ohr was founded on principles of creativity and collaboration in engineering, at a time when we felt the Malaysian built environment could benefit from it. We believe that engineering can and should be creative. Amazing feats of engineering throughout history were borne out of creativity, by people who stepped up to challenge the norm. Creativity should not be reserved for special undertakings. Rather, the simplest and most mundane tasks, through to the most complex will all benefit from a touch of it. Creativity is the essence of efficiency and excellence. We believe that collaborative effort in all we do and by all who are involved is fundamental to an amazing outcome.
With collaboration comes trust, commitment, integrity, open communication, transparency, mutual respect and inclusiveness. At ohr, equality comes into the equation too, as we believe all people are created equal. Everything we do is underpinned by this creative and collaborative approach, and is reflected in the solutions that we provide. Now, when creativity and collaboration are embedded in everything we do, fun inevitably ensues. And why can't and shouldn't work be fun? Agan, let's challenge and change the norm in our country.
This is why at ohr we say, let's engineer it differently. But we look forward to the day when this way of doing engineering in Malaysia is no longer an exception but rather, the norm.
ohr (ore, Hebrew אוֹר ) v. to be the light.
As a member of the Unashamedly Ethical campaign we are committed to a clean and ethical living. By this we are committed to being honest and ethical in all our dealings; to provide efficient, economic and effective products and services in an impartial manner; to provide all stakeholders with timely, accessible and accurate information; to refuse to elicit, accept or pay any bribes, and to report those who do; to negotiate all contracts with the utmost integrity; to pay taxes, and to pay all creditors on time; to pay reasonable salaries and wages; to submit ourselves to just and ethical governing authorities; to remember the poor by investing generously and sacrificially in the broader community; to collaborate with our peers to impact our community and nation.
We believe in increasing employee freedom rather than limiting it, as restricting freedom stifles creativity and prevents genuine commitment to ohr. We enable this through a culture of high performance and self-discipline.
We openly communicate and have dialogues.
We are transparent in our decision making.
We do not control or dictate, but provide context, insights and understanding.
We value team players. We help each other be great. We do not tolerate office politics, unhealthy competition and any other mistreatment of people.
We value work-life balance. We manage our work and work smart to achieve this.
The office is clean, tidy and clutter-free.
We create a relaxed, friendly, comfortable, pleasant and respectful atmosphere.
We are mindful of the personal privacy and space of our teammates.
We refrain from activities that will distract or adversely affect others working.
We care for the environment. We consider the impact of our actions, and eliminate and reduce detrimental impact where possible. This includes water, energy and paper consumption.
Environmental impact is considered in arriving at engineering solutions, and we champion sustainable design at all possible opportunities.
We maintain a thirst for learning, and with that, improving.
We openly share everything, even mistakes, and collectively learn, at all levels.
We continuously improve our knowledge of engineering, the built environment and the business. Creativity in our engineering approach is only possible with a sound knowledge of the subject.
We care about creating great work; mediocrity and complacency will not be tolerated.
We are passionate about our work.
Once clear and specific strategies are set, we proactively work towards achieving these without the need for undue control and monitoring.
We plan and manage our own development. We create an environment that allows self-development through experience, observation, introspection, study and discussion.
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Best part of having ohr on our team was their attentiveness and ownership. and they are inspired, committed and detailed.
Managing Director, ZLG Design I Architect
They have a very good understanding of structural design, which saved us large sums of money from having not to strengthen columns on a high rise.
Lim Tee Keng
Managing Director, Mentari Berseri I Contractor & Client
Cost is the biggest concern as we have a very tight budget and i was worried if ohr wasn't interested. the project's key concern is optimization of resources to achieve the maximum returns. obviously this necessitated much time and effort to brainstorm solutions. ohr came through time and again with innovative ideas and solutions and they managed this within our limited budget.
Lee Wing Wei
Yasotha Chetty is the founder of ohr. She has been involved in the delivery of projects in UK, Europe, Middle East and Malaysia. Yasotha worked in England for nine years with Buro Happold and Ramboll (Whitbybird), both highly regarded multidisciplinary building consultants. Returning to Malaysia in 2011 under the government's Returning Expert Programme, she joined AECOM, a Fortune 500 engineering firm, heading the civil and structural discipline within building engineering.
Her works spread across various structural materials including concrete, steel, timber and masonry; and covers working with existing buildings to iconic architectures.
Passionate about creative engineering solutions, Yasotha seeks to create a collaborative work environment to develop integrated and innovative design solutions. She is also actively involved with academic and industry bodies.
Qualifications: PEng CEng MIEM MICE MRes BSc (Hons)