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Journal of Design and Built Environment


Discipline(s) / Subdiscipline(s):

     1. Engineering & Technology
         - Architecture & design

E-ISSN: 2232-1500
Print ISSN: 1823-4208
Publisher: Faculty of Built Environment, University of Malaya
Publication type: Print & Electronic
Publication frequency: 2 time(s) per year
Journal Website: https://ejournal.um.edu.my/index.php/jdbe

Contact Info

Dr. Goh Hong Ching
Journal of Design and Built Environment

Article Submission
Editorial Assistant

Journal of Design and Built Environment (JDBE)
Faculty of Built Environment
University of Malaya
50603 Kuala Lumpur

An International refereed Journal. Published since 2005.

The Journal of Design and Built Environment (JDBE) is a free open access publication and published twice yearly in June and December by the Faculty of Built Environment, University of Malaya. Available online, JDBE normally contains four academic papers of wide-ranging topics reporting on issues in the built environment including:

  • Urban Design
  • Urban Governance/Management
  • Sustainable Design
  • Urban Conservation
  • Architectural Technology
  • Urban Transportation
  • Architectural Conservation
  • Urban Economics & Regeneration
  • Theory and History
  • Urban Poverty
  • Information Technology in Architecture
  • Advocacy Planning
  • Landscape Accessibility
  • Housing Policy & Regulations
  • User Perception in Landscape
  • Housing Affordability
  • Urban & Rural Landscape
  • Housing Mobility
  • Landscape Design
  • Building Inspection and Audit
  • Interior Building Material
  • Building Forensic and Pathology
  • Interior Space Design
  • Building Control & Regulations
  • Interior Ornamentation & Symbolism
  • Building Services
  • Furniture Design, Loose & Built In
  • Building Conservation
  • Planning & Development Control
  • Spatial Planning
  • Sustainable Development
  • Recreational & Tourism Planning
  • Regional Planning
  • Transportation & Infrastructure Planning
  • Planning Theory & Philosophy
  • Social & Community Planning
  • Information Technology in Planning
The cases are not refrained to the local context, indeed we have accepted and published various studies from works conducted in South Africa and Indonesia. Our diversity is also reflected in the language of the article, whereby Malay is accepted alongside English. This reflects our standing as a premier university in the Malay-speaking region of South East Asia. Our bilingual policy is aimed at attracting quality research from the region and also promoting knowledge dissemination in Malay-speaking communities.

JDBE has been conceived with the intention to provide an international forum for discussions and report debates on subject-focused teaching and learning. It also offers a means of publishing the findings of well-founded academic investigations. We are committed to always making improvement to the quality of this Journal; and towards this end, we welcome constructive criticisms and meaningful suggestions.

Our editors are committed in upholding international ethical and professional standards in publication. The quality and consistency of JDBE is further assured by a panel of distinguished and dedicated International Advisors and reviewers who have generously given their valuable time and effort.



Dr. Goh Hong Ching

Editorial Board

  • Ainoriza Mohd Aini, Dr. (University of Malaya)
  • Hafez Salleh Assoc. Prof. Dr. (University of Malaya)
  • Suzaini Zaid Dr. (University of Malaya)
  • Peter Aning Anak Tedong, Dr. (University of Malaya)
  • Kong Seng Yap, Dr. (University of Malaya)
  • Karam Mustafa Rashid Al-Obaidi, Dr. (University of Malaya)
  • Farid Wajdi Akashah, Dr. (University of Malaya)
  • Hazreena Hussein, Ar. (University of Malaya)
  • Norhanim Zakaria, Dr. (University of Malaya)
  • Syazwani Abas
  • Professor Stanley McGreal
    Built Environment Research Institue
    University of Ulster
  • Professor Low Sui Pheng
    School of Design and Environment
    National University of Singapore
  • Emeritus Professor Dato Ar. Elias @ Ilias Salleh
    Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI)
    Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
  • Emeritus Professor Sarah Sayce
    Kingston University London
  • Dr. Emmanuel Essah
    School of Construction Management and Engineering
    University of Reading





The Journal of Design and Built Environment is a free open access publication of the Faculty of the Built Environment, University of Malaya. The journal aims to publish original papers concerned with the general area of tropical built environment and related topics. The journal also aims to present to the international community important research, development and design issues in the tropical built environment. The scope of the journal would be broad and will encompass all activities of the built environment.


