Chuta Sinthuphan

Creative Economy Agency


Forum Speaker

Finding Creativity: the Isan Creative Festival and Isan Rice Flavors Project

Chutayaves Sinthuphan is an architect/educator based in Bangkok, Thailand. He was trained at Yale University, New York Institute of Technology, Columbia University and New York University.

As an architect, he is a founder of several award-winning design practices and social-based organizations such as Site-Specific : Architecture & Research, Design for Disasters, FabCafe Bangkok, and Natural Architecture Trust for Urban and Rural Ecologies (N.A.T.U.R.E.) His research lead approaches allow him to work on projects that are not normally associated with the field of architecture. His works and experiments have been recognized by many international media and architecture communities.

Chutayaves has taught architecture since 2000, though no longer teaching full-time. He was an associate professor at New York Institute of Technology and an adjunct faculty Thammasat Design School and a faculty member at Chulalongkorn University. He has also taught at various universities such as Yale University, Columbia University, Pratt Institute, and Parsons School of Design. He currently holds four faculty memberships in the Netherlands and Thailand.

Currently, he is the Director of Creative Economy Agency overseeing North Eastern Region of Thailand. His Design Thinking approaches led home to develop many projects including Isan Creative Festival, Mudmee Silk Hack, and notably the Lunch & Learn project which focuses on using design and creativity to make improvements to the public school lunch program. Lunch & Learn is now being adopted nationwide improving the lives of millions of students in Thailand.