Hung And Songkittipakdee

HAS design and research is an architecture studio established in Bangkok and Shanghai.

Hung And Songkittipakdee (HAS) explores Asia’s architectural language through a “design + research” parallel approach; it emphasizes the analogy of nature and man-made nature, looking for another kind of new natural architecture through the city’s own derivatives, named “The Improvised, MANufAcTURE and Chameleon Architecture”. HAS work encompassing cultural buildings, religious architecture, installation art, exhibition design and experimental projects; and HAS research includes the train and railway markets, the charming roadside vendors, the borderless illegal constructions under the elevated freeways, and the roundabouts of dead alleys. These interesting scenes typically exist in Asian cities, where temporary construction truly reveals how people can find a “new” nature in the reinforced concrete city.

HAS developed an international reputation through winning competition entries, and their work stands out in terms of its synthesis of form, pattern, material and technology into singular, irreducible constructions. They have been widely recognized for their innovative work and received awards and honors include Wallpaper* Architects’ Directory 2022, Thailand Prestige Award 2021, Designer of the Year Award 2019, Design Star Award 2018, Distinguished Alumni Award 2016, WA Award 2014, art4d Design Award 2012, National Golden Award for Architecture 2011.

Jenchieh Hung started his career, working at the Japanese firm – Kengo Kuma & Associates (KKAA), where he became design manager and project in-charge in 2018. During his tenure at KKAA, Hung was responsible for Yangcheng Lake Tourist Transportation Center in Suzhou and Shipyard 1862 in Shanghai. At present, Jenchieh Hung co-founded HAS design and research with Kulthida Songkittipakdee, an internationally recognized architectural design practice firm. In his practice, he wields architecture as a way to create emotional space and historical experiences between the past and future, and he has shown dexterity and sensitivity in his elegant use of material while bringing sincere attention to local socioeconomic and global ecological issues. Hung is also Founder of Chinese-Thai Research Studio and Committee of the Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage (ASA), he received a Bachelor of Architecture and Urban Planning with 1st Honor Award from Chung Hua University, Master of Architecture with the Best Research Paper Award from National Cheng Kung University, and a full scholarship for the advanced master’s program at Czech Technical University in Prague.

Kulthida Songkittipakdee is a registered Thai architect. She was the first Asian architect among thousand applications around the world to be awarded the scholarship of Renzo Piano Foundation working at Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) in Paris. During her tenure at RPBW, she was involved in Jerome L. Greene Science Center, Columbia University and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Expansion. At present, Kulthida Songkittipakdee co-founded HAS design and research with Jenchieh Hung, an internationally recognized architectural design practice firm. In her practice, she believes architecture is on a quest to establish a language that is contemporary with the world and rooted in the place by climate and geography. Songkittipakdee is also Guest Editor of Taiwan Architecture and Committee of the Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage (ASA), she received a Bachelor of Architecture with Honor from Chulalongkorn University, and pursued studies abroad to obtain a Master of Urban Design from the L’Ecole National Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-la-Villette, including the exchange program study at School of Architecture and Design, Aalborg University in Denmark.

Jenchieh Hung and Kulthida Songkittipakdee have been actively involved in academia as visiting professors and design critics in architecture for Tongji University, Chulalongkorn University, and King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi. They were also invited to serve as curators and critics for Thai contemporary architecture, executing a series of exhibitions, publications, and forums, and were commended by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thailand as Chinese-Thai Architecture Influencers.

Besides practice, HAS (Hung And Songkittipakdee) gives architectural lectures to several universities, such as Arsom Silp Institute of the Art, Assumption University, Chulalongkorn University, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi in Thailand; and East China Normal University, Shanghai University, Tongji University, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University in China. They were also invited to speak at public lectures, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA Shanghai), Bund Finance Center, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai Library, and Tencent Talks.

Visiting Professor & Design Critic :
2020~Present_Chulalongkorn University/ 2020~Present_King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi/ 2021~Present_Kasetsart University/ 2019~Present_Tongji University/ 2018-2021_Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University/ 2018~2020_Donghua University/ 2020_Kunming University/ 2019_Shanghai Jiao Tong University/ 2017~2019_East China Normal University/ 2016_National Taipei University of Technology/ 2012~2013_Chinese Culture University.

Guest Editor & Editorial Committee :
2020~Present_The Architectural Journal of The Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage/ 2019~Present_Interior Design + Construction magazine/ 2017~Present_Taiwan Architecture magazine/ 2013~Present_International Journal of Interior Architecture + Spatial Design/ 2019~2020_World Architecture Review magazine.

Curator & Thai Architecture Critic :
2021_Towards a Globalized Localism : Thai Architects/ 2021_Invisible Sensibility – Futurity of the CAUP Tongji University/ 2020_Southeast Asia : Building New Architecture World/ 2020_Making New History of Thai Architecture/ 2020_New Wave of Thai Architects/ 2020_A Current Thai Trend : from Materiality toward to Spirituality/ 2020_The language and Identity of Thai-ness Architecture/ 2020_Building an Attitude for Contemporary Thai Architecture/ 2020_An Architecture for the Future/ 2020_Thai Architects in their Regionalist Modernism/ 2020_Nature-Modernism in Contemporary Thai Architecture/ 2019_THAINESS – Thai Contemporary Architecture/ 2018_Emerging Tectonics – Thai Contemporary Architecture/ 2018_ The Rise of Globalized Thai Contemporary Architecture/ 2017_Back to Nature : Thai Architecture Now

Author :
2021_THE improvised (Li-Zenn Publishing)/ 2016_Architect Life Rhythm (Li-Zenn Publishing).