The Attakanwong family is a creative force. The patriarch and matriarch, Pornthep (Lek) and Janya, have been running Lek Gallery Art in historic Bang Rak since 1975. One of two daughters, Porntip (Mook) is an experienced fashion designer. When the Chinese school closed in soi 30, Mook and her sister, Puntip (Cher), a Le Cordon Bleu chef, created ATT19.
Stephanie Grusenmeyer and Pieter Compernol
Belgians Stephanie Grusenmeyer and Pieter Compernol are founders of P. Tendercool, a Bangkok-based Haute Manufacture specialist: Cross Cultural Creations, bespoke handmade furniture for some of the most discerning clients in the world. P. Tendercool Gallery and workshop are housed in Vintage New-York meatpacking-style warehouses by the Chao-Praya river, in the Wharehouse30 project, next to the New TCDC.
Duangrit established his architect practice, DBALP in 1998 and has since been designing hotels and resorts, commercial and residential projects across the region. The Jam Factory on the Chao Phraya River is both the headquarters for his architectural practice, but also his restaurant, retail, fashion and publishing businesses.
Atty, owner and director of ATTA Gallery, was trained in environmental/marine science field before having a change of heart in 2003. She believes in taking a proactive approach to life and considers herself to be a professional student…it’s never too late to learn new things/skills in life.
David, an Australian who’s lived in Bangkok since 2002 and with a wealth of experience in broadcasting, arts management and NGO work, was enlisted by Bangkok River Partners to market the Chao Phraya River as a destination for leisure and tourism. Building the brand included reaching out to the creative community already active in Bang Rak and Klongsan, marking the genesis of the Creative District.
Taiwanese Linda Cheng arrived in the Creative District in 2017 from Mahidol University where she was Associate Dean of College of Music. Linda is leading the transformation of River City Bangkok, reconnecting it with its roots while simultaneously introducing space for contemporary art, culture and learning in all its forms.
Yongtanit is an associate professor at Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Thammasat University. He has trained in several academic institutions, including Chulalongkorn University, University of Tokyo, and Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS). Yongtanit is involved in several research projects concerning citizen-based conservation in urban areas in Thailand. He is a member of International Council on Monuments and Sites, Thailand chapter, a conservation advisor to the Crown Property Bureau and Phuket Municipality.
Yossapon studied landscape architecture at Chulalongkorn University and is now managing director of his firm, SHMA. He’s a guardian of the Chao Phraya River through the civil society action group, Friends of the River and the co-founder of WePark – a plan to populate Bangkok with hundreds of pocket parks by 2030. And if that is not enough, Yos is the author of an environmental masterplan for the Creative District that includes a green corridor from Hua Lamphong MRT to Si Phraya Pier.
Thanan is a freelance writer and strategy/communications consultant based in Bangkok. Originally a Biomedical Engineer from Northwestern University, Thanan now channels his analytical skills toward use in civic society. Brought up in Hong Kong and Singapore and having worked as a consultant for Deloitte Consulting LLP in Chicago and New York, he is all at once a technie, city-phile and a proponent for public space.
Phum is a relative newbie to the Creative District, but don’t underestimate his passion. Phum was Thailand’s representative for international environment NGO, Earth Day Network in the run up to their 50th anniversary. He has played a pivotal role in the formation of Blue Green Alliance and the network’s drive for a cleaner, greener Thailand. And now he’s making the mural on Si Phraya Pier a thing of reality. Gives you hope for our future.
Apisit, previously the managing director of Thailand Creative and Design Centre (TCDC) is now Managing Director of Creative Economy Agency (CEA). He was instrumental in moving TCDC from Emporium, opening in the Grand Postal Building in May 2017. Following the success of Chiang Mai Design Week, TCDC now stages the annual Bangkok Design Week, drawing hundreds of thousands of people from Thailand’s creative industries and lovers of design to Bangkok’s Creative District in February each year.
One of the founding team of Thailand Creative & Design Center, Noppadol is now owner of Seize The Day Coffee Salon at Warehouse 30. He is a founder of StreetPhotoThailand, a collective group of Thai street photographers who aim to promote and elevate Thai street photography to global levels.
Frenchman, Thomas Menard worked in Finance before settling in Bangkok. In 2012 he began converting shop-houses into Charoenkrung area into creative spaces – galleries, bars and eaterie: Speedy Grandma and Soy Sauce Factory, then SoulBar and Little Market. Celebrating the original characteristics making new spaces available for the local community.
Having spent his career is luxury hospitality with some of the world’s most recognised brands, Robert now calls Bangkok home. He lives in the Creative District and brings to the group a unique insight into what travelers want when visiting Asia. Robert has supported the idea of the Creative District since its inception.
Book publisher and distributor, art-book store and gallery owner and passionate patron of the arts in Thailand, Bangkok native Shane Suvikapakornkul has made it one of his missions to put Thai artists and photographers on the map alongside their international counterparts through ground-braking artistic showcases.
A local who is heavily involved in the public and finance sector. Prapop has built a career in the Public Debt Management Office, Treasury Department of Ministry of Finance, and Thanachart Bank. Recently he joined communication strategy team for the Treasury Department museums in Bangkok and regional museums in Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, and Songkhla.