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Tony Miskin- FAIQS;   LFIQS (SL); ARMIT (QS): Pioneering services rendered to the Quantity Surveying profession since 1973

Tony Miskin is recognised as one of the  pioneers of the Quantity Surveying Profession in Sri Lanka and  played an important role in its  development. He has been a prominent member of the  Construction Industry from 1973 to 1991.

 

After completion of his technical studies at the University of Moratuwa (former Institute of Practical Technology), he received a  6 year Colombo Plan scholarship to study in Melbourne Australia, where he successfully qualified as a Quantity Surveyor at the RMIT University in Melbourne in 5 years. In his final year he undertook further studies in Project Management & Building Economics at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

 

Mr Miskin began his career at the Buildings Department (former Public Works Department) in Sri Lanka, and later joined Design Consortium Ltd a leading firm of Architects as a Director. He was also Managing Director of Miskin & Partners -a firm of Quantity Surveyors & Arbitrators and also Director of Project Management Services Ltd, before migrating to Australia in 1991 with his family. He is the only Sri Lankan to be an active Director of Architectural, Project Management & Quantity Surveying Companies, in Colombo.

 

At a time, when the QS profession was not duly recognised in the Sri Lankan construction industry and there were just four QS professionals in Sri Lanka, Mr Miskin, together with Professor Caldera , Mr HD Chandrasena and others were instrumental in the development of the QS profession.  In 1974, he presented the paper “Quantity Surveying in Sri Lanka” in a Seminar organised by Commonwealth Association of Surveying and land Economy (CASLE) of London. This paper served as a launching pad for developing the QS profession as he recommended forming a Professional QS body to promote and advance the profession, preparation of a national SMM for use throughout the industry and better education facilities including a Post Graduate course. All his recommendations were implemented subsequently.                                                                                                                       

 

He was a joint -author of a report on a QS Degree at University of Moratuwa with Prof Rupert Peiris and HD Chandrasena in 1982. This report was submitted to the Institute for Construction, Training & Development (ICTAD) under a World Bank. / British council Programme, thus playing a major role in the establishment of the B.Sc. (QS) degree course at the University of Moratuwa.  He also assisted in drafting the initial curriculum for the degree course jointly with Professor Siri Caldera, HD Chandrasena and finalised by two British experts / U.N consultants.

 

He served as a Senior lecturer of the Department of Building Economics (QS) of the University of Moratuwa after the establishment of a QS degree course in 1986 in order to deliver competent QSs in all aspects for the construction industry in Sri Lanka. Today, his vision has been accomplished, and as a result , the B.Sc. (QS) Honours degree course has received accreditation by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) - UK, the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) and Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS). Major efforts by Prof: Chitra Weddikkara   and Mr HD Chandrasena after 1991 ensured that the B.Sc. (QS) Honours degree course received due accreditation.

Mr Miskin lectured  in various academical Institutes such as to both Undergraduate and Postgraduate Architectural and Quantity Surveying students of the University of Moratuwa  and also initiated many training programmes for the practicing Quantity Surveyors for 15 years.

 Mr Miskin was also a visiting lecturer at the Open University, SLIA, Institute of Administrative studies, Technical Training Institute Ratmalana and at ICTAD in Sri Lanka. He was also an Examiner for RIBA (UK), SLIA, IQSSL and the University of Moratuwa.

As a founding member and the first General Secretary of the IQSSL, he was involved in drafting the Constitution of the IQSSL. He held the position of  General Secretary and President for several years.  In order to promote the profession among Architects and Engineers, his tireless efforts in addressing several important seminars to the construction industry have helped to establish and recognize the important role  of QS’s  as an integral part of the construction industry.  He also played an active role in encouraging undergraduates to join IQSSL and AIQS.  As at 2006 there were 600 members of the IQSSL including 71 corporate Members.   Today there are more than 2000 including over 600 who are  employed overseas.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, a Fellow of the Sri Lanka Institute of Quantity Surveyors, and an Associate of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He is also a former Associate of the Australian Institute of Arbitrators and the Institute of Construction Surveyors London. On the 1st of July 2003 the Institute of Quantity Surveyors – Sri Lanka upgraded Mr. Miskin as a Honorary Life Fellow of the IQSSL for his pioneering services rendered for the development of the QS   profession in Sri Lanka over a long period of time. He is also the first Sri Lankan and the first from the South Asian region to be elevated as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors.

