Ar. Lillian Tay

Lillian Tay is the Vice President of VERITAS Design Group, an award-winning Malaysian architecture and multi-disciplinary design practice with headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

Lillian aspired to study overseas and won coveted scholarships to study at Princeton, Yale and MIT in the USA. Leaving her studies in Dentistry at University Malaya, she chose to go to Princeton University to pursue her true interests to study architecture. Lillian trained as both Civil Engineer and Architect and obtained her B.Sc Engineering and Master of Architecture from Princeton University in 1990. She has worked in Italy, Germany and in New York at one of the world’s top skyscraper design firms, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in New York prior to returning home to practise in Kuala Lumpur.

Lillian leads the design team at VERITAS and has been responsible for many landmark and award-winning buildings in Malaysia. Grounded in environmental design principles, VERITAS has designed some of the earliest sustainable and green-rated buildings in Malaysia including the Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment (2006), One Sentral Tower (2007) and Menara Binjai (2011). Her notable recent projects include the W Hotel, Oxley Towers, Star Residences, the Kuala Lumpur MRT stations at Muzium, Pasar Seni, Stadium Merdeka and Bukit Bintang. Other award-winning accomplishments include the pioneering paperless and open concept DiGi Headquarters in Subang Hi Tech Park (2006) and Putrajaya Western Transport Terminal (2006).

Lillian also dedicates time for smaller scale projects such as Sinkeh Hotel, which won the international Cityscape Awards 2016, (Hospitality & Leisure) and also awarded the Building of the Year Award 2015 by Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) for its bold, innovative and sensitive use of contemporary steel construction in a conservation and adaptive re-use project in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Georgetown.

Lillian has contributed many years of service at the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) in professional development activities, education, exhibitions and publications. During her early tenure as the Vice President of the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) Lillian currently serves as the President of PAM for 2019-2020 where her focus is to enhance opportunities for Malaysian architects to contribute meaningfully to nation building.

A long-time Council Member of the Heritage Trust of Malaysia (Badan Warisan Malaysia) from 2002-2015, Lillian advocates the conservation of urban architectural heritage particularly in her hometown of Kuala Lumpur.

Lillian frequently speaks at design seminars on topics related to architecture and urbanism in Kuala Lumpur and on the work of VERITAS and serves regularly as a guest critic and external examiner at the schools of architecture to motivate and contribute to the education of our young architecture students, most frequently at University Malaya where she was also appointed to the University Malaya Research Advisory Committee (UMRAC) in 2015-17.