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Feb 2, 2012

Nithi Sthapitanonda : A49 Group

Thai Architect Nithi Sthapitanonda
wins prestigious

international architecture award

By Jon Fernquest

June 03, 2008

The 60-year-old veteran architect
Nithi Sthapitanonda
joined the ranks ofthe world's finest architects recently
when he was elected
an Honorary Fellow of the American
Institute of Architects (AIA).

Worldwide only 13 Honorary Fellows
were named for 2008.Mr Nithi is the second Thai architect
to receive the award after
Sumeth Jumsai Na Ayudhaya
received the award in 2001.

The title Fellow of the American Institute of Architects
indicates that the architect is among thefinest architects
in the US and the world.

Non-architects who have madegreat contributions

to the field of architecture are alsorecipients of this award.
The award not only recognises the works of the architect,
the actual structures
designed by him or her,but as

Mr. Nitthi
explains:"It consid
ers whatwe've
contributed to the architectural society

including architectural designs,teachings
and writings.
It also considers how you spend your life."
"Thais in the past did not share their work

when they created things, probably
because they did not want their work to be copied.
Many destroyed their designs
when they completed the work.
Don't forget, we also copy others' work.

Copying is part of the development of the professional,

I think, and builds competition.

You should change your mind."

The work that finally clinched him the award

was hismore small-scale work such as the house
he has designed as well as his writings on

Two designs stood out from the
the Rimtai Saitarn housing
resort in Chiang Mai
and Wat Pa

His work on northern

Thai Lanna architecture

was judged interesting and

new by the peers
who selected him.

Mr. Nithi is also known for the way he incorporates nature
and the environment into his work.
Mr. Nithi is the chairman of the
architectural firm 49 Group.

In 2002 he was awarded Thailand's highest
award for peopleworking in the arts, the prestigious
title of National Artist.

Mr. Nithi
has designed ever
y type of structure from
office buildings to small cottages.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs building is one of

his most famous buidlings.
he is designing a new 5 billion baht 35-rai

Thailand Cultural Centre with a art museum
of modern art
and theatre.

He also plans to publish two books this year:
House Design by
Thai Architects,
with details of 11 designs from 11 architects
and a book on resorts and spas.

Mr. Nithi's wife, Assoc. Prof. Lersom, is also

an architectand Dean of the Faculty of Architecture
at Chulalongkorn University.

In order to be considered for the FAIA title,
an architect must submit a portfolio of works.

Mr Nithi
made three attempts.
In his first attempt in 2004,

he submitted his portfolio of high-rise office buildings.
In his second attempt, he was supported by an American
professor W.H. Raymond Yeh,
a former dean of Architecture
at the University of Hawaii,
and applied together with his wife,

as some architect couples from
and Korea had done in the past.

Nithi Sthapitanonda hopes that other Thai architects
will follow in his footsteps and and strive to

become AIA fellows also.

Even though an architect only becomes a Fellow later

in his or her carreer,the criteria used
for selection are good to keep

in mind when oneis starting a career,

or any design field, for that matter.

They run as follows:Architects are selected as

Fellows for outstanding contributions in design excellence,

education, or by their contributions to the profession

according to the following categories of nomination:

• To promote the aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency

of the profession;

• To advance the science and art of planning andbuilding

by advancing the standards of architecture education,training,

and practice;

• To coordinate the building industry and the profession

of architecture;

• To ensure the advancement of the living standards

of people through their improved environment;

• To make the profession of ever-increasing

service to society.(Source:


American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- the professional organization

for architects in the United States, established in 1857

and located in Washington, D.C.

Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA)

these four letters are attached after the name of the

recipient of the award, the award indicates that the

architect is among the finest architects in the US and the world,

non-architects who have made great contributions to the field

of architecture are also recipients of this award

a veteran
- someone who has been involved in an activity

for a long time ผู้มีประสบการณ์

joined the ranks of
- become a member of a group of people ขึ้นทำเนียบ

a field
- a subject of study or activity (for example, the field of medicine)


- the activity of designing and constructing buildings,

houses, and other structures สถาปัตยกรรม

- people who receive something (for example, a reward,

recipients of the award) ผู้ได้รับรางวัล

recognises the works of the architect
- show appreciation of the works

งานที่ได้รับรางวัล หรืองานที่ได้รับการกล่าวถึง

a structure
- a building or house, something that is built โครงสร้าง (อาคาร)

a profession
- a type of job requiring advanced training and education อาชีพ

a professional
- a person who is a member of a profession มืออาชีพ

- win or get something good (for example, the football team

clinched a spot in the playoffs) ทำให้ได้รับรางวัล

stood out from the rest
- his achievements made him very different from

the rest เด่นกว่าผู้อื่น

- people with the same age, job, or status as you


- includes รวม

National Artist
- the highest title given to artists in Thailand ศิลปินแห่งชาติ

high-rise office buildings
- very tall office buildings

(usually downtown in a city) ตึกระฟ้า

- small houses กระท่อม

dean of the Faculty
- in charge of studies in a subject at a university คณบดี

submit a portfolio of works
- provide documents that

describe your work (pictures, photos, plans,
written descriptions, models) ยื่นเอกสาร / รายละเอียดงานที่ทำ

follow in his footsteps
- follow his example in your own career ตามรอย

- try hard to achieve พยายามอย่างหนัก

a criterion
- something evaluated (a factor) to make a decision

or judgement บรรทัดฐาน

criteria used for selection
- all the different factors

used in selecting มาตรฐานในการคัดสรร

keep in mind
- remember (as an important fact

when dealing with something) ระลึก จำได้

a design field
- design has many fields such as product design,

fashion design, interior design, etc. การออกแบบผลิตภัณฑ์ต่างๆ

Posted by Jon Fernquest at 06:00 AM

Bangkok Airways Cargo
Facility at the New Bangkok
International Airport

Location: Bangkok

Bangkok Airways

Architect: Architects 49 Limited

Meinhardt were commissioned to
provide structural engineering design
of the Worldwide Flight Service/Bangkok Airways Cargo
at the new Bangkok International Airport.

The total construction area of the Cargo Terminal is 56,000 m2,

including 17,000m2 as express cargo.

The cargo terminal has an initial design capacity

to handle approximately 350,000 tons of air cargo per year,

with future expansion plans

over an additional 27,000 square meters.

This will give WFS an overall cargo handling capacity

of approximately 600,000 tons per annum.