KULAPAT YANTRASAST:

DESIGN AS ECOLOGY

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Thursday, February 8 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Asian Architecture Today lecture series kicks of the 2018 season with Kulapat Yantrasast founder and creative director of wHY, the firm behind the Asian Art Museum’s upcoming transformation project. In this lecture, he will discuss his practice, design philosophy, collaborations with artists and a few key projects including the Ross Pavilion and Gardens in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Born in Bangkok, Thailand, where he graduated with honors from Chulalongkorn University, Kulapat Yantrasast received both his M.Arch. and Ph.D. degrees in architecture from the University of Tokyo. Upon graduating, Yantrasast worked in Japan as Tadao Ando’s close associate for more than seven years. In 2012, he was named one of the art world’s 100 Most Powerful People; in 2009, Yantrasast was the first architect to receive the Silpathorn Award for Design from Thailand’s Ministry of Culture. He is a frequent public speaker at leading institutions and organizations and has served since 2005 on the Artists’ Committee of the Americans for the Arts, the oldest organization for the support of the arts in the United States. In 2015, Yantrasast was appointed a board member of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, and he is an active member of the Design Council for Collective Design.

About the Series
The Asian Art Museum and California College of the Arts present a series of lectures by leading figures shaping architecture today. Through this collaboration, the series hosts a combination of distinguished architects from Asia as well as North American practitioners active in Asia to provide a common framework for deepening knowledge of and interest in contemporary Asian architecture.