Pacharapan and Varat Architects
PAVA architects is an interdisciplinary practice in architecture studio, based in Bangkok. PAVA is founded by Pacharapan Ratananakorn and Varat Limwibul. We practice cross-disciplinary boundaries and conduct research to bridge the gap between architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture and urban design disciplines.
PAVA considers architecture as a process and system rather than a singularity and sublime. From our perspective, what architecture “does” is more important than what architecture “is” or “means”. It is our belief that the critical practice in architecture needs to represent a multi-dimensions of context not only form, space and order of architecture but also reflect the invisible layers of economics, politics, culture and the environment.
PAVA have been recognized in design awards both internationally and locally. The Kaomai Estate 1955, master plan and museum project, was awarded UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards 2018 for Cultural Heritage Conservation in ‘New Design in Heritage Contexts’ category. This project was also awarded as Mark Winner, Golden Pin Design Award 2018 in Spatial Design category (Recreational and Entertainment Space). The Guggenheim Helsinki design proposal 2014 was elected to be credited participating Architect with ASWA by The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. ASA Lanna Headquarters of Northern Thai Architects competition 2014 was awarded second prize by Association of Northern Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage.
Pacharapan founded PAVA architects with Varat in 2018. She worked with Architeckidd co.,ltd. as a licensed architect and interior architect in Thailand. She was awarded the Gold, Regional Holcim Asia Pacific Awards 2014, and Finalist, Global Holcim Awards 2014 for the Protective Wing project (Bird Sanctuary) with Architectkidd by Lafarge Holcim Foundation, Zurich. She is a guest critic and instructor for architecture, interior architecture and urban design programs in various universities including Arsom Silp Institute of Arts, Bangkok University, Thammasat University and Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok Thailand. Pacharapan holds the Bachelor of Architecture degree in Interior Architecture with 2nd Class Honors 2012 from Chulalongkorn University and the Master of Advanced Studies in Urban Design 2017 from ETH Zurich.
Varat has past experience with Architects 49 Limited in Bangkok, Bjarke Ingels Group in New York and work as a registered architect under Architect Council of Thailand. He is a guest critic and instructor for architecture and landscape architecture programs at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok Thailand. Varat worked with the professors at Harvard GSD for Practices of Landscape Architecture and Landscape Core Studio as a teaching assistance. He worked with the Chula Unisearch supporting Thai Red Cross Society both architectural and landscape designs. Varat is a graduate Bachelor of Architecture with 1st Class Honors 2012 from Chulalongkorn University and holds the degree of Master in Landscape Architecture with Distinction 2019 from Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.