Capacity Building for Social Architects and Participatory Design in Thai Context

  • สุปรียา หวังพัชรพล คณะสถาปัตยกรรมศาสตร์ มหาวิทยาลัยเกษตรศาสตร์


Capacity Building for Social Architects and Participatory Design in Thai Context

Supreeya Wungpatcharapon
Faculty of Architecture, Kasetsart University

         This paper investigated the social architects and participatory design practices in the context of Thailand through literature review, and in-depth interviews with four groups of social architects, which are; CASE Studio, Jai-Baan Architects Studio, Openspace & Tar-Saeng Studio, and architects from Community Organizations Development Institute (CODI). The knowledge, skills and attitudes, as well as potentials and obstacles found in the work of social architects at the individual and organizational level were examined. The study aimed at highlighting how to build capacity to the social architects working with participatory design processes, which considered not only as a challenge but also a potential to extend the boundary of architectural practices. The finding indicated that over the past decades, the scope of works of social architects and participatory design has grown from the initial focus on housing for low-income communities to more diverse forms of work, ranging from local planning, the conservation and rehabilitation of historical community, design for all, to the development of urban public spaces. Additionally, the study suggested that building capacity for social architects and participatory design approach required integrated factors at three levels. At the individual level, social architects needed skills of conducting basic research, management, and more importantly, a respect to diverse opinions. At the inter-personal level, emphasis is placed on coordination and knowledge management. Finally, at the organizational level, flexibility in the management of the organization, exchanges of knowledge amongst the network, promoting and advancing the works of social architects towards sustainable profession opportunities, as well as a broader public communication are essential to empowering the social architects.


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หวังพัชรพลส. (2018). Capacity Building for Social Architects and Participatory Design in Thai Context. NAJUA: Architecture, Design and Built Environment, 33, G3-G18. Retrieved from
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