Chronology of Vernacular Architecture Study in Thailand: a Significant Movement


  • อมฤต หมวดทอง Doctor of Philosophy Program in Vernacular Architecture Faculty of Architecture, Silpakorn University
  • สุพิชชา โตวิวิชญ์ Faculty of Architecture, Silpakorn University
  • อรศิริ ปาณินท์ Faculty of Architecture, Kasetsart University


Vernacular Architecture


Chronology of Vernacular Architecture Study in Thailand: a Significant Movement

Amarit Muadthong
Doctor of Philosophy Program in Vernacular Architecture, Faculty of Architecture ,Silpakorn University

Supitcha Tovivich
Faculty of Architecture ,Silpakorn University

Ornsiri Panin
Faculty of Architecture ,Kasetsart University

         This article aims at explaining the chronology of vernacular architecture study in Thailand through academic studies during 1939-2006 in order to signify the status of the knowledge and attitudes towards bodies of knowledge in Thailand and to compare with the international contexts. There are three categories of periodical development which are 1.) the beginning: exploration and collection of bodies of knowledge; 2.) further studies to development by comparing with international contexts and the derivation of “vernacular architecture”; and 3.) guidelines for further studies.

         When the studies were compared under international contexts, the adaptation was figured out, from only structural construction to its surroundings, along with interdisciplinary approaches, especially in terms of anthropology. There were also important aspects to be focused on. In other words, cultural landscapes, comprising ordinary ways of life and the architecture, were more focused. For further studies in the future, aspects about vernacular architecture need to relate to issues which vary through the changing world. In addition, theories, principles, and guidelines need to be revised with critical discourse analyses to cover all related aspects.


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หมวดทอง อ., โตวิวิชญ์ ส., & ปาณินท์ อ. (2019). Chronology of Vernacular Architecture Study in Thailand: a Significant Movement. NAJUA: Architecture, Design and Built Environment, 34(1), A1-A12. Retrieved from



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