Wooden houses in Rattanakosin area

Measuring Workshop on Wooden Thai Heritage


Rattanakosin area, Bangkok, Thailand, 14-28.05.2017

Draft programme, 18.04.2017 / Asst.Prof.Sudjit Sananwai





To work using a method that has been used in Finland for documentation. It is:

  • Easy to learn and work with,
  • Low-tech – no need for electricity or expensive tools,
  • Precise enough for scientific work,
  • Fast – by doing the necessary and nothing more,
  • Cheap, because of the use of simple tools and only little work, Drawings that have been made in this process can easily make even a layman under-stand that the local tradition is valuable and an important part in the vernacular tradi-tion of the whole world.


  • to learn the method by working it throughout the process
  • to become acquainted with the expertise of the participants and to create interna-tional contacts for further work in the field
  • to develop a method and models for international cooperation
  • to produce high quality measured drawings and exhibit them in a local exhibition at the end of the camp


  • Measuring and working drawing of one wooden house (1920s-1940s), the heritage building in Rattanakosin area (Bangkok old town).


  • the volunteers from international countries (5 persons)
  • the veterans from RSU & ASA (5 persons)
  • the participants are used to making building drawings
  • they know the basics of measuring work
  • all the participants have to be ready to work and live in rather harsh conditions, not yet during this camp in 2017 though, but in their future fieldwork
  • everyone in the camp works in practice, no idling is accepted
  • min. one member in the “international countries” is competent to teach the method in their country

List of cooperating organizations:

  • Rangsit University (RSU)
  • The Association of Siamese Architects (ASA)
  • ICOMOS Thailand
  • Lek-Prapai Viriyapant Foundation
  • VERNADOC Thailand

Preliminary timetable:

25.04.2016deadline for camp registrations
30.04.2017confirmation of the participants
14.05.2017meeting together at Mahakan Fort community, BKK, 09:00 am camp introduction & welcome lunch party before half day visiting trip around Rattanakosin neighbourhood
15-28.05.2017the camp period
- one week for the measuring and basic drawing at Villa Prah Sumen
- one weeks for the finishing of the drawings in ink at A’Hostel
- present the final results at RSU

Daily program:

  • working days are max. 8 hours long, depending on the weekday, weather, feeling …(the suitable time should be 8:00 am-12:00 am, 02:00 pm-7:00 pm)
  • everyone produces her/his own measure drawing,
  • in the evenings free performing programme, for example….

Accommodation and meals:

  • depend on RSU & Local organizer


  • the official language of the camp is Thai and vernacular English

The principles of the costs:

  • the participants are in charge of the international travel costs. RSU & Local organizer will pay the costs of accommodation and the meals at the site during the camp period.

More information:

further questions and information; please feel free to ask, even on the practical arrangements.