Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nangkula Utaberta I.A.Icurrently is an Associate Professor at the Architecture Department, Faculty of Design and Architecture (FRSB), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). Previously he was a Senior Lecturer at the Architecture Department of National University of Malaysia (UKM, 2009-2012) and Senior Lecturer and Dean for School of Architecture and Design in Linton University College (2006-2009). Nangkula is the head of Warisan Alam Budaya dan Reka Bentuk Islam (WARIS-Culture and Heritage of Islamic Design) Research group in FRSB UPM and also Research Associate at Halal Product Research Institute of UPM. He completed his PhD in Islamic Architecture from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. He holds a Master of Architecture (M. Arch) from the same university (UTM), and Professional Degree, Bachelor of Architectural Engineering (B.Arch Eng.) from Universitas Indonesia.
Nangkula has over 16 years experiences in Architecture practice as a professional architect for various projects in Indonesia, Malaysia and some other countries such mosques, housing, public building, interior, landscape and urban design and also over 13 years’ experience as an academic. He is a professional and academic member of IAI (Indonesian Architect’s Institute) as well as researcher and senior advisor of some Centre of Excellent in Indonesia and Malaysia like Relife Green Development, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Centre of Islamic Architecture from the Sunna (CIAS), State Islamic University Malang, Centre of Islamic Architecture (Islamic University Muhammadiyah Surakarta), Centre for Indonesia Reform (MUC Global), Centre for Study in Built Environment in the Malay World/ KALAM (UTM), and Centre of Humane Art (Design Modular Sdn Bhd).
Nangkula is the honorary recipient of Malaysia National Book Awards for two consecutive years (2014 and 2015) for his excellent book in Islamic Architecture and Design, he also published more than 250 papers in index and refereed Journal with more than 300 papers in International and National conferences. He is actively presenting his knowledge in more than 100 seminar and public lecture and at the same time; he also published 5 books (join writer with Prof. Dr. Mohd Tajuddin Mohd Rasdi), 18 books on his own and more than 40 articles in Newspaper, Professional Magazine as well as on line website in English, Malay and Indonesian language.