHS Talk by Julian Davison: A Review

Text and photographs by Law Siak Hong

The poster for the talk created by Julian himself – a PHS treasure!

It was an architectural evening unlike any other Ipoh has witnessed. And as Casey enthused, “Thanks to PHS – it was a talk of quality, especially for Ipoh.”

Obviously, Julian Davison’s reputation has pulled in the crowd. In less than one week, through an e-flyer blitz and friendly links in the internet, with thanks to our friends, 60 persons found their way to the talk. It was full-house. While there were some who registeredfor the talk but failed to show up, there were others who turned up on the off chance and were happy to take their places. Among the guests were academics from Polytechnic Ungku Omar and University of Malaya, who droveup from KL just for the talk. It was such a pity we could not afford to have it videotaped professionally. Will anyone volunteer for future talks?

Without a doubt, Julian enlightened the crowd. For over an hour, Julian held his audience captive, taking them through an abridged history of the Straits shophouses. PHS Committee Member Jaki Mamat was among the audience. He filed this report.

“It was a fantastic talk by Julian.

“He traced the historical development of the Singapore shophouses to the Chinese style imported from main land China. Chinese immigrants had brought their lifestyle and business practices to Singapore since early nineteenth century. The business activities and the lifestyle of the business community shaped the layout of shophouses; people lived above their shops. The Chinese influences are clearly seen in layout, facade and material use. Other Chinese elements characterised the shophouses, such as the design elements of covered walkway (our five-foot-way), courtyard (air well), ornaments and architectural elements like columns, windows, doors, etc.

“In the British Straits Settlement of Singapore, shophouses began to evolve. The grid system of the Raffles Town Plan systematically catered to urban issues of sanitation and civic order like sewerage, criminality, cleanliness, traffic flow, etc. The British introduced technology and expertise which impacted the size and scale of shophouses. During this time, façades evolved, as designs took on the whole spectrum of European styles: Classic, Gothic, Baroque, Rococo, Renaissance, Tudor, and modernist Art Deco.

“Julian also compared shophouses in the Malay Peninsula to those in Singapore. Examples from Penang, Melaka, Batu Pahat, Muar, Johor Bahru and Ipoh were discussed: how their features reflected our own cultural value. The use of numerous contemporary photographs was especially effective; it captured his audience and helped greatly their understanding of his talk.”

We must thank Sekeping Kong Heng for venue sponsorship. The talk was the first ever held in its gallery. The atmosphere was just right, although a friend of PHS thought it looked like a Secret Society gathering! Thanks go to the various individuals who made further donations to PHS for an event they enjoyed.

To those who would like to gain an in-depth understanding of our shophouses, contact the PHS now and sign up for a series of field studies, a programme of Documenting Perak Heritage. We will bring Julian back to lead us and coach us in a systematic understanding of our shophouses. Moreover, we will also study non-shophouse buildings, of which Ipoh has aplenty. The programme begins as soon as we have the numbers. A small course fee will be involved. After all, we have to cover the expenses of bringing Julian to Ipoh for your enlightenment and education.

Julian Davison: an eloquent expert in the “Nanyang” Shophouses.

Jaki, Rosediah, Yusri and a lecturer from the University of Malaya.

Outside the gallery, candlelight and a pot of ginger flowers set the mood.

An attentive audience in the gallery of Sekeping Kong Heng.

“The Straits Shophouse: Variations on a Theme”

111 Amoy Street, Singapore

An illustrated (and enlightening) talk by 

Julian Davison


22 November 2012 (Thursday)  8:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.


The gallery,

Ground floor, Sekeping Kong Heng,

Jalan Bandar Timah (Leech Street), (Old Town) Ipoh.


Admission by donation:

PHS members RM10;

Non-PHS members RM15



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This community programme is organised by Perak Heritage Society

With the co-operation of  Sekeping Kong Heng 

The synopsis

The shophouse is a characteristic feature of the town and city landscape of Malaysia and Singapore and yet for all its familiarity it is an architecture that is poorly understood in terms of its chronology and stylistic development.

‘The Straits Shophouse: Variations on a Theme’ is intended as a basic introduction and guide to the shophouse architecture of Singapore, Penang and Peninsula Malaysia, beginning with the origins of this type of building in Mainland China. It looks at the historical background that led to the introduction of this style of architecture not only to the Straits of Melaka but also to other countries in the region, and examines correspondences between the early shophouse in different parts of South East Asia — what might be termed the Nanyang style.

The talk then takes a look at the input of Sir Stamford Raffles, founder of Singapore, who is also often identified as the father of the Straits shophouse. It examines background influences that may have shaped Raffles’ thinking when he came to making plans for the development of Singapore town which were to ultimately affect the future development of shophouse not only on the island of Singapore, but throughout the Malay Peninsula. ‘Variations on a Theme’ then explores the subsequent evolution of the shophouse from the early nineteenth century through to the mid-twentieth century, taking in regional differences between the Singapore shophouse and shophouses in other parts of the Malay Peninsula. The talk concludes with a brief look at the ‘reintroduction’ of the shophouse back to Mainland China in the latter part of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a homecoming of sorts. The length of the presentation will be 50 minutes.

About Julian Davison 

Author and television presenter, Julian Davison, is the son of an architect and grew up in Singapore and Malaysia. He was educated in England and has a doctorate in social anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. He has edited or otherwise contributed to several reference books and scholarly works relating to the region, including books on Balinese and Indonesian architecture. For the past ten years he has been studying the architectural legacy of colonial-era Singapore: Black and White: the Singapore House 1898-1941, appeared in 2005, followed by Singapore Shophouse in 2010. He has also published two critically acclaimed collections of autobiographical reminiscences relating to his early life in Singapore and Malaya — One For The Road and An Eastern Port. Between 2003 and 2005, Davison presented Singapore TV’s popular ‘Site and Sound’ local history series; more recently he has hosted programmes for the Discovery and History Channels.


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