Kulapat Yantrasast

co-founder and principal of wHY Architecture & Design

Kulapat Yantrasast, a native of Thailand, is the co-founder and principal of wHY Architecture & Design that is based in Los Angeles and New York. Noted as one of the most innovative architectural practices of the new generation, their philosophy of integrating creative thinking with timeless design along with their focus on intelligent and high-quality construction, have gained them a reputation for their architectural works and projects for the arts and culture all over the United States and the world. Their design for the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Michigan, which completed in 2007, distinguished the new museum facility as the first LEED Gold art museum in the world; other wHY projects that have preceded and followed the Grand Rapids museum have been met with equal if not greater critical acclaim for their design and incorporation of environmental sustainability. To acknowledge his outstanding achievements and notable contributions to the contemporary arts and culture of Thailand and of the international community, Kulapat was awarded the prestigious Silpathorn Award from the Government of Thailand in 2009, and in doing so became the first architect to receive this award.


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What are the effects when nature, landscape, and architecture are successfully infused with art? Where have you experienced this combination? 

Kulapat Yantrasast November 25, 2012