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 The Liquid Mandala. Art Brut in the Urban Interstices of Bangkok. Revista RITA (Approved) TBD.

  2. 2023 The Thai ‘Shophouse’: a Hybrid, Urban, and Contemporary Typology. Revista ACE (Approved) TBD.

  3. 2022 White Palaces over Rice Crops. New Formalism in Thai Corporate Architecture. Cuaderno de Notas, 23: 72-87.

  4. 2022 Arte, informalidad y ciudad en el Hanói contemporáneo. Revista Europea de Investigación en Arquitectura, 20: 159-76.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 2022 Domestic Space Appropriations In Socialist Housing: A Look At The Soviet Union And Vietnam. En Blanco. Revista de arquitectura, 32: 130-42.

  9. 2020 The Death and Life of Hong Kong Illegal Facades. Arena Journal of Architecture Research 5, 1.

  10. 2019 Chuồng Cọp (Vietnam). Global Informality Project.

  11. 2019 Beautiful Jailing: Tales of Extreme Urban Design In Hong Kong and Macau. Bangkok: Project 189 Bangkok.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 1999 Paz Marcos, Manuel, y Francisco Garcia Moro. Cálculo Proposicional. Editado por Manuel Paz Marcos, 2nd ed. Salamanca: Editorial Plaza.

  15. 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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