January 14, 2010

THAILAND: Country loses celebrated architect - Krisda Arunvongse was 78

. BANGKOK, Thailand / The Nation / National News / January 14, 2010 Thailand's Office of the National Culture Commission is planning to publish a book detailing the achievements of Krisda Arunvongse, a celebrated architect who succumbed to a coronary artery aneurysm on Tuesday. He was 78 and had been receiving treatment at Siriraj Hospital since November 29. "We have allocated Bt120,000 for the book," the office's secretary general Somchai Sianglai said yesterday. To the general public Krisda is best remembered for his role as former Bangkok governor, though local architects remember him as the man who modernised Thai structural design. Born on January 9, 1932, he did a master's degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, and later won a scholarship to study architecture at the Ecole des BeauxArts in France. Upon returning to Thailand, he spent three decades as a lecturer for the Chulalongkorn University's Faculty of Architecture. Many of his designs have won awards, and include new structures inside the Amporn Gardens, the River House Condominium and River City Shopping Complex. He was also named an outstanding architect during the 60th anniversary of the Association of Siamese Architects. Culture Minister Teera Slukpetch described Krisda as a great artist. "We will educate young children about his work," he said. Krisda's funeral rites will start today at Wat Benchamabophit or the Marble Buddha Temple. [rc] © 2006 Nation Multimedia Group