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Boonserm Premthada.
Boonserm Premthada.

Boonserm Premthada Wins Royal Academy Dorfman Award for Architecture

Thai architect Boonserm Premthada of Bangkok Project Studio has won the $13,000 Royal Academy Dorfman Award for Architecture, granted by London’s Royal Academy of Arts.

Premthada’s Bangkok Project Studio was founded in 2003 and focuses on craft in architecture, native construction materials, andlocal craftspeople’s traditional production methods. Its projects include the Wine Ayutthaya in Ayutthaya province, Thailand; the Katana Film and Animation Institute, Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand; and Elephant World, Surin province, Thailand.

Alan Stanton, chair of the jury, noted being “knocked back by Boonserm Premthada’s particularly unique projects, which demonstrate an extraordinary empathy, originality, and poetic qualities” and an “inimitable approach to the challenges of urban environments.”

Premthada was selected from a shortlist comprising Mexico-based Fernanda Canales of the eponymous architecture firm; Alice Casey and Cian Deegan of the Ireland-based firm TAKA Architects; and  Mariam Kamara of the Niger-based atelier masōmī.

The jury members were Louisa Hutton, cofounder of Berlin­-based architecture firm Sauerbruch Hutton; artist and academic Phyllida Barlow; Richard Burdett, professor at the London School of Economics; journalist and BBC television presenter Kirsty Wark; and architect, academic, and novelist Lesley Lokko.