Interview with Studio Taila | Thailand

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July 4, 2024
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Studio Taila

Studio Taila consists of a myriad of talented new-blooded Landscape Architects with various experiences focusing on providing a better environment, with fresh and limitless ideas to the industry and world.

1Please give us a brief bio of yourself and your design background.
Studio Taila was founded by a group of new-blood landscape architects with various experiences, since 2010. Our studio aims to introduce the big idea of Landscape Architectural Designs by providing a better environment, with fresh and limitless ideas.
2What made you become/why did you choose to become a designer/artist?
What made us choose to become architects? It was because of our passion for art and our interest in the environment, atmosphere, and user experience, which made us want to be Landscape Architects.
3Tell us more about your business/company, job profile, and what you do.
We also present new alternatives and gladly offer recommendations concerning landscape architectural design such as Residential, Commercial & Complex, Office & Institute, Open Space & Public space/Park projects, and much more.
4What does “design” mean to you?
For us, design is the delivery of valuable experiences into every step of a process. We believe that it has to be from conceptual designing to detail designing.
5What’s your favorite kind of design and why?
For us, Landscape Architectural Design would be our favorite kind of design because of our passion for the arts and our interest in the environment, atmosphere, as well as user experiences.
6To you, what makes a “good” design?
A good design would be to be a design that is created to be unique, interesting, and welcoming to the environment.
7Describe your design style and its main characteristics.
Our design style would be contemporary design, a design that is in line with the user's lifestyle and responds primarily to the beliefs, values, and needs of the user.
8Tell us about your design process.

Our design processes are:

1. Conceptual Design Services: Our services will cover the establishment of the conceptual project design intent, character, and theme for the project.

We will first consult with the client and relevant consultants to establish design responsibility, submittal dates, and project phasing that need to be determined. Next, coordinate with the necessary consultants (Architects, Interior designers, Structural, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineers, etc) on the detailed site planning of exterior spaces and circulation, grading, and drainage. Lastly, Prepare a project concept for presentation. We will provide project Concept Design plans and sections of key areas to demonstrate concepts. Work does not include any detailing at this phase.

2. Design Development Services: This service is to provide the information required to illustrate the design intent of the Landscape Architectural elements. We will prepare a coordination package for the issue to all relevant consultants for their final input as a coordinator. This coordination Design Development package may include plans, sections, sketches, details, and finishes/materials selection boards to convey the character and relationships between the project features.

We will evaluate formal comments on the status of the Conceptual Design stage from the client. Next, we coordinate with the local consultant on the specific government requirements, updating design information as the Landscape Architectural plans and elevations evolve. Appropriate liaison on the character and image of the Landscape Architectural features to ensure that these elements are harmoniously integrated into the project.

Afterward, we coordinate with the Structural Engineer on the structural input required for hardscape elements (i.e. walkways, steps, ramps, etc.). Preparation of Design Development details of the hardscape elements including special paved areas, walkways, stairs, trellises/arbors, planter walls, etc will follow next. We will also coordinate with the Civil Engineer to determine the relationship of the underground utilities, manholes, culverts, drainage channels, inspection chambers, etc., and propose their location in the project layout. We will liaise on the grading, general elevations, and drainage.

3. Working Drawing Services: This service is to provide the technical information required for all hardscape elements of the project. The Hardscape Working Drawings are intended for use as both hardscape tender and construction drawings.

Our work will involve the preparation of landscape layout planning to illustrate levels, drainage, dimensions, material selections, and location of all hardscape features. Next, we prepare the typical details, sections, and elevations to illustrate the design intent for all hardscape features.

4. Periodic Site Construction Observation Services: We will provide design clarification where required, during the construction phase, via fax, e-mail, or mail and finally assist the client.

9Do you think your country and its cultural heritage has an impact on your design process?
We believe so, as it is reflected from the lifestyle and responds primarily to the beliefs, values, and needs.
10Congratulations! As the winner of the 2024 MUSE Design Awards, what does it mean to you and your company and team to receive this award distinction?
Thank you! This award made us so proud as it provided us the strength and confidence that we are making the right choice and a good one.
11Can you explain a bit about the winning work you entered into the 2024 MUSE Design Awards, and why you chose to enter this project?

This project is a playground located in a public park within a housing development, in the suburbs of Bangkok Residents are made up of people of various ages, including children, adults, and seniors. We offer activities that create interaction between the ages. and respond to behavior and development at various ages that are appropriate for children in each age group.

We chose this project to enter the competition because we think that design does not focus only on childhood, as we should not forget the relationship of children with their parents and the elderly who live together in the same society.

12What was the biggest challenge with this project?
The biggest challenge we had with the project was the fact that we needed to design something that responds to activities that will connect users of various ages, group-specific needs, and behaviors, between groups, tasks that answer children's diverse behaviors to be appropriate for their age development. It is a challenge but it will be interesting.
13How has winning an Award developed your practice/career?
Winning this award gives us the strength and confidence that what we are doing is right. Therefore, it will affect our efforts to develop designs even better.
14What are your top three (3) favorite things about our industry?
Landscape Architectural Design, Architectural Design, and Interior Design.
15What makes your country specifically, unique in the design industry?
Specifically, the culture art, social values, local wisdom, beliefs, and habits of the local people are what make it unique to the design industry.
16If you were a student entering this industry or an aspiring MUSE Design Awards submitter, what advice would you give them?
Please be confident in your own work. Don't worry about expressing yourself. This is for experience. And the results may be better than expected.
17Who has inspired you in your life and why?
My parents inspired me in my life because I got to see how they lived, how to act appropriately, what is right and what is wrong, what not to do, and so much more, everything that they have taught me made me the person I am today.
18What is your key to success? Any parting words of wisdom?
Keep repeating and practicing until you become proficient, and have fun while you're at it designing.

Winning Entry

Always Together Playground | MUSE Design Awards

The ALWAYS TOGETHER playground is focusing on: Family bonding, areas for families, both children and parents. The BONDING is presented in the curved forms and lines that unite along the way... (read more here.)

Always Together Playground | MUSE Design Awards


Studio Taila

Studio Taila consists of a myriad of talented new-blooded Landscape Architects with various experiences focusing on providing a better environment, with fresh and limitless ideas to the industry and world.


Read more about the interview with Yinghua Lu from the United States here.

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