Creative Crews is an integrative architectural firm practicing architecture, interior, landscape, and urban design; based in Bangkok.
Our crews are from multiple origins and bring diverse expertise, interests and viewpoints to our design approach.
We are focused on creating designs that:
1) Responds to the people
2) Grows out of necessity
3) Reflects the tectonic of construction and materials
4) Integrates architectural knowledge critically for its boundless, progressive quality
5) Embraces the locality
6) Traces the dormant past of the context to explore its hidden potential based on our constraints, culture, social structure, and regulations
7) Synchronizes with the geographical context
Our works are recognised by international architectural and design institutions. We have award winning works of all scales and categories.
Our directors have been invited to judge at the World Architecture Festival and teach at various architectural design schools across the globe.
We are currently involved in numerous projects, of wide ranging scales and uses, across Southeast Asia and are growing our portfolio regionally and globally.
Puiphai started her career, working in Singapore at the award-winning firm – WOHA, where she became Associate in 2006, and co-founded WOHA (Thailand) in 2008. At present, she is the founder and Managing Director of Creative Crews Ltd. As Project Director, she is in charge of projects ranging from high rise and low rise housing projects, commercial mixed developments such as offices and hotels, to institutional projects such as libraries and museums.
Her projects has been recognized by international publications and award organizations, for instance Siamese Gioia condominium received the Citation Award from the Association of Siamese Architects, and Siamese Ratchakru condominium was shortlisted for Best Tall Building Awards organized by CTBUH (Council on Tall Building and Urban Habitat).
Apart from practicing, Puiphai also serves as a judge in several architectural competitions, gives lectures, and guest critique at various architectural schools and universities, around the globe such as Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand and Graz University of Technology in Styria, Austria.
Co-founded Creative Crews with Puiphai in 2016, Ekkachan provides a different range of architectural background. Ekkachan’s profession is in pursuit of civic and cultural programe, as is evidenced academically by his degree in Master of Advanced Studies in Urban Design from ETH Zurich, as well as in practice since W Architects in Singapore.
At W he was involved in projects encompassing multiple disciplines addressing different scales and contexts, which enabled his multitude comprehension of urban elements in architectural aspect. Personal highlights include the revitalisation of the beloved national heritage; Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall; rejuvenation of the invaluable Sir Raffle’s Collections via Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum. The Educational Resource Centre later became the landmark for Singapore University Town. His recent project, Classroom Makeover for the Blind, has won INSIDE awards for Health and Education.
In parallel with above, Ekkachan also works as an academic. He lectures and serves as studio master at Kasetsart University for urban research and design program, as well as architectural program in Bangkok University. He has recently been invited to judge at the WAF.
Co-founded Creative Crews Singapore with Ekkachan and Puiphai, Xiaoxing has more than 10 years practicing experience in China and Southeast Asia. She has obtained Singapore Registered Architect license in 2016 and became Associate at her previous award-winning firm Chan Sau Yan Associates in 2018.
Her work ranged from private residences to high rise commercial buildings and high-end hotels in different countries at various geographical conditions. She focused on creating unique spatial qualities and luxury living experiences evident throughout her extensive portfolio of hospitality projects. She has been dealing with different hotel operators, from international chains such as Marriott, Hyatt and Hilton, to independent operator such as Lalu and Six Senses.
Having experienced working with clients and consultants from different countries, Xiaoxing brings expertise of operating in cross culture environment and strengthens CC’s ability of reaching out regionally and globally.
Chalankiat became associate at Creative Crews in 2018. His interest in building innovation and construction techniques are evident in various approaches of the firm such as fully cross ventilated living units, and detail standards. He was involved in many of CC’s recently completed projects including X2 Ocean Sphere resort in Pattaya, and Bank of Thailand Learning Center, a conversion of the first Mint of Thailand into a museum library and a new civic landmark in Bangkok. He now shares overall design responsibility at the practice.
Chalankiat holds a degree from Chulalongkorn University’s School of Architecture, where he graduated with second class honor. He is currently in charge of AIA East Gateway, a mixed development with office tower in Bangkok.
Waraluk interned with Puiphai whilst studying Architecture at King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang and upon graduating joined Creative Crews. Waraluk has a broad scope of experience working in various building types from private residences to highrise condominiums, commercial and mixed developments. She was project architect for a large commercial cluster of retail and the slenderest high rise condominium on Sukhumvit Road. Her understanding of project management in different scales has led to her interest in balancing design and business.
Waraluk became an Associate in 2018 and since then has expanded her role to assist in finances and operations. Her important role is optimization of resources and organization development to make sure that Creative Crews deliver the service efficiently. Waraluk has been a part of growing the company sustainably and building a high performance crew.