PAVA architects &

Shma Co., Ltd.

SUN, 27 Jun 2021 | 14:45 - 16:00 

Topic: Nature+People+Local: Kao Mai Estate 1955

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PAVA architects is an interdisciplinary practice in architecture studio, based in Bangkok. PAVA is founded by Pacharapan Ratananakorn and Varat Limwibul. We practice cross-disciplinary boundaries and conduct research to bridge the gap between architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture and urban design disciplines. PAVA considers architecture as a process and system rather than a singularity and sublime. From our perspective, what architecture “does” is more important than what architecture “is” or “means”. It is our belief that the critical practice in architecture needs to represent a multi- dimensions of context not only form, space and order of architecture but also reflect the invisible layers of economics, politics, culture and the environment. PAVA have been recognized in design awards both internationally and locally. The Kaomai Estate 1955, master plan and museum project, was awarded UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards 2018 for Cultural Heritage Conservation in ‘New Design in Heritage Contexts’ category. This project was also awarded as Mark Winner, Golden Pin Design Award 2018 in Spatial Design category (Recreational and Entertainment Space). ASA Lanna Headquarters of Northern Thai Architects competition 2014 was awarded second prize by Association of Northern Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage.


Pacharapan Ratananakorn

Pacharapan founded PAVA architects with Varat in 2018. She worked with Architeckidd co.,ltd. as a licensed architect and interior architect in Thailand. She was awarded the Gold, Regional Holcim Asia Pacific Awards 2014, and Finalist, Global Holcim Awards 2014 for the Protective Wing project (Bird Sanctuary) with Architectkidd by Lafarge Holcim Foundation, Zurich. She is a guest critic and instructor for architecture, interior architecture and urban design programs in various universities including Thammasat University, Chulalongkorn University, and Rangsit University, Bangkok Thailand. Pacharapan holds the Bachelor of Architecture degree in Interior Architecture with 2nd Class Honors 2012 from Chulalongkorn University and the Master of Advanced Studies in Urban Design 2017 from ETH Zurich.

Varat Limwibul

Varat has past experience with Architects 49 Limited in Bangkok, Bjarke Ingels Group in New York and work as a registered architect under Architect Council of Thailand. He is a guest critic and instructor for architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design programs at Chulalongkorn University and Thammasat University, Bangkok Thailand. Varat worked with the professors at Harvard GSD for Practices of Landscape Architecture and Landscape Core Studio as a teaching assistance. He worked with the Chula Unisearch supporting both architectural and landscape designs. Varat is a graduate Bachelor of Architecture with 1st Class Honors 2012 from Chulalongkorn University and holds the degree of Master in Landscape Architecture with Distinction 2019 from Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.


Shma Co., Ltd. is a research-based landscape architectural design firm with a multidisciplinary team that works in collaboration to transform landscape territories and find out solutions for today’s social and environmental challenges.

Shma’s projects have been awarded and shortlisted for World Architecture Festival (WAF), International Federation of Landscape Architects Congress (IFLA), Landezine International Landscape Award (LILA), and Thai Association of Landscape Architects Awards (TALA Awards.)

Namchai Saensupha

received his degree in Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Chulalongkorn University, and has experiences working in various landscape architect firms, including NagaConcepts Pte Ltd., Peridian Asia Co., Ltd., and Cicada Pte Ltd.

In 2007, he founded Shma Co., Ltd. with 2 other partners, and has been working there as a co-founder and director of the firm.

His scope of works ranges from residential, hospitality, institution, public parks, commercial and mixed-use. His designs focus on sustainable, resilient, and social-friendly approaches, which derived from community-based participatory process.

Namchai has also been a visiting critic at Department of Landscape Architecture, Kasetsart University, a visiting lecturer at Chulalongkorn University and Thammasart University. He will be the president of Thai Association of Landscape Architects from August 2019 to August 2021.

01 Kaomai Estate 1955
01 Kaomai Estate 1955

01 Kaomai Museum_Kaomai Estate 1955_Exte
01 Kaomai Museum_Kaomai Estate 1955_Exte

04 Kaomai Museum_Interior
04 Kaomai Museum_Interior

01 Kaomai Estate 1955
01 Kaomai Estate 1955


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