Series Lecture “Contemporary Architects in Thailand”

LANNA STYLE IN MY VISION. A Talk by Chulathat Kitibutr


Four Seasons Resort, Chiang Mai, designed in a Lanna style
– Image from Four Seasons Chiang Mai


Lanna Kingdom (13th to 18th century) was an ancient state dominating most of present-day Northern Thailand with Chiang Mai as its center, but with the rapid globalisation and the lack of urban planning, Chiang Mai today is slowly forgetting its once-vivid Lanna culture that used to be present in every corners of the city.

Acharn Chulathat Kitibutr, having grown up in one of Chiang Mai’s former ruling family,  remembers the old charm of Lanna well. He is one of the people who keeps Lanna culture alive, especially through his architectural works, in which he incorporates unique Lanna motifs and preserves the simplicity of the Lanna design. The beauty of Lanna architecture, according to Acharn Chulathat, is its modesty and its integration with nature.

Mr. Chulathat Kitibutr, founder of Chiang Mai Architect Collaborative (CAC) and lecturer at Faculty of Architecture, Chiang Mai University, is an architect who specialise in Lanna architecture style. Among his works is Four Seasons Resort in Mae Rim, Chiang Mai, one of the most famous modern Lanna-style architectures which inspired and helped shape Thai-style architectural design into what it is today. His goal is to restore  Chiang Mai city as well as preserve its diverse culture. Acharn Chulathat was awarded the title National Artist of Thailand under the category ‘Contemporary Architecture’ in 2004.

Date: Thursday, 13 December 2018
Time: 7.00 p.m.
Place: The Siam Society, 131 Asoke Montri Rd, Sukhumvit 21

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