Sunday, 19th November 2017,8:57:05pm

My Heritage Protection Journey under ASA Architectural Conservation Committee

Date: 4th November 2017
Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm
Venue: MKH Lecture Room, Level 2, Wisma REHDA, No 2, Jalan SS 5d/6, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Speakers' biography

Born in Bangkok in 1961, Pongkwan Lassus is an architect graduated from the faculty of Architecture, Silpapkorn University in 1984. In 1985 went to Paris, France to continue the study in architecture and got the diploma D.P.L.G from Ecole d’Architecture Paris Villemin in 1989. During the study in Paris, has worked in atelier Bernard Lassus. Getting married with French architect “Antoine Lassus” They established an architectural studio called “Neovista” in Paris in 1989. Realized 2 significant projects in Paris :

  1. 1989-90 The head quarter of Thai Airways International on Avenue des Champs Elysées: The unique Modern Thai Pavillon mixing the Traditional Thai identity with the modern construction technology

  2. 1991-93 The restoration of Royal Thai Ambassador Residence in Paris: bringing back the spirit of Louis 16th style to the originality of the residence Back in Thailand end of 1994 and establish a small architectural firm called “Neovista International co.,ltd” in Bangkok exercising Architectural and Interior design consultant until present.

In 2002, joined the ASA Architectural Conservation committee and became 2 times chairwoman of the committee and vice president of ASA (2006-2008, 2012-2014) Created the network of Architectural Conservation and worked closely with and within other organization in Thai Conservation society such as Icomos Thailand Association, The Siam Society, Society of Conservation and Natural Treasure and Environment, Docomomo, Senate committee of Religious and Culture etc. in order to reinforce the Heritage protection in Thailand.

Recently in June 2017, become Head of The Urban Heritage Center under the Association of Siamese Architects Under Royal Patronage (ASA)


Synopsis

My Heritage Protection Journey under ASA Architectural Conservation Committee

For a century, Thailand has been influenced by the forces of modernization and globalization. Unfortunately, the drive for economic growth has degraded cultural heritage and devalued community life.In 1968, architects, scholars, and people concerned about architectural conservation gathered together under ” The Academic Committee: The Fine Arts Commission”, the first in Thai history, was thus established as a body working under the Association of Siamese Architects under the Royal Patronage.The name of the Committee was changed to “ The Architectural Conservation Committee” following the change of the ASA ’s administration structure. But there’re still be volunteer architects who work continuously to serve the Nation as a Heritage Conservation body.

I’ve joined the committee in 2002 and have served the Thai heritage conservation society since then. In 2008 I have a chance to organize a big event to celebrate the 40 years of ASA Architectural Conservation Committee. I’ve learned a lot about what the past generation architects have done to protect our heritage. In this same occasion, as chairwoman of the committee, I have supported new generation of conservationist architects to initiate many significant conservation projects in Thailand such as VERNADOC workshop, old community conservation etc.

Recently in June 2017, ASA reconsider it’s essential role to Thai Heritage Conservation by establishing “The Urban Heritage Center” under the Office of Academic Affairs following my proposal in 2016. It will be in charge of Architectural and Architectural Heritage Inventory, knowledge management and give academic support to the ASA Architectural Conservation Committee which will celebrate it’s 50 years anniversary in 2018.

Pongkwan Lassus
Head of Urban Heritage Center
Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage (ASA)
20/06/17

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