Skarn Chaiyawat, born in Bangkok in 1988, graduated from the faculty of Architecture at Chulalongkorn University in 2011. He began working for Architects 49 limited in the same year before founding his independent office in 2020.

 

In 2016, Skarn Chaiyawat, Rina Shindo, and Witee Wisuthumporn formed a group with the purpose to design Novice Living Quarters, Buddhanimit Temple (2017). 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 to their own individual lifestyle.

 

In 2018, he was invited as a guest speaker for the "Symposium: Education - An Urban Inquiry." at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria, and the "Construe and Construct 10" at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore in 2019.