Manifesto of Design and Research in Experimental Architecture (mdrxa) was set up as an independent architectural think tank founded by Qhawarizmi Norhisham and Yasmin Rahman during their studies. Both have graduated top of the class with Masters of Architecture UiTM, a local University in Malaysia.

In recent years, mdrxa has had a large body of research work that focused in areas such as housing, urban design, spatial manipulation and alternative farming. Majority of findings and ideas have been presented at international conferences, developed and then tested via design competitions in various platforms. Through support and collaboration, mdrxa has emerged as one of the notable names in the design competition scene. They believe that each participation enables fresh ideas and novel solutions to be vigorously discussed and effectively conveyed to the public. They consistently question the notion of experimental ideas in architecture and processes of architecture.

Qhawarzimi currently runs his own practice, Qhawarizmi Architect, a small registered Architectural set-up, as a sister company to mdrxa. Both Qhawarizmi & Yasmin are lecturing at Taylor’s University. Currently mdrxa is focusing on documenting, curating and publishing their research work in an accessible medium they call Manifesto. The Manifesto Series attempts to further entice thinkers alike by provoking and cultivating debate within the profession to push the possibility of architecture and its applications.


Registered Professional Architects
Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia (LAM)

Neue Artisans (Design Directory) Publication 2016

House Vision Malaysia 2014-2016
Research Team & Collaborator

Honorable Mention MH17 Memorial + Park Competition
Matterbatter Amsterdam, Netherlands

Certified GBI Facilitator
MGBC (Malaysian Green Building Confederation)

Academician at Taylors University (Lakeside)
The Design School, SABD

Academician at MARA University of Technology (UiTM)
Center of Studies Architecture, Shah Alam

Venice Biennale 2014 (Malaysian Pavilion)
Participant / Exhibitor under [SA]²

AYDA (Asia Young Designer Award) 2011-Present
Alumni Member

Paper presented for Energy & Sustainability International Conference
Wessex Institute of Technology, UK 2014

Two papers presented for The Sustainable City IX: Urban Regeneration and Sustainability Conference (WIT)
Sienna, Italy 2014

Recipient of PAM Academic Excellence Award 2013
Representing UiTM for LAM Part II

Recipient of Master’s Excellence Award 2013
Graduated with cgpa 4.00

Best Student Master of Architecture 2011-2013
Faculty Post Graduate Award

Invited Speaker at Taylors University 2013
SABD Lecture Series

Gold & Silver Medal IIDEX 2013
Invention, Innovation & Design UiTM

1st Place Greentech House Competition GTH 2013
UTM KL & Be-basics Netherlands

Two papers presented for the Sustainable City VII International Conference
Wessex Institute of Technology, UK 2013

1st Place Greentech House Competition GTH 2012
UTM KL & Be-basics Netherlands

Winner of Ikon Varsiti BH
Berita Harian

MHI-Malaysia Hari Ini TV3
Live national broadcast on 28th January 2013

Recipient of PAM Johnson Suisse Scholarship 2012 & 2013
Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia & Johnson Suisse Sdn.Bhd.

1st Place PAM TCSL Logo Competition
for Tan Sri Ar. Chan Sau Lai Architecture Student Award

Research paper presented at Tirana Architecture Week
Tirana, Albania 2012

1st Place Putrajaya Urban Design Competition 2012
Putrajaya Holdings (PJH) & Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad

1st Place KFC Johor Corporation Design Challenge 2012
YBhg Tuan Haji Kamaruzzaman Abu Kassim, CEO

Two papers presented at Arte-Polis 4 International Conference 2012
Bandung, Indonesia

1st Place UAC Architecture Student Design Competition 2012
Both Varsity & Intervarsity categories

1st Place UAC Architecture Student Design Competition 2011
Both Varsity & Intervarsity categories

Recipient of PAM Academic Excellence Award 2011
Representing UiTM for LAM Part I

1st Place State Of Selangor New Affordable Housing Model Competition
hosted by Selangor Government / LHPS

First Prize Winner MSSA Open Ideas Competition 2012
CIDB Construction Industry Development Board

Participated for the RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship Award 2011
One student per RIBA accredited school

1st Place IBS Video Animation Competition 2010-2011
CIDB Construction Industry Development Board

International Workshop paper presented at Ravage of The Planet III
Wessex Institute of Technology, UK 2011

AEDES Network Campus Berlin (ANCB) Urban Design workshop
under supervision of Dietmar Llyek Berlage Institut

Vice Chancellor Award 2011
BSc. (Architecture) UiTM

BFM 89.9 Live Radio Podcast
on Green Architecture with Bruno Plasse 05 February 2011

1st Place Green Affordable Residential Challenge 2010
Alliance Française & Goethe Institute Kuala Lumpur

Best Student BSc. (Architecture) 2007-2011
First Class Honours

Urban Design workshop with University of Technology Sydney, Australia
under supervision of Anthony Burke, UTS

German Language Certificate 2001-2004
Goethe Institute Kuala Lumpur