The second Design Life exhibition and conference was developed and produced by Sand Helsel, Ross McLeod and Michelle Lim of RMIT in collaboration with RMIT Architecture and Interior Design graduates, Xutibhong Wichaidit and Saguna Saelim, who live and practice in Bangkok.

The event was centred around the exhibition of graduates work held at the Thai Creative and Design Center in downtown Bangkok. Over the course of three days attendees were treated to an array of design presentations and lectures by both RMIT Alumni and prominent Thai architects and designers.

The intensity of the design lectures and events were interspersed with tours of local contemporary buildings, extraordinary meals in amazing restaraunts, a sunset cruise along the Chaopraya river, a hair raising tuk tuk rally through the night traffic of the city and a wild night of partying at the Demo nightclub.


Graduates who exhibited their work included:

ivan adhiteja
taak akrasanee
millie cattlin
cassandra chilton
jindee chua
sacha coles
charles dewanto
campbell drake
diane durongpisitkul
dale hardiman
richard hassell
leah heiss
damon hills
tanakorn kaocharoenpong
raphael kilpatrick
jiyoon kim
taek soo kim
meyliza b. kotama
karn kulla-ark
prateep laoteppitak
claire martin
johan mermijanto
ryan moroney
suriawati qiu
ingrid rhule
tiarma sirait
roland snooks
xutibhong wichaidit + saguna saelim
nic wong
selene wong
ho tzu yin
khalilah zakariya

Click names to view a pdf of individual exhibition panels


click here to view the exhibition catalogue.


Guest speakers included:

Chatree Ladalalitsakul of Tonslip studio is a sole practitioner. However as such he has managed to win almost every major architectural competition in Thailand over the last decade. His works include he College of Music at Mahidol University and he is currently designing the new Thai Parliament Building. His belief in simplicity coupled with an interest in Buddhist philosophy helped create a vision of an ideal moral society that he translated into design inspirations for the parliament building.

Pok Kobkongsanti of T.R.O.P.(terrains + open spaces) is a landscape architect who heads up a team of designers and construction supervisors. He believes that each project the studio embarks upon deserves it's own identity and should involve a new set of design investigations. In this sense the firm views the design process is as important as the design itself and works very closely with each client. Since 2007, TROP has been working on Hospitality, Residential, Commercial and Installation design projects throughout Asia. 

Boonlert Hemvijitraphan from Boon Design has worked to form an alternative definition of contemporary Thai architecture. Over the past fifteen years he has proven that his 'quiet' architecture is never silent, constantly revealing something fundamental about the place and time they are in. It is a refined sense of enclosure articulation and spatial configuration that sets his architecture apart.


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