Paco Garcia Moro

About me

This is Paco. I am a Spanish architect from Salamanca. I have been based in Thailand since 2014.

Professional practice

I enjoy a privileged life, being fortunate to build unique projects such as St Xavier's Oratory near the border between Thailand and Myanmar.

St Xavier Oratory in Umphang

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I am writing my PhD at UPM about informal construction practices in Southeast Asia under affiliation of the National Research Council of Thailand. Before, I lectured at the universities of Chulalongkorn, Thammasat and Stamford in Bangkok.

While I was a student, I part-timed at renown offices such as Gazapo&Lapayese in Madrid, Menis Arquitectos in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and ATeliers ARchiTecture in Macau. I took part in singular projects: Pradoviejo Public Housing in Logroño and the Park of Gavia in Madrid, by Pritzker prize Toyo Ito; the Museum of Sacred Art and Plaza de España in Adeje, Tenerife; the exhibition design for the 25th Anniversary of the Madrid Housing Authority, and many others.


I graduated at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) in 2010, after attending schools such as the University of Hong Kong, the Vastu-Silpa Foundation in Ahmedabad, the Institute of European Studies of Macau and the University of São Paulo. In 2008, I received the Spanish-Chinese Cooperation Program Scholarship by David Del Val Foundation, followed by the EMECW Grant by the European Commission in 2010. In 2018 I was awarded a Seed Grant by Design Trust Hong Kong Foundation in order to conduct research about urbanism in the Pearl River Delta Region.


  1. 2023 El Antropoceno y El Ocaso Del Sueño Paramétrico. Revista de Arquitectura 28, no. 44 (2023): 118–133.

  2. 2023 The Thai ‘Shophouse’: a Hybrid, Urban, and Contemporary Typology. Architecture, City and Environment 18, no. 52 (2023): 1–20.

  3. 2023 The Liquid Mandala. Art Brut in the Urban Interstices of Bangkok. Revista RITA. Revista Indexada de Textos Académicos 03, no. 19 (2023): 52–69.

  4. 2022 White Palaces over Rice Crops. New Formalism in Thai Corporate Architecture. Cuaderno de Notas, 23: 72-87.

  5. 2022 Arte, informalidad y ciudad en el Hanói contemporáneo. Revista Europea de Investigación en Arquitectura, 20: 159-76.

  6. 2022 Wood architecture in the border towns of Thailand and Myanmar. A study of vernacular construction practices in Umphang district. En Buildings and Borders in Asia, 17th to 20th Centuries - 2022 Graduate Symposium. Hong Kong: The University of Hong Kong.

  7. 2022 Stone Carving for the Rising Sun: A History of the Japanese Replicas of the Salamancan University Façade and New Cathedral Nativity Portal. Journal of Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism 3: 325-37.

  8. 2022 Bosques de Umphang - Arquitectura vernácula de madera en la frontera entre Tailandia y Myanmar. In Oficio y tradición en el momento actual. Madrid: Centro de Investigación de Arquitectura Tradicional.

  9. 2022 Domestic Space Appropriations In Socialist Housing: A Look At The Soviet Union And Vietnam. En Blanco. Revista de arquitectura, 32: 130-42.

  10. 2020 The Death and Life of Hong Kong Illegal Facades. Arena Journal of Architecture Research 5, 1.

  11. 2019 Chuồng Cọp (Vietnam). Global Informality Project.

  12. 2019 Beautiful Jailing: Tales of Extreme Urban Design In Hong Kong and Macau. Bangkok: Project 189 Bangkok.

  13. 2016 Rule and Form of the Illegal Façades of Southeast Asian Streets. En Crossroads: Asian Streets in the Streets in the Dynamics of Change. GASS2016 Great Asian Streets Symposium, editado por Heng Chye Kiang y Zhang Ye, 157-62. Singapore.

  14. 2004 Casas, Ignacio de las. Ilustrations by Paco Garcia Moro et al. Lugares de Soria, Vinuesa, Salduero y Molinos de Duero. Soria: Colegio de Arquitectos de Soria.

  15. 1999 Paz Marcos, Manuel, y Francisco Garcia Moro. Cálculo Proposicional. Editado por Manuel Paz Marcos, 2nd ed. Salamanca: Editorial Plaza.

  16. 1996 La Aventura de Luciano en el Casiopea. En II Certamen de Cuentos para Jóvenes. Salamanca: Junta de Castilla y León.


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