Saif KL Chai, Design Director, Axis Identity Group
Saif is an architect by profession. He studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) in London and graduated his AA Dipl. with the tutorship of the renowned Dame Zaha Hadid in 1987.
He worked in a couple of architectural firms in London after graduation, Hamilton Associates and Biscoe & Stanton, and subsequently ventured into his own architectural practice in London for a short term before he moved home to start his career in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He was also invited to tutor first year students at the AA right after his graduation from the School for a couple of years.
Saif is also a keen painter. During his student years at the AA, he visited Cyprus frequently and had done a series of landscape paintings of the famous village of Kakopetria, including portraits of the old village folks. The paintings are now permanently exhibited at a gallery in Kakopetria.
Still practising architecture, Saif started doing interior design when he was invited to join Axis for several major interior design projects in Dubai in 2007, after running his own architectural practice for over 10 years in Kuala Lumpur. To date, he has various projects of diversified nature accomplished in the UK, Myanmar, UAE, China, Cambodia, Japan, Cyprus and in Malaysia.