Framing my dip pen drawings

During last years I have accumulated dozens of dip pen drawings that I would like to exhibit someday —some of them are quite nice, to be honest— and I though about getting some picture frames and start experimenting with displays. However, nearly all frames I’ve seen in malls and photo shops of Thailand are beyond …

Published: “White Palaces over Rice Fields”

Here is my article “White Palaces over Rice Fields” about 1970s corporate architecture in Thailand. With the rise of Thai Farmer´s Bank (today Kasikorn), new and modern bank branches were built in every provincial town. While resembling the bank’s logo —a rice plant—, these buildings also looked half-way Gothic and were, after the spires of …

A Tale of Salamanca Carvers at the Rising Sun

We just received a printed copy of “Stone Carving for the Rising Sun: A History of the Japanese Replicas of the Salamancan University Façade and New Cathedral Nativity Portal“, an article I’ve written about a very singular project in which my dad took part. During the mid-90s, the Plateresque buildings in my hometown were reproduced …

Birdcages in Soviet Estates

Another stunning research paper. In July 2019 we had chance to visit 17 of the old KTT neighbourhoods in Hanoi. The KTT were socialist apartments built with prefabrication techniques introduced by Soviet and North Korean advisors (NK was quite good at it) that evoke the classic USSR khrushchevka apartments. However, after the 90s reforms, a …

“The Liquid Mandala” published by RITA

Now published “The Liquid Mandala”. Sametr Pattanapornchai, —known by the Thai media as the “mad professor”— used to fill the streets of Bangkok with mysterious hieroglyphs. Probably victim of some obsessive-compulsive disorder, Sametr was a homeless person at drift through the underground spaces of the Big Mango capital. His characteristic graffiti merged vaguely technical diagrams …

“The Thai Shophouse: a Bastard Typology” at ACE Journal

The “hongthaew”, the Siamese shophouse, is the most iconic architecture typology of modern Thailand. It is an extremely versatile and robust design that has survived two hundred years of urban transformations. The “hongthaew” is a mixed-breed dog, an architectural nomad, a born survivor that originated in South China and was travelled to Siam via British …

St Xavier´s in StirWorld Magazine

My interview about the traditional Karen carpentry of St Xavier’s Oratory in Umphang has just been publiched at STIR. Very grateful to Jincy Lype for reflecting my ideas about the place of traditional crafts in the contemporary world. https://www.stirworld.com/see-features-the-organic-oratory-of-st-francis-xavier-in-thailand-raises-its-cross-up-to-the-skies

Got my Ph.D. Thanks.

Last Tuesday I passed the Final Jury of my doctoral dissertation about urbanism and contemporary art in Southeast Asian Cities at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. The jury was presided by architect Jose Luis Penelas and counted with the assistance of Dr Satanan Channowana, who travelled from Bangkok to Madrid for the occasion. Very grateful to …

Opening of new dormitory for Myanmar refugee children

Last week I was back in Mae Khlong Mae, a village in Umphang district, for the opening of the new dormitory for Karen children run by the Xaverian Mission in Thailand. Not a “flagship” publishable project, but a very pleasant improvement of the living conditions of the many children fleeing from the war in Myanmar. …