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Tonkao Panin

Tonkao Panin

Research Studio Panin


SESSION:

  Basic Elements

DATE: 05 MAY 2024 | TIME: 14.00 - 15.00












Basic Elements 


The lecture intends to explore the tasks of architectural elements to shape and reshape the identities of both architecture and place. How architecture as it appears in direct experience, be it in its immediacy as a spatial construct or in its remoteness as an image, gives us references and clues to the work of architecture itself and of larger social, cultural and natural framework of its location.  This two-way movement towards an inner and outer horizon endows architectural elements with the capacity to generate meaning – or ideology and locates them in the crucial juncture by which they seem capable of transcending their own immediate tasks in many possible directions.   


 

ABOUT SPEAKER



Tonkao Panin is the founding principal of Research Studio Panin, an architectural design firm based in Bangkok.  Founded in 2009, Research Studio Panin has been working on architectural projects of various scales and scopes, both design and research.  Tonkao graduated from Silpakorn University, Thailand, and received master’s degrees from the University of Houston and the University of Pennsylvania as well as a Ph.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania.  Tonkao is also a Professor of Architecture at Silpakorn University, where she has taught since 2004.  She has published numerous books on architectural theory, inquiring into the meaning and interpretation of basic elements of architecture. Her research focuses on the notion of Modernity and its continued relevance today. Tonkao has been endowed the prestigious Silpathorn Award, an honor for Thai contemporary artists presented by the Ministry of Culture of Thailand in 2021.  Both design and academic, her works are ongoing attempts to explore a close relationship between theory and practice in architecture.  


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