Bangkok Khlong Toey Fresh Market, photo by Rammy Narula

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Sunday 10 – Thursday 21 December 2017

The AA school in Bangkok will work through the category of CURARTISTRY. Working with 'curartistry' - a practice in which particular elements of a city can be researched and recorded in drawing, photography and models - we will look at objects in Bangkok.

This research will lead to the proposal of projects, whether artistic, architectural or otherwise crafted. Their existence as projects, rather than as finished artworks or artefacts, will form the criteria by which they are judged. One way of thinking about this is that it generalises some of the procedures of architects to other arts and practices of making. There will be a final jury in which there will be a discussion of each project and the value of this technique of work. 

Bangkok itself is the object of the School’s work. We are choosing about nine things which students can work on. They are objects, events, and places which seem to us to speak a visual and urban language which is that of Bangkok. Students of the School will visit the object, recording it in various ways, of returning to the studio and working there to develop a project from this research and subjective response. Each object will be ‘attached’ to a teacher who will help students to understand the object in more local detail. 

The school will be physically based on a site in Bangkok known as the Jam Factory, a site which has a restaurant, galleries and working spaces. The owner, Duangrit Bunnag, is a graduate of the AA and he will be participating in the school. The school will be organised by Chittawadi Chitra-bongs and Jing Rakpanya. Both of them are graduates of the AA where Chittawadi gained a PhD and Jing gained an MA in History and Critical Thinking. They are joined by Mark Cousins, Director of History and Theory at the AA and ex-Visiting Professor at Columbia University. We are also pleased to welcome Rammy Narula a photographer of Bangkok Railway Station Hua Lamphong “Platform 10”. He will join our public programme. The list of our proposed objects can be seen be-low.

1. Nightingale Olympics Department Store
2. Sampeng Market
3. Khlong Toey Fresh Market
4. Hua Lamphong, Bangkok Railway Station
5. Wat Arun, The Temple of Dawn
6. Wat Pho, The Temple of Reclining Buddha
7. Yaowarat Road, Bangkok’s China Town
8. Wat Hua Lamphong, also known as Bangkok Temple Coffin
9. Chokenumsin Spirit House Factory


1.You can apply by completing the online application through the AA Visiting School page under 'Links and Downloads'. If you are not able to make an online application, please email for instructions to pay by bank transfer.
2.Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered to the programme. A CV or a portfolio is not required.
3.All participants travelling from abroad who requires visa to enter Thailand are advised to contract their home embassy early. After payment of fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.

All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After payment of fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.

All participants are reponsible for their own insurance including travel and health insurance. All participants also need to ensure that any equipment and valuable items such as laptops are covered by their own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee. If you wish to enhance your membership, a Subscribing Membership is available at an additional £70 (£130 in total), full details of which can be found at:

Fees do not include flights or accommodation. Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making tools. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.


The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, phd candidates and young professionals.


The Jam Factory 41/1-5 Charoen Nakhon Rd, Khlong San, Bangkok 10600

Programme Heads

Mark Cousins, director of History and Theory at the AA.
Jing Rakpanya, MA in History and Critical Thinking at the AA.
Chittawadi Chitrabongs, PhD in History and Theory at the AA.

Bangkok Coordinators

Nattapong Phattanagosai
Donlaporn Chanachai


Programme Heads
Mark Cousins
Jing Rakpanya
Chittawadi Chitrabongs

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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