Wannaporn Phornprapha

Design is an act of integration. This idea has been a personal pursuit of mine with each new landscape presenting itself as a canvas to explore this idea. As the Chairperson for the 2017 IFLA APR Regional Congress, it is an honour to invite speakers and delegates from around the world to share their ideas about landscape architecture, urbanism, and art and design in the contemporary world. Landscape Architects are, in my opinion, an indispensable profession that is able to research, contemplate, and posit new approaches to global warming, loss of biodiversity, liveable cities, rural welfare, and related issues facing blue, green, and cultural landscapes across Asia Pacific and the world.

Wannaporn Phornprapha Chairperson

The IFLA APR group includes some of the most populous, dense, and diverse countries in the world and I believe that we have more that connects us than separates us. My home city of Bangkok is a rapidly changing and cosmopolitan city faced with its own unique challenges but I believe that collaboration with a mind to learn from each other can create a strong body of knowledge that professionals across the region – and the world – can draw from.

Together with the organising committee and the Thai Association of Landscape Architects (TALA) we look forward to welcoming you to Bangkok and the 2017 IFLA APR Regional Conference in November.

Wannaporn Pui Phornprapha

A Message from TALA President

Dr.Vipakorn ThumwimolTALA President

As current environment issues become more dramatic and start to present itself to everyone, all professional disciplines are required to be concerned in order to deliver a sustainable solution for the incidence. We, as Landscape Architects whose profession is closely involved with ecological systems, water and land management, need to be much more concerned, as our profession has the ability to intensify or mitigate these issues.

The Thai Association of Landscape Architects has awareness of these environmental concerns and believes in the integration of all disciplines that range from new technology to local wisdom. The environmental concerns drive the Landscape Architectural profession to become leaders in proposing the finest integrative solution between new urban life and nature, which follows our core philosophy.

The 2017 IFLA APR Congress will provide a good opportunity for professionals to meet and exchange experiences from their practice under the topic of “BLUE GREEN CULTURE“. The Congress will consist of a 2-day Speaker Series from renowned Landscape Architects, a Landscape Architecture Symposium, Technical and Culture Excursions, Student Charette, and the IFLA APR Awards Night.

On behalf of the Thai Association of Landscape Architects, I truly believe that the 2017 IFLA APR Congress will play an important role in developing the Landscape Architecture professional both regional and globally. Most importantly, we hope that the 2017 IFLA APR Congress will provide a starting point for an environmental benefit to our planet earth.

Please be invited to be a part of our important event and save our home together.

Dr. Vipakorn Thumwimol


The Thai Association of Landscape Architects (TALA) was established by the Office of the National Culture Commission in 1988. Our missions are widely recognized both domestically and internationally, mainly in professional and academic aspects of the landscape architecture profession in Thailand, following our key initiatives in conserving natural resources and the environment. We provide services to our members and encourage harmony, morality and dignity of our members in order to achieve the finest results in landscape architecture professional standards and ethics. TALA plays an important role in both the government and private sectors by contributing understanding, creativity, and collaborating with other organizations to direct and enhance Thailand’s landscape architecture industry in order to accomplish and bring environmental-friendly solutions to the society.


IFLA Asia Pacific Region (IFLA APR) is a sub-group of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) organization. IFLA is the body representing Landscape Architects worldwide. Its purpose is to coordinate the activities of member associations when dealing with global issues, and to ensure that the profession of landscape architecture continues to prosper as it continues to affect the design and management of our environment.

The IFLA APR group is made up of delegates nominated by each of the professional landscape architecture organizations located within the Asia Pacific Region that are members of IFLA (currently 14). The delegates represent their respective countries at IFLA and work together as a collaborative group to champion landscape architecture issues and projects throughout the Asia Pacific Region.

Each year the APR holds a Congress hosted by one of its member countries. These Congresses provide an opportunity for landscape architects and other interested allied professions to network with colleagues from around the world and within the Region and to explore topical issues that affect our world and understand the role we might play in addressing those issues.