Virtual Design Festival

Live interview with architect Kulapat Yantrasast as part of Virtual Design Festival

Thai architect Kulapat Yantrasast spoke to Dezeen in this live Screentime conversation sponsored by Enscape as part of Virtual Design Festival.

Yantrasast, who runs architecture firm wHY, is known for his prolific work designing major art spaces in the US. His portfolio of works includes galleries at the Art Institute of Chicago, and the David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles.

In 2018, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art selected Yantrasast to design a $70 million renovation of its wing for arts produced in Africa, Oceania and the Americas.

Born in Bangkok, Thailand, Yantrasast first studied at Chulalongkorn University. He then went on to receive both his M.Arch. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Tokyo, before finding a mentor in Japanese architect Tadao Ando.

Yantrasast worked on a number of large projects at Ando's firm, including museums like the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas.

The architect founded wHY in Los Angeles in 2003. Under Yantrasast, the firm has completed projects including the Christie's Auction house in Beverly Hills, the Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, and the Marciano Art Foundation of Los Angeles – for which he converted an abandoned temple.

wHY recently revealed a design for an opera house in Russia, and last year created a tent for first Frieze Los Angeles.

Thai architect Kulapat Yantrasast runs LA-based firm wHY
Thai architect Kulapat Yantrasast runs LA-based firm wHY

Other creatives featured in our Screentime series include design studio Space Popular, UNStudio founder Ben van Berkel, and architects Alison Brooks and Chris Precht.

This Screentime conversation is sponsored by Enscape, a virtual-reality and real-time rendering plugin for architectural design programme Autodesk Revit.

Virtual Design Festival is the world's first online design festival, taking place from 15 April to 30 June. For more information, or to be added to the mailing list, contact us at [email protected].