Inviting The Gentle Smile of Existence

Full price: $67.00
Member: $50.00


Course outline
Course structure and materials
Length of course
CPD hours
Learning outcome
Competency standards

Course outline

From the National Architecture Conference 2018: Edge

Through a selection of his resort projects and his design of the Thailand Pavilion in the Venice Biennale Architectural Exhibition in 2014, 'Lek' Mathar Bunnag shares the significant factors that inform, influence and shape his work. People, nature, cultural heritage and cosmic forces are all keys to his work, as well as the concept of architecture as art - sculpture, painting, poetry, dance and music are all part of architecture. Discover Bunnag's interpretation of cultural heritage in relation to the individual and as a source of inspiration, not definition. Bunnag discusses how the intangible informs the tangible and the purpose of architecture - to provide serenity and joy.

AACA Competency: Design

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‘Lek’ Mathar Bunnag: Founder and Managing Director - Bunnag Architects, Thailand

‘Lek’ Mathar Bunnag was a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the National University of Singapore from 1984-1986 and was appointed Honorary Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Hong Kong from 1986-1988.

He has a long standing interest in South East Asian Art, Architecture and its Cultural Heritage and since 1988 has focused his practice in design which involves Cultural Heritage.

His resort creations around the world have received numerous accolades internationally.

In 2012 he was designated a National Artist of Thailand in the field of Architecture (Contemporary) and in 2014 he was commissioned to represent Thailand in the 14th International Architecture Exhibition at la Biennale di Venezia as Curator and Designer of the Thailand National Pavilion.

Course structure and materials

  • Audio-visual Flash presentation
  • Formal assessment

    Length of course

    1 hour

    Continuing professional development hours


    1 formal Continuing Professional Development (CPD) point.

    Learning outcome

    After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Discuss Lek Bunnag’s subtropical architecture of sensory engagement in light of his statement “I Wish I Could Invite the Gentle Smile of the Existence”
  • Explore the concept of cultural heritage of place; how the past affects individualism, creativity and freedom of architecture
  • Discuss his use of light, space, time and the horizon as Bunnag explores the relationship between serenity, beauty and art in architecture
  • Explain the concept of monumentality and how the intangible informs the tangible in Bunnag's architecture

    National Competency Standards in Architecture



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    Published on: 23/10/2018

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