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 Nidh Suwantamalee

Nidh Suwantamalee

Research student, Welsh School of Architecture

Nidh graduated with an MA. Interior and Spatial Design from the University of Hertfordshire in 2011. She is an experienced interior designer in London and a consultant for dwelling designs in the UK. She also has a Bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Architecture, Chiang Mai University. She also worked as an architect on various projects with her father’s company in Chiang Mai.

Thesis

Lanna Colonial Architecture

Lanna Colonial Architecture

The Kingdom of Lanna was first established and ruled by Phaya Mang Rai (King Mang Rai) in 1265. Today it forms part of north Thailand. Lanna was a dependency of Burma during 1558-1774 and of Siam (Thailand) during 1775-1931. After the colonial-era in the late eighteenth century, Lanna was integrated with the Siamese government in 1932. The Kingdom of Lanna consisted of Chiang Mai (a capital city), Lamphun, Lampang, Phrae, Nan, Payao, Chiang Rai and Maehongson.

This PhD study will analyse remaining dwellings in Lanna, built between 1829-1939, which resulted from the interaction of the local Lanna aristocracy with foreign influences. The aim is to document and interpret the transformation of traditional Lanna dwellings in terms of the historic influences in the area, including economic exploitation by the British, Burmese and Chinese and other cultural factors.