About the Exhibitor
Message from the Guest Curator
How can we engage with architecture in this challenging time? Is architecture keeping pace with the rapidly changing world? What is architecture to our everyday lives…? Five architects have been invited from Asia to explore answers to these questions.
Asia, which has risen up time and again from conflict and chaos, is home to a robust vitality. It encompasses powerful ideas, various scales and speeds, and the strength to look out to the future in the face of crises and challenges. It is also a place of desire and a place where people intently aspire to the future without fear of loss.
This exhibition invites us to explore the relationship between nature, architecture, and the everyday by weaving together stories through picking up on the hints about the "Asian everyday" that each of the five architects present. The exhibits by Yang Zhao and Ling Hao provide us with first-hand lessons on their studies of nature and architecture. The exhibit by Vo Trong Nghia gives us an up-close look at architecture within nature. The exhibits by Chatpong Chuenrudeemol and Maki Onishi + Yuki Hyakuda recreate various feelings and impressions invoked by architecture and everyday life. These stories that unfold within the exhibition spaces are sure to make us aware of how diverse the relationships are between "the everyday", "nature", and "architecture"—the keywords from which distinctively Asian architectural experiences are woven together.
What we see in these architects is a hidden force that has the power to overturn existing landscapes and conventional methods of environmental construction. They conduct this destructive act with their subtle sensibilities, intellectual rigor, and sharp insight. The images that they present are of individuals pursuing not architecture of material quantity but architecture that can improve our quality of life. We suspect that this exhibition will awaken within us experiences of the "Asian Everyday" that we have all actually unconsciously experienced.
Erwin Viray / Guest Curator
Chatpong CHUENRUDEEMOL (Bangkok, Thailand)
Born in Bangkok, Thailand, in 1972. Lived in the United States with his family since when he was a child. Graduated from the Department of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1994 and received a master’s degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2000. Returned to Thailand in 2001. Co-directed Bangkok Architectural Research (b/A/R) from 2004 to 2012 (with Varoot Samalapa). Established CHAT architects in 2012. Selected as an Emerging Thai Architect of 2014 in 2014. Taught at the King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), Rangsit University, and Chulalongkorn University.
LING Hao (Singapore)
Born in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, in 1968. Received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of New South Wales (Australia) in 1992. Worked at Tangguanbee Architects in Singapore from 1993 to 1998. Directed Ham Architects from 1998 to 2000 (with KM Tan). Established Linghao Architects in 2000. Visiting associate professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design in 2015. Awards include Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Architectural Heritage Award (2007 and 2013), National Parks Board Skyrise Greenery Excellence Award (2013), and President’s Design Award (2013 and 2014).
VO Trong Nghia (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
Born in Quang Binh, Vietnam, in 1976. Graduated from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Nagoya Institute of Technology in 2002. Completed the master’s program of the Department of Civil Engineering in the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Engineering in 2004. Awarded the University of Tokyo President’s Award for Students in 2005 while in the university’s doctoral program. Established Vo Trong Nghia Architects (VTN) in 2006 and Wind and Water House JSC (wNw) in 2010 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Opened the VTN Hanoi Branch in 2011. Visiting professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design in 2015. Received numerous awards in and outside Vietnam, including the AR HOUSE AWARD (2014) and ARCASIA AWARD BUILDING OF THE YEAR (2014).
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Maki ONISHI + Yuki HYAKUDA (Tokyo, Japan)
Born in Aichi, Japan, in 1983. Graduated from the Undergraduate School of Architecture in the Kyoto University Faculty of Engineering in 2006. Completed the master’s program of the Department of Architecture in the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Engineering in 2008. Withdrew from the university’s doctoral program in 2011 after completing course requirements. Taught at Yokohama National University and Hosei University, among other places.
Born in Hyogo, Japan, in 1982. Graduated from the Undergraduate School of Architecture in the Kyoto University Faculty of Engineering in 2006. Completed the master’s program of the Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering in the Kyoto University Graduate School of Engineering in 2008. Worked at Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects from 2009 to 2014.
Co-directors of onishimaki+hyakudayuki architects/ o+h since 2008. Notable awards include the SD Review Kajima Award (2007), Shinkenchiku Award (2012), and SD Review Asakura Award (2012).
Yang ZHAO (Dali, China)
Born in Chongqing, China, in 1980. Established Zhaoyang Studio in 2007 after graduating from Tshinghua University in Beijing. Received a master’s degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2012 and founded Zhaoyang Architects in Dali, Yunnan, in the same year. Selected as the first Architectural Protégé of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative in 2012 and designed the Home-for-All in Kesennuma for victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake under the direction of Kazuyo Sejima. Awarded the WA Chinese Architecture Award (2010). Invited to lecture at Tshinghua University, Tongji University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Art Basel, and Geoffrey Bawa memorial lecture, among other places.