Mariam Aliou

Mariam Aliou

Kuala Lumpur, MY




I am a postgraduate student(Masters of Science in built environment). I am Cameroonian; lived in New York City for 6 years, Saudi Arabia(Jeddah) for 8 years, and currently Malaysia(Kuala Lumpur) for 6 years. My area of interest is sustainable design(My thesis topic is waste management in sustainable architecture), and my first degree is Bachelors of Science in Architectural Studies. Career-wise I am interested in architecture firms, waste management companies, and project management companies.



Singapore Telecommunications, Kuala Lumpur, Executive Technical Support Officer

-Technical troubleshooting for telephones and internet
-Extensive internet troubleshooting(connectivity, email, web support)

Feb 2012 - current

ABC and Rice School, Siem Reap, KH, English Teacher

Volunteer teaching English to local kids at the elementary school while there on vacation

Sep 2011 - Dec 2011

ArinSkeem Architects, Yaoundé, CM, Architectural Intern

o Prepared proposals for student hostels
o Motivational speech during induction for first year university students at Ecole Superior D’architecture Yaounde
o Lecturer’s assistant
o Prepared proposals for house plan modification(expansion) for a client

Jun 2010 - Dec 2010

SBS Maniam Nohairi, & Azizan Lawfirm, Kuala Lumpur, MY, Architectural consultant (Free-lance)

o Firm was suing Public bank and surrounding buildings for encroachment, I analyzed the site and prepared floor plans, sections and 3D drawings depicting boundaries and encroachment
o Prepared a report listing offenses according to Malaysian Building By-Laws
o Assisted in preparation of court evidence and all supporting documentation

Jan 2010 - May 2010


International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, MY, Masters, Science in Built Environment

Masters by research and Dissertation topic is: Waste Management in Sustainable Architecture.
Excerpt from said dissertation:

1.1 Problem Statement:
"The purpose of this research is to establish the optimal (most efficient yet cost effective) waste management system, using green building technologies: study, in-depth, waste management systems of a country highly competent in that arena; Germany, Freiburg is considered one of the greenest cities in the world (De Jesus, 2008) and adopt it to tailor fit a developing nation, such as Malaysia.

1.3 Research Questions
 How to actively involve the public in the movement towards a ‘greener’ Malaysia, and tackle the general population’s indifference to emerging environmental issues?
 How to propose an innovative WMS, whilst adhering to Malaysia’s existing policies regarding waste management?
1.4 Hypothesis:
Considering the vast difference in climate, geography, culture, government, and economy, Germany’s waste management system may seem to be an unlikely model to exemplify, nevertheless aspiring to excellence and taking the best as an example is a progressive way to improve. Given these differences, the task will be a tough undertaking and quite a stimulating challenge. Another obstacle is proposing solutions for decreasing waste generation, especially factoring in the rapid surge of rural- urban migration, increase in per capita income of the population (thus more consumption) and the changes and less ‘green’ practices in consumer lifestyles

1.6 Significance of Research
The significance of this dissertation is to study, explore and delve comprehensively into the existing waste management systems in Malaysia: its strengths and weaknesses, where it can stand to improve, whilst taking as a prototype Germany, who is continually on the front lines of architectural development and green technology. This is not to mean simply imitating its waste management systems, but understanding and critically analyzing it, taking it as guides and molding certain aspects which are an appropriate fit to upgrade the current Sustainable practices in Malaysia.
This paper strives to achieve optimal waste management. That being said, the technical aspects, new technologies, etc. can only go so far; as without participation and awareness of the public, the system cannot soar, because the origin of waste in the first place is the users themselves, therefore both entities must work in par. Hence this paper targets both the physical system as well as the general public; progressively pushing them to adopt more sustainable practices(stress upon the fact that what may seem like inconsequential changes in their daily habits can, in fact be benefitting the environment; even its at a small scale) "

Feb 2012 - current

International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, MY, BArch, Science in Architectural Studies

-Ecncompassed many aspects in architecture(theory, history, building constuction and materials, structural engineering..etc)
Core element was Design Studio(6 studio courses), sharpening our conceptual design development and technical design skills (Residential, Institutional, Commercial and Industrial scopes) both manual and digital

Feb 2006 - Apr 2010

American International School Jeddah, Jeddah, SA, High School, Diploma

Aug 2002 - Jun 2005

Areas of Specialization 


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