Pijika Pumketkaois architect specialised in heritage conservation. She received her Ph.D. in architecture from the University of Paris-Est in 2019. Her research focuses on the circulation, reception and traduction of international heritage concepts and apparatus that generate the hybrid discourses and practices adapted to a specific cultural context of Asian cities.
She has been conducting fieldwork in Chiang Mai for more than seven years, during which time she has been working closely with Chiang Mai University and Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok), as part of the Master’s degree exchange program that she teaches at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville. Each year she organises with Thai colleagues the architectural workshop exchange in Chiang Mai, focusing on the issue of the local practice of everyday life, urban culture and auto-production of space by the inhabitants. The survey and documentation of vernacular housing conducted in this workshop is part of the IPRAUS/AUSser laboratory’s collections.