The construction industry also recognized his roles as a practicing Arbitrator, and as an Expert Witness and was also involved in joint Arbitrations with Supreme Court Judges, Justice AC Alles and Justice J Seneviratne.

 

He brought international recognition and honour to the QS profession of Sri Lanka. He is also the author of several Technical and general papers published in Australia, United Kingdom, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. Some of his published papers include;

·         Quantity Surveying in Sri Lanka- published by CASLE-London in 1974

·         Contractual & Cost aspects of a five star hotel-published by CASLE London–June 1987

·         Hotel Project in Sri Lanka-published by the Building Economist -Australia, Dec 1987

·         IYSH- Sri Lanka's Housing Strategy published by CASLE London - Jan 1988

·         Project  Management & Contract Documents-published by ICTAD & Institute  of    Engineers- 1989

·         Typical problems & Solutions in Contract administration-published by ICTAD –1990

·         Contractual arrangements and its Cost implications-published by Inst. of Surveyors Malaysia , Journal – 1991 and also University of Moratuwa   - 1991.  

·         Sri Lanka -a History of Growth- published by the Building Economist -Australia-1993.

·         A lecture titled “Public Awareness and importance of Quantity Surveying” delivered at a Seminar jointly organised by the University of Moratuwa and IQSSL. Mr Miskin was personally congratulated  by the Late Hon Lalith  Athulathmudali Minister of Higher education, for a  very informative and well delivered lecture.

·         “A glimpse into the History of Sri Lanka”, edited by Professor Nandasena Mudiyanse of the Kelaniya University and published in the Malay Journal- Terang, is perhaps the only attempt by a Malay to tackle such a subject.

·         In 2011 he was invited to deliver the Keynote address at an International PAQS Conference that was held in Sri Lanka in July 2011. Unfortunately Mr Miskin was unable to attend this  conference. Prof: Brandon of UK finally took his place  

·         He is the author of    The History of the  QS Profession in Sri Lanka “  A summarised version of this was published in the book “The   History of Quantity Surveying In Australia” in 2008  by the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) 

·         His  research  paper titled “  Chronological events in the History of Sri Lankan Malays “  was highly commended  and is preserved in the Dept: of National Archives.

·         He  is also the author of the book titled “   The Malay Directory “  .published by the Sri Lanka Malay association  in 1990.  This book includes Statistical data  on Malays and also other interesting articles  on Malays.

Whilst working in Sri Lanka, he was a well reputed expert in the Contract administration, Cost Management, Project Management  and Disputes Resolution for many projects including the prestigious 5 star Trans Asia Hotel project. This is currently known as the Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo.  He was also a pioneer in the use of Cost Planning & Elemental Cost Analysis as a planning tool in the QS profession of Sri Lanka. The Bills of Quantities prepared by  his  Company- Miskin & Partners Pty Ltd were based on the SMM available for use at that time.

 

The first QS firm in Sri Lanka was formed by Mr Miskin in 1979 and later renamed Miskin & Partners Pty Ltd. Prof Chitra Weddikkara was a Director of this company. Several young Quantity Surveyors  who were trained in the above firm- are professionally qualified now and are presently holding senior positions in various parts of the world.  He was the first Sri Lankan to be an active Director of Architectural (Design Consortium Ltd),

Project Management & Quantity Surveying companies in Sri Lanka. 

Two of his students  who were at the University of Moratuwa   are currently Uni: Professors.  Prof: Ramizdeen  at the Uni: of Moratuwa  and Prof:  Srinath Perera in UK.

After migration to Brisbane,Australia in 1991, he has been the Managing Director of Peak Property Group Pty Ltd, a Project Management & Property development company and also the Managing Partner of Miskin & Henny Partnership, a Construction firm.

