Speaker & Moderator

About this talk

The second series of Cha-Time is under the theme of “Traditional Cultural Wisdom for Climate Action”, which we welcome speakers from the next generation of cultural and climate professionals, ages 18-35, whose work, study, or interests focus on cultural heritage and climate resilience.

Observing and understanding local culture and practices is an important first step towards building sustainably. As a native of Shan State who studied abroad, Zaw revisited his roots and explored the potential of experimenting with sustainable practices in his work. From sourcing materials to hiring builders and craftsmen, from engaging the past through culture to managing the present through participatory decision-making, the process of practicing architecture was based on the desire for cultural and economic development as much as it was based on preserving the local environment. The project is a stepping stone for better practices in hospitality development in Inle.


Speaker & Moderator

Speaker: Mr. Zaw Lin Myat

Zaw Lin Myat received his Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University in 2016 and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with a minor in sustainable design from UC Berkeley in 2011. His master thesis, “Heritage in the Myanmar Frontier: Shan State, Haws, and Conditions for Public Participation”, explored potential processes for public engagement in the conservation of minority ethnic heritage. As a licensed architect in Myanmar, he worked on projects ranging from private residences and hotels to institutional master plans.

Moderator: Mr San Oo

The session will be moderated by Mr San Oo, a Burmese Architect who formed “Design 2000 Architects” and practiced architecture in Myanmar, Malaysia, and Thailand. He is Keenly interested in green and sustainable building designs and life-long searching for Myanmar-Modern Architecture. He received B.Arch. from Rangoon Institute of Technology, 1978 and M.Sc. from Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok in 1988.

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