Skarn Chaiyawat, born in Bangkok in 1988, graduated from the faculty of Architecture at Chulalongkorn University in 2011. Prior to starting his own practice, he was a senior architect at Architects 49 limited for 6 years.
In 2016, Skarn Chaiyawat, Rina Shindo and Witee Wisuthumporn formed a group with the purpose to design Novice Living Quarters, Buddhanimit Temple (2017) donated by Mrs. Orawan Chaiyawat. The architect group was able to propose an economical solution to renovating a current temple building, enabling repurposing of forgotten space, as well as being able to provide support for existing programs through designing auxiliary buildings. The intention of the team was to produce a design that was environmentally friendly, respective to context, and able to contribute to the novice monk’s ways of life. Collaboration between monks, novices, and architects made possible the manifestation of the Novice Living Quarters in Buddhanimit Temple to answer beyond its initially conceived function. They were able to improve the novice monks’ quality of life and leave room for them to contribute their own individual lifestyle.
The project acclaimed several awards both within Thailand as well as internationally. Among these awards are: the citation award for ASA
Architectural Design Awards 2018, special mention for Architizer A+Awards 2018, and a finalist in small scale housing and New and Old building category for the World Architecture Festival 2018.
In 2018, he was invited to give a lecture at ASAESAN Architect Expo, Korat, Thailand, and a Symposium: Education - An Urban Inquiry at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Vienna, Austria. And in 2019, he was invited as a guest speaker for Construe and Construct 10 at Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore.