The School of Architecture and Design, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (SoA+D, KMUTT) and Kyoto Institute of Technology (KIT) co-hosted “SAAN”, the 1st International Conference on Design, Innovation and Creativity. It was held on February 22 – 23, 2018 at KMUTT Knowledge Exchange Innovation Center (KX). Also, it was supported by organizations and companies such as NIA (National Innovation Agency), ICONSIAM (The Icon of Eternal Prosperity), Pruksa, IMPACT, TIEA (Illuminating Engineering Association of Thailand), ENDO Lighting (Thailand) Public Company Limited, and L&E (LIGHTING & EQUIPMENT Public Company Limited).
To officially open the conference, Mr. Michael Paripol Tangtrongchit (Dean of SoA+D), Dr. Pun-Arj Chairatana (Director of National Innovation Agency) and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sakarindr Bhumiratana (President of KMUTT) cordially welcomed the guests, keynote speakers, presenters and students. As the conference progressed, panel discussions and presentations on different topics were successfully materialized and well-participated. Everyone hoped that the second conference would be organized in the future.
The conference was successfully conducted within two days and invited keynote speakers who are well-known experts and architects/designers (with their respective topics) were the following: Mr. Lyndon Neri and Ms. Rossana Hu (Founding Partners and Principal in Charge of Neri & Hu Design and Research Office), “Intern-disciplinary Approach for a New Paradigm in Architecture”; Mr. Jason Bruges (Creative Director of Jason Bruges Studio based in London and internationally renowned for producing innovative installations, interventions and ground breaking works ), “Innovative Art Installations: Creativity meets technology”; Mr. Duangrit Bunnag, an architect known for his projects in Thailand and overseas and owner of Duangrit Bunnag Architect Limited (DBALP) and JAM FACTORY (the riverside art and dining compound), “ Creating Drives for Creativity, Innovation and Urban Regeneration”; and Asst. Prof. Oscar Carracedo (Professor at National University of Singapore), “Innovation District in Retrospect: 22@Barcelona”