Tawatchai has extensive experience in landscape architecture both in Thailand and abroad. His practice has ranged from master plans to small garden designs. His design philosophy lies in art and culture and the environment from which they have emerged, and his approach to design methodology is to look first at natural processes. His belief in mixing the influences of culture and human behavior with natural process was first expressed in his Master of Landscape Architecture thesis, a study entitled “Wind as a Natural Process and Symbol: A Design Study of Northerly Island, Chicago”. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the Department of Landscape Architecture at Chulalongkorn University in 1993 and received his Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996. He returned to Chulalongkorn as a teacher from 1996 to 2000, then returned to the US to work for the architecture firm NBBJ in Columbus, Ohio, during 2000 and 2001, and moved to Dallas, Texas, to work for the SWA Group from 2001 to 2005. He then returned to Bangkok and is now managing director of LAB.
Boontarika Wannapin [Noon]
Boontarika graduated from Chulalongkorn University in 1997 and began work for a hospitality-based landscape-design firm in Bangkok. Later, she moved to Hong Kong and gathered international experience while working for a real estate design and urban planning firm. In this capacity she also gained experience in real estate development, as a project manager with responsibilities extending to both management and implementation. Boontarika launched the landscape firm Parkstore Co. Ltd. in 2006 and became a co-founder of LAB in 2010. Her present interests include tropical forests, cultural influences on landscapes and horticultural and natural aesthetics.
Touchapon Suntrajan [Josh]
Touchapon has been practicing landscape architecture at various scales in many parts of Asia and, in that time, has worked on many types of projects. After gaining a Bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Chulalongkorn University he developed a radical approach to design and theory in a postgraduate Diploma Course on Landscape Urbanism conducted by the Architectural Association School of Architecture. He was Managing Director of JPLA from 2006 to 2009 and co-founded LAB in the belief that it would provide a platform for a collaborative and research-based approach to design. In his projects, Touchapon always strives for a unique integrative design. He believes that sustainability and ecological succession lie at the heart of the landscape-design process.
Somkiet Chokvijitkul [Boyd]
Somkiet holds a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture II, with distinction, from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree with First Class honors from Chulalongkorn University. As well as sharing with his partners the responsibility for LAB’s design direction and professional practice since 2013, he is a visiting lecturer at Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Architecture. Somkiet’s passion for integrating the design and management processes in landscape architecture reinforces the collaborative environment within LAB. He has working experience as a landscape architect in many countries of Southeast Asia, Asia and North America. As well, he is interested in academic discourse in the field of landscape architecture.