Miskin & Henny  Partnership had Quality Assurance certification AS/NZS ISO- 9002:1994.  

 

Amidst the heavy workload, he was also a Mental Health social worker at the Mental hospital Angoda, and a member of the Sarvodaya movement for a brief period. 

He was also involved in helping a childrens orphanage   in Balapitiya for a long period.

 In Australia he is an Honorary Life Governor of the Royal Children’s hospital Melbourne .  

 

He  was very interested in matters pertaining to the Sri Lankan Malay community

He held the position of  General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Malay Association and was also the Vice President of the Malay Club – Padang, Colombo 2. He is a life member of both the SLMA Colombo, and the Sri Lankan Malay Association of Sydney. - Australia.

 

A fact not known to many is that Mr Miskin was also a good all-round sportsman. He captained Tennis, Badminton, & Soccer teams in the PWD/Buildings Department during his younger days and was also Vice captain of the Cricket team in the various Government Services tournaments. He was a member of Queens Club (Tennis) and is a Life member of Otters Aquatic club- Colombo 7.  In Australia, he represented the Sri Lanka Club of Victoria in Cricket, and was the Club’s Badminton champion for  5 consecutive years.


Mr. Miskin  who is leading a quiet semi- retired life has been a pillar of strength for the QS profession in Sri Lanka during the most difficult times. His personal untiring efforts finally enabling the  QS profession to gain due recognition  in the Construction industry.  His words of wisdoms to all, mainly to undergraduate  and post grad students and guidance to aspiring Quantity Surveyors  and Architects gained the respect of professionals, academics and students of various professions.


We, therefore, consider  him as a pioneer  and a colossus of the QS profession in Sri Lanka. Our gratitude go to Mr Miskin and his family as they were no doubt behind his success.

 

 

DUBAI

March 2012.

 


Tony Preena Miskin   - FAIQS, FIQS (SL), ARMIT.

 

Tony  Preena  Miskin is the eldest son of the late Mohammed Jaylan Thassim Miskin  and Mrs Sareena Miskin of Horetuduwa Moratuwa. 

 

Tony’s father MJT  Miskin, was  an Inspector of Police who retired as a lecturer of the Police Training School-  Kalutara in 1966.  He was born in 1910 and died in 1971.

 

Tony’s mother Sareena is the eldest daughter of Ahamadon Saed Baharan – Police Bandsman and  Sithy Kathija.

 

Tony married Jacqueline Fathima Lye ( ANZ Bank - Brisbane ), daughter of Al Haj BMR Lye (Manager Habib Bank Zurich) and Mrs Daneen Lye (nee Jumat) of Nawala in 1975.

 

Jacqueline died in 1996 in Brisbane, in Queenslandd, Australia  when she was just 41 years, and was buried at the Mt Gravatt Cemetery. Tony’s only son Imran is an Information Technology graduate of Griffith University in Qld. He is studying for a Post Graduate Diploma in Commerce, specializing in Professional Accounting at the University of Queensland.

 

Tony is a Cambrian and a product of Prince of Wales College – Moratuwa and the University of Moratuwa (formerly Inst: of  Practical Technology) He is also a Colombo Plan scholar. He proceeded on a 6 year scholarship to Melbourne Australia, where he successfully qualified as a Quantity Surveyor at the RMIT  University in Melbourne in 5 years. In his final year he undertook further studies in Project Management & Building Economics at the  University of Melbourne, Australia.

 

He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, a Fellow of the Sri Lanka Institute of Quantity Surveyors, and an Associate of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He is also a former Associate of the Australian Institute of Arbitrators and the Institute of Construction Surveyors London

 

In Sri Lanka, Tony worked at the Buildings Department Colombo (former PWD) and later joined Design Consortium Ltd a leading firm of Architects as a Director. He was also Managing Director of Miskin & Partners -a firm of Arbitrators & Quantity Surveyors and also Director of Project Management Services Ltd, before migrating to Australia in 1991 with his family. He is the only Sri Lankan to be an  active Director of Architectural, Project Management & Quantity Surveying Companies, in Colombo.

