About the Journal

The Design Ideals Journal (DIJ) of the Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design, IIUM is dedicated to creative output, product and proposal of ideas and designs related to theory, experiments, research, development and applications of the ideas and practices of the built environment professions in Malaysia and elsewhere.


The objective of the journal is to promote the creativity of the built environment profession through critique, dialogue and exchange of views. Design Ideals will welcome any news, feature articles, or peer-reviewed proposals (including book and article reviews, product design review, etc.) for publication. All articles should be original work by the authors. Articles, views and features will not be taken to be the official view of the Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design (KAED), and IIUM unless it carries the name of KAED, IIUM as the author. This is to encourage open discussion on diverse issues, critique and opinion for the advancement of built environment practice.

It is observed that seemingly in the specialized fields of Architecture, Planning, Landscape Architecture, Quantity Surveying, Applied Arts and Design, and others related to the built environment, there is a general lacking of scholarly views and research reports, either collectively or individually, especially on design features, that are closest to Malaysia, Asia and the Islamic world. Thus, the Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design, the International Islamic University Malaysia (KAED, IIUM) ponders it to be timely and appropriate for a special dedicated journal i.e. Design Ideal Journal (DIJ) to be time- honored. The key aim of DIJ is therefore to provide a platform for such slit in the body of knowledge. Hence, DIJ offers an opportunity for researchers, research students, and practitioners to share their views, theoretical and empirical research findings; and readers, especially academics and students to advance and value from its contents. Research reports and theoretical papers, short practice notes, design reviews and abstracts from portfolios and design theses are welcome.