Rachaporn Choochuey / all(zone): Lightly & Casually

The architect presents recent work from her studio in Bangkok.

March 21, 2023
12:00 p.m.

all(zone), Zilka Studio, AECOM, Tensys, Blue Bottle | MPavilion, Melbourne, Australia, 2022. Image courtesy Naomi Milgrom Foundation

Current Work is a lecture series featuring leading figures in the worlds of architecture, urbanism, design, and art.

The 2022–23 Current Work series examines projects and firms enacting new modes of architectural practice, collaboration, and community engagement.

Founded in Bangkok in 2009, all(zone) is a group of design professionals who, in their own words, “are fascinated by ever-changing mega metropolises.” From temporary urban interventions to large-scale permanent structures, the practice’s work emphasizes local materials, adaptive reuse, and vernacular techniques. 

According to one review from 2020, “each project begins as an experiment to test new ways of living, working, or playing in the city, and they all express a lightness in materials and atmosphere that reflects the joy at the heart of [the] practice.” 

Recent projects include: 

  • MPavilion 2022, a three-layered canopy in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens made from fabric, steel, and polyethylene Thai fishing-nets 
  • LightHouse 1.0, an experimental house prototype built with lightweight metal panels and mosquito nets, designed to accommodate a nomadic urban living condition
  • MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, the transformation of an old warehouse into Thailand’s first contemporary art museum. 

all(zone)’s work has been shown at the Guggenheim Museum, Chicago Architecture Biennial, Vitra Design Museum, and Triennale Milano. 

Rachaporn Choochuey is the cofounder and design director of all(zone). She received a BArch from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, a master’s in advanced architectural design from Columbia University GSAPP, and a PhD in architectural history from the University of Tokyo. She has taught at Chulalongkorn University and the Yale School of Architecture.

This program will be moderated by Sunil Bald. A partner of studioSUMO, Bald is an associate dean and adjunct professor at the Yale School of Architecture.


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

The event is co-organized by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union.