Architect’ 16: “ASA Back to Basic”

Architect’ 16: “ASA Back to Basic”


The Architect’ 16: “ASA Back to Basic” expo aims to introduce identity and excellence in design for Thai architects, and will feature achievements in architecture, innovation and technology. In addition, the expo will have international seminars and services for members and the general public, including displays of materials and products related to architecture, interior design and construction.


If architecture is aimed at orienting human existence, the function of architectural thinking is to orient architecture. Thinking in this sense is a matter of questioning basic premises in architectural practices, whether it's art, aesthetic, cultural, social, political or symbolic communication. Basic architectural thinking can be approached from various points of view. For example, one can assume and argue for architecture’s autonomy: that its form and geometry can be understood in their own right, as the testimony of a designer’s invention. Architecture is approached as the subject matter of aesthetic delight not unlike the way we perceive art. On the other hand, one can disavow the supposed autonomy. At any rate, architecture is intertwined with culture and society. Therefore, we may view architecture from a similar approach to our perception of political context. Based on this notion, architecture is not an autonomous discipline but one that is fully engaged in many aspects of life. Between the two basic architectural approaches, there are various ways of thinking that have shaped the way architects see buildings. Our goal is to introduce some of the most important of these basic premises and to show how architecture can be interpreted in a variety of ways. Accordingly, we aim to introduce basic ideas and principles that have been of continuing relevance to the concerns in architectural design today.

These “basics” have provided frameworks of discourse for architectural thinking. Our task is to present different approaches through architectural practices that have helped shape the history of our discipline. It is our hope that, amidst the global complexity, rethinking the basics will provide both a platform for debate about the various approaches to design, while magnifying the importance of things around us that may otherwise be overlooked. These basics are both near and far from us. They concurrently live in physical forms and in our imagination. These basic approaches have come into existence since the faraway past. Yet, they are present in that they stand in front of us as partial answers to questions we ask ourselves in the future.

2016 Major Exhibitions and Activities

1.1 Conservation
The exhibition features memorable stories of the old days, wth small exhibitions displaying snapshots of buildings that should be preserved, the Best in Architectural Conservation 2015, the exhibit by Thai Tradition Committee and the brilliant display by Conservation Network.
1.2 Vernadoc
The exhibition walks through the tales of old communities and vintage buildings to create awareness among the residents and people involved of the importance to help preserve and develop historic communities. The effort focuses on the collaboration among academic circle, local administrative bodies, the government and private sector, residents in the community and networks of people sharing their interest in history.

2.1 Basic of the Present
The exhibition is a narrative about architecture in the present day, as illustrated by concepts and the physical appearance of the buildings by presenting the award-winning masterpieces selected by ASA.

2.2 Photo Essay
Illuminating architectural narratives through photographic lens, the exhibition presents various dimensions of architecture that we may not notice in our everyday life, including stories of the relationship between architecture and our way of life in the present social and cultural environment.

2.3 Community Architect
Learn to appreciate the appeal of exquisite designs by engaging with community architects and the new generation in the past year through collaboration with educational institutions, government agencies and professional architectural groups.

2.4 Best Architecture’16
Present the excellence in architectural design with brilliant architecture awards, selected by ASA in 2016.

2.5 Universal Design
Present the equal cohabitation concept to create a new perspective to the building design. The exhibition demonstrates that everyone can live together without discrimination, whether they are children, seniors, people with disability and the general public.

3.1 Basic of the Future
The exhibition reflects the perspectives that we have on architecture and the city in the future by gathering ideas from people in design industry and various forms of creativity to present their visions to the future through a variety of media.

3.2 Future of the River
The exhibition tells the history, the background, the significance and the meaning of the Chao Phraya River to the way of life of people in the city as well as the desirable architectural development guidelines. The landscape architecture and surrounding buildings are intertwined with the River and the new generation with strong interest and determination are relentlessly working to find ways to develop the architecture of the River.

3.3 Basic Bangkok Bike Network
The exhibition shows plans and projects of the bicycle networks in Bangkok which relate to the growth and development of the city as well as the urban lifestyle and metropolitan culture.

3.4 Future City Lab
The event presents the stories of city of the future from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

4.1 100 Selected Project 2016
The main exhibition presents the potential of Thai architects to show the overall picture and identity of Thai architects nationwide to boost the dynamic momentum of Siamese architectural circle.

4.2 ASA International Design Competition
The exhibition features the international design contest titled ASA International Design Competition under the topic “What is the new basics?”

4.3 Educational Institution Exhibitions
The exhibition is aimed at showing the masterpieces of architectural students and various educational institutions to elevate the excellence of students in many fields.

4.4 Exhibition of related professional associations

4.5 Exhibition of international associations
4.6 Energy Plus Design Competition Exhibition


- ASA Club: Meeting Point area and regular leisure corner of ASA people
- ASA Shop: Book and gift shops
- Book Shop Retail space for book shops from educational institutions and architectural agencies
- ASA home-building advisor: Counselling service for the general public about home and building construction by ASA architectural volunteers.
- Activity space: Area for various activities
- ASA NIGHT: Party for ASA members and alumni from every institution


ASA Forum 2016: Academic seminar titled ASA Seminar and ASA International Forum by local and international designers and architectural experts from Friday, April 29, 2016 at Jupiter Room and Saturday, April 30, 2016 and Sunday, May 1, 2016 at Phoenix Room at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani.

Friday, April 29, 2016 | ASA Seminar
Session 1: Back to Counting Numbers: How to calculate professional service in Man-Hour
Speaker: Dr. Ponn Virulrak
Friday, April 29, 2016, 10.00 – 12.00 @Jupiter Room

Session 2: Future of the River
Speaker: Friends of the River Group
Friday, April 29, 2016, 13.00 – 15:00 @Jupiter Room

Session 3: Principle of House Design
Speaker: TBA
Friday, April 29, 2016, 16.00 – 18:00 @Jupiter Room

Saturday, April 30, 2016 | ASA International Forum
Session 1: SANAA | Kazuyo Seijima and Ryue Nishizawa
Saturday, April 30, 2016, 10:30 – 12:00 @Phoenix Room

Session 2: Langarita Navarro Arquiitectos | Maria Langarita and Victor Navarro
Saturday, April 30, 2016, 13:00 – 14:30 @Phoenix Room

Session 3: Lacaton & Vassal Architects | Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal
Saturday, April 30, 2016, 15:00 – 16:30 @Phoenix Room

Sunday, May 1, 2016 | ASA Seminar
Session 1: Determined by Nithi Sthapitanonda
Speaker: Khun Nithi Sthapitanonda

Session 2: Parliamentary design-Architectural Parliament
Speaker: สงบ ๑๐๕๑ (Sa Ngob 1051)

For more further information please contact:
Vilasini Ghoshachandra
Email :
Tel. 081-7342756
Facebook : ASAArchitectExposition

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