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A. Ghafar Ahmad, (1997), "British Colonial Architecture in Malaysia 1800-1930", Kuala Lumpur: Museums Association of Malaysia

(Synopsis: The main intent of the book is to study the wide range of British colonial architecture in Malaysia, particularly those which were built between 1800 and 1930. The year 1800 is a convenient point for permanent buildings to be established. The effects of modern architecture were beginning to be seen in the 1920s. The date of 1930 is considered to be suitable cut off point for considered of historic buildings. There are 5 chapters in the book discussing many aspects of building conservation including its importance, discovering British colonial buildings and the classification of buildings. The book would be useful not only to foreign visitors and tourists but to those who have the interest of preserving and conserving the national heritage of Malaysia)

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Zulkifli Hanafi (A. Ghafar Ahmad, editor), (1996), "Alat-alat Pertukangan Tradisional Melayu" (Trans: Traditional Malay Carpentry Tools), Kulim: Amber Solara Publication

(Synopsis: Many traditional Malay buildings in Malaysia including traditional Malay houses, mosques and palaces built by local carpenters use traditional carpentry tools. The book illustrates many traditional carpentry tools from 'tali sifat' to 'penebuk lubang')

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Zulkifli Hanafi (A. Ghafar Ahmad, editor), (1996), "Pembinaan Bangunan Tradisional Melayu" (Trans: The Construction of Traditional Malay Buildings), Kulim: Amber Solara Publication

(Synopsis: Local building materials such as timber, bamboo and attap thatch have been widely used in the construction of traditional Malay buildings. There are many stages involved in the construction of the traditional Malay buildings from ritual acts in indentifying the suitable building site to naming building structures. The books focuses on the building construction of the traditional Malay houses with extensive diagrams and illustrations.)

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Zulkifli Hanafi (A. Ghafar Ahmad, editor), (1999), "Siri Lukisan Terukur: Rumah Tradisional Melayu Di Pulau Pinang" (Trans: Series of Measured Drawings: Traditional Malay Houses in Penang), Kulim: Amber Solara Publication.

 (Synopsis: The book focuses on the methods of measured drawings. Some   traditional Malay houses in Penang have been selected for the measured drawing exercises.)

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A. Ghafar Ahmad, Ramli Jamaludin, Raja Hayati Raja Ali & Wan Hafizayati Wan Hassan, (2001), "Seni Bina Bangunan Bersejarah Negeri Johor", (Trans: Historical Buildings of Johor), Johor Bahru: Yayasan Warisan Johor

(Synopsis: This dual-language book focuses on 14 selected historical buildings in the state of Johor, Malaysia. Each building is studied from the perspective of history, location, design architect/engineer, construction period, design concept and architectural features.)

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A. Ghafar Ahmad, "Pengenalan Pemuliharaan Bangunan", (Trans: Introduction to Building Conservation), (unpublished)

(Synopsis: The main intent of the book is to study the fundamental aspects of building conservation. It discusses concepts and objectives of building conservation, the importance of such practices and clarification of terminologies. It also explains about common building materials, building defects and maintenance)

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A. Ghafar Ahmad, "Pemuliharaan Bandar Warisan Di Malaysia", (Trans: Conservation of Heritage Cities in Malaysia), (unpublished)

(Synopsis: Conservation of historic cities can be explained as the preservation of heritage buildings, sites and local cultures. In the context of the heritage cities, aspects concerning the history of the city and the architectural significance are important factors in promoting and developing local tourism industry. There are 7 chapters written in the book discussing various aspects of the heritage cities. It also studies three historic cities in Malaysia namely Malacca, Kota Bharu and Georgetown)

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A. Ghafar Ahmad and Kelvin Ong U-Lin, "Seni Bina Cina Peranakan Melaka", (Trans: The Architecture of Peranakan Cina in Malacca), (unpublished)

(Synopsis: The Peranakan Cina community or locally known as the Baba and Nyonya is not only famous with its food and culture but its unique traditional architecture. The main intent of the book is to study the various aspects of the Peranakan Cina architecture in Malacca including the shophouses, mansions and religious buildings. It also explains the unique culture of the Peranakan Cina community which affects the designs and layout of the buildings. There are 7 chapters written in the book)

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