 

One of his biggest achievements in the construction industry was the Contract administration & Cost Management of the 5 star Trans Asia Hotel – Colombo which cost Rs 1.5 Billion in 1984. In the final year of this prestigous project, he took over the Project Managers role to finalize the accounts of the 81 separate contracts and resolve major  disputes between the Client and contractors. He delivered the goods to the clients satisfaction.

 

Tony was also a practising Arbitrator, and was also involved in joint Arbitrations with Supreme court Judges,  Justice AC Alles  and Justice J Seneviratne.

 

Tony was a prominent member in Sri Lanka’s construction industry from 1973 to 1991.

 

He is also a former Senior Lecturer of the University of Moratuwa where he lectured Architectural, Quantity Surveying & Engineering students for 14 years.

 

Tony was also a visiting lecturer at the Open University, Institute of Architects, Institute of Administrative studies Colombo 7, Technical Training Institute Ratmalana and at ICTAD- (Institute for construction, training & development) - Colombo 7.

 

He is also the author of several Technical papers published in Australia, United Kingdom, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.  Four of these papers were lectures delivered to Professional bodies One in an International Seminar organised by CASLE of London.and held at the BMICH.

 

One paper titled - “ A glimpse into the History of Sri Lanka “, edited by Professor  Nandasena Mudiyanse of the Kelaniya  University and published in the Malay Journal- Terang, is perhaps the only attempt by a Malay to tackle such a subject.

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Tony is a pioneer in Quantity Surveying in Sri Lanka and was the General Secretary and President of the Sri Lankan Institute of Quantity Surveyors for several years

 

Tony  played a major role in the establishment of the QS course at the University of Moratuwa and developed the curricula for the course jointly with Professor Siri Caldera, Mr. HD Chandrasena.- Chief QS  of the S.E.C. and  two  English/U.N consultants.

 

He also took an active part in Malay Community matters and is the author of  the  Malay Directory published by the Sri Lanka Malay Association in 1990. He was also the General Secretary of the SLMA and the Vice President of the Malay Club – Padang, Colombo 2.

He is a life member of both the SLMA  Colombo, and the Sri Lankan Malay Association of Sydney.- Australia.

 

Amidst the heavy workload, Tony surprisingly found time to be a social worker too, and was a Mental Health social worker at the Mental hospital Angoda, and a member  of the Sarvodaya movement  for  a brief  period.  In Australia he is an Honorary Life Governor of the Royal childrens hospital Melbourne and presently the Overseas Director for the Samanala Childrens Home Balapitiya- Sri Lanka. (a home for orphans)

 

A fact not known to many is that Tony was also a good all-round sportsman . He captained Tennis, Badminton, & Soccer teams in the PWD/Buildings Dept during his younger days and was also Vice captain of the Cricket team in the various Government Services tournaments. He was a member of Queens club ( Tennis ) and is a Life member of Otters Aquatic club- Colombo 7.

He was also a semi finalist in the All Island Badminton tourney  for Novices held at the YMCA.-Colombo  as a young sportsman.  In Australia, he represented  the Sri Lanka Club of Victoria  in Cricket, and was the  Club’s Badminton champion for 5  consecutive years..

 

In Brisbane,  Tony is the Managing Director of the property development company; Peak Property Group Pty Ltd. and Managing Partner of Miskin & Henny Partnership – a building firm.  Miskin & Henny has Quality Assurance certification AS/NZS ISO- 9002:1994.

 

Peak Property Group is involved in joint venture construction projects with a Brisbane based property development company, in Australia. Having given up Quantity Surveying since migration to Brisbane, he is now involved in the more challenging professions of Project Management  and Property Development.. His son Imran is also a Director of Peak Property Group.

 

Tony is contemplating semi-retirement, to embark on another favourite subject close to his heart- to write a Book on  “ The history of   the  Miskin Family”  to some extent a sequel to the international  Book titled- “ The World book of  Miskins “

 

6th Jan 2003-   Brisbane, Qld. Australia.