We welcome original research papers not previously published, unpublished versions or extended conference papers, application and design studies, comparative case studies, reviews of architectural and building works, and survey articles. Manuscripts have been subjected to the screening for plagiarism and blind peer review processes prior to publication.


Architects, Builders, Building Surveyors, Quantity Surveyors, Real Estate professionals, Engineers, Policy makers, Students and Researchers in Built Environment, Building Science and Engineering in institutions of higher learning.

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the journal, papers should be written for the professional and academic audience that may have either general or specific interest in the topics.


Papers will be published in English.


This journal uses e-submission method which requires all contributors to register/logging into Manuscript Central System

There is no article processing charge (APC) or submission charge for submission and publication in this journal. All submission and publication in this journal is free.


The preferred length for articles is around 5,000 words. However, shorter contributions will be welcomed and longer articles may be considered for publication. Manuscripts should be typed in double-spacing on one side of A4-sized paper with 1.5-inch margin on the left, using 10-point regular Times New Roman font. The pages should be numbered consecutively.

(a) The first page

The first page should show the title, author(s), affiliation, country and e-mail address(es) in the style as follows:

Title : 15-pt bold Times New Roman, justified
Author(s) : 11-pt bold Times New Roman, align left
Affiliation and Country : 10-pt regular Times New Roman, align left
E-mail address : 10-pt regular Times New Roman, align left, underlined

The first page should also contain an abstract of not more than 200 words and up to five keywords to facilitate indexing. The abstract should summarise the objectives, main findings and conclusions of the paper.

(b) References

Only references which are cited in the text should be included in the Reference List. the APA Style reference system is adopted for the journal. Please refer to guidelines presented in http://www.apastyle.org for details for submissions.. References within the text will be shown in bracket by quoting first, the author’s name followed by a comma and year of publication all in round bracket, e.g. (Salim, 2003).

References should appear at the end of the article, arranged in alphabetical order by the first author’s surname as follows:

For books: surname, initials, (year), title, publisher, place of publication

For journals: surname, initials, (year), title, journal, volume, number, pages

For conference papers: surname, initials, (year), “title”, conference name, place, pages


Pescod, M. B. (1989), Environmental Engineering, Wiley, London Pescod, M. B. and Mara, D. (1987), Sewage Treatment, In Pescod, M. B. (Ed), Water and Wastewater Treatment, Wiley, London. pp 135-155 (1987)

Wakeman, R. A. (1989), Ultrasonic Cleaning of Membrane Processes, Journal of Membrane Science, 3(2):34-41

Conference Paper
Suleyman, A. M. (1999), Use of Morringa Oleifera as Coagulant in Water Treatment, Proceedings of the International Conference on Water Treatment, Sarawak, Malaysia, pp 139-145

(c) Figures, tables and captions

Figures and tables must be included within the text rather than grouped at the end of the paper. Captions should be centred with respect to figures and tables and numbered consecutively. Table headings must be placed above tables, and figure captions placed underneath figures.

To facilitate clear reproduction, all photographs and images must be sent in their originals and cited the original sources.


Submission of a manuscript implies a commitment to publish in this journal. Simultaneous submission to other journals is unacceptable. Previously published work, or work which is substantially similar to previously published work, is ordinarily not acceptable. If in doubt about these requirements, contact the editors.


Contributors are usually notified within 12 weeks whether their manuscripts have been accepted. If changes are required, authors are furnished with comments from the editors and the international review board. The editors are responsible for all final decisions on editorial changes. The editors reserve the right to copy-edit and proof all articles accepted for publication without prior consultation with contributing authors.


All enquiries and submission of the manuscripts should be addressed to:

Dr. Nazli Che Din
Journal of Design and Built Environment
Faculty of Built Environment
University of Malaya
50603 Kuala Lumpur

Tel : 03-7967 7812
Fax: + 603 7967 7354
E-mail : jdbe@um.edu.my
  Journal Coverage

Indexed by MyJurnal (2018)
H-Index 2
Immediacy Index 0.000
Rank 0
Indexed by Scopus (SCImago Journal Rankings 2016)
Impact Factor 0
Rank Q3 (Architecture)
Q4 (Building and Construction)
Q4 (Nature and Landscape Conservation)
Q4 (Urban Studies)
Additional Information 0.103 (SJR)

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