Team

ACHARAWAN CHUTARAT, PH.D.

Acharawan Chutarat brings years of experience in lighting design for commercial, residential, institutional,
and cultural spaces in Thailand and abroad. She graduated from Chulalongkorn University with a Bachelors in Architecture.
After, she went on to receive a Master’s In Architectural Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.
Upon leaving Pennsylvania she studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge,
Massachusetts where she obtained a PH.D in Building Technology. She also received a certificate
of Indoor Air Quality from Harvard University’s School of Public Health and was a PH.D candidate in
Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

In 2003, Acharawan served as an advisor to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) for the grand
configuration of the Royal Barge Procession, and to the Department of Alternative Energy Development
& Efficiency addressing energy codes in Thailand. Acharawan has directed the Building Technology
program at the School of Architecture and Design of King Mongkut’s University of Technology, Thonburi (KMUTT)
for over ten years, and established lighting and daylighting laboratories. Previously, she worked with William Lam Inc.
analyzing and developing lighting designs, and has also been invited as a guest lecturer and conducted workshops
with IBM Toronto and Ontario, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the National Research Council of Canada.

JIRACHAI THONGTHIPAYA

Jirachai received a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Chulalongkorn University.
He then went on to study Illumination Engineering at Pennsylvania State University, and earned a
Master’s of Science in Architectural Engineering. Early career experience with Vichai Trading in Bangkok,
Thailand as lighting and sound engineer, reinforced his interest in lighting design and
development. He has participated in many professional projects including the lighting installation
for the Queen Sirikit National Conference Center.

In turn, Jirachai joined Barbizon Lighting Company in Boston, MA in 1995 to manage the design
development and implementation of major lighting projects. Aside from Jirachai’s experience in
lighting design he has particular interest in contract and practice management. He has been involved
in a wide range of projects in USA including the Boston Symphony Hall, Foxwood Resort and
Casino, Mystic Aquarium Museum, Harvard Widener Digital Library, and Le Meridian Hotel. He also
obtained a Lighting Certification from the Illumination Engineering of North America (LC,IESNA)
in 2001. Recently, he has served as a visiting lecturer in lighting design and professional practice at
the King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT).