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I am searching for architecture with soul. Sometimes it is better to be reckoned as out-fashioned, or even ugly than being boring.

Verasu Sae-Tae

Architect, Designer and Writer

Verasu Studio Work is in pursuit of architecture with soul, exploring the beleaguered collision of mass, culture, pleasure, desire, politics, revenue and immersive meanings of a place.

The Studio led by Veerasu Sae-Tae. He graduated with Master of Science from the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) with The Why Factory graduation studio (T?F) in the Netherlands (2017). 

He received his Bachelor of Science from INDA, International Program in Design and Architecture, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok Thailand (2013). 

He worked with ADEPT, a Danish architecture office, branch in Guangzhou, China (2014-2015). He has written articles for The Momentum, art4d Magazine and The Cloud. 

Currently, He is working with Mecanoo Architecten, a Dutch-based architectural firm in The Netherlands.


verasu.saetae (at) gmail (dot) com

Work Experience

Present - 2017

Junior Architect

Mecanoo Architecten b.v.

Delft, South Holland, The Netherlands
selected projects:
Mecanoo Shenzhen Opera House design proposal, 2020
Shenzhen, China
Size: 170,000 m2 (South) , 167,000 m2 (North)
Status: Architecture Design Competition
Role: Design Team
International Masterplan Competition
Shenzhen, China
Size: 94,985 m2
Status: Urban Design Competition
Role: Design Team
South Korea
Year: 2019
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Size: 400 homes
Status: Ongoing – 1st Prize Competition –
Year: 2019 – 2020
Role: Design Team
Shenzhen, China
Size: 93,000 m2
Status: 1st Prize Competition
Year: 2018
Role: Design Team
Taipei, Taiwan
Size: 38,000m2
Status: Competition
Collaboration: MAYU Architects
Year: 2018
Role: Design Team
Shenzhen, China
Size: 63,000 m2
Status: 2nd Prize Competition
Year: 2018
Role: Design Team
Shenzhen, China
Size: 327,000 m2
Status: 2nd Prize Competition
Year: 2018
Role: Design Team
Shenzhen, China
Size: 106,000 m2
Status: Jury’s 1st place selection.
Year: 2018
Role: Design Team
Taoyuan, Taiwan
Size: 29,000 m2
Status: Competition
Collaboration: Qlab
Year: 2018
Role: Design Team

2015 - 2013

Assist Architect


Guangzhou, China
selected projects:
Courthouse for Qian Hai Water City
Shenzhen, China
Size: 33748 m2
Status: Competition
Year: 2014
Role: Design Team
Qian Hai Financial Tower
Shenzhen, China
Size: 71,140 m2
Status: Competition
Collaboration: MVRDV and SCUT
Year: 2014
Role: Design Team
Dayun Active City
Shenzhen, China
Size: 1.2 km2
Status: Masterplan Competition
Year: 2014
Role: Design Team
Guangzhou, China
Size: 34.45 hectare
Status: Cultural Masterplan Competition
Collaboration: MVRDV
Year: 2013
Role: Design Team


Collaboration with

Bangkok, Thailand
Internet platform
Size: limitless
Status: Competition entry (Short-listed)
Year: 2013
Role: Creative development & CGI
Team: Lara Lesmes & C. Fredrik V. Hellberg, Varis Niwatsakul & Veerasu Saetae, Tachapol Tanaboonchai & Suthata Jiranuntarat, Kanyaphorn Kaewprasert, Malavika Reddy,Taylor Lowe


Badminton Court at Nang Loeng Horse Racetrack.
Team: Jirachaya Kerdpanya, Amanda Ellis, Vairs Niwatsakul, Verasu Sae-Tae
Aj. Kanwipa Methanuntakul (Pla)
Teacher Assistant / Guest Critic at INDA
Chulalongkorn University,
Bangkok Thailand

Teacher Assistance for Year1 Introduction to Design
Tutor: Martin Locker, Micheal, Dev Harlan
Roles : co-teach with instructors in charge of 10 students.
A design brief for a class called “An Alien Visiting Ethnographic study“, and assist with ordering material and preparing equipment


Present - 2020

Columnist: Set Design
Set Design is a series of architectural articles exploring the cinematic world.
Editor: Pim-On Natakul
Articles in Thai (บทความ):

• สักสี | รอยสักอาชญากรรมบนหินอ่อนศักดิ์สิทธิ์

• บ้านโนบิ | อะไรกันที่ทำให้นิยามของคำว่าบ้านของคุณและของเรา แตกต่างและน่าสนใจ ?

• สถาปัตยกรรมจากพื้นที่ความฝัน | ใน Inception – Christopher Nolan

• อพาร์ตเมนต์ซีรีส์ FRIENDS ความเป็นอยู่คนหนุ่มสาวยุค 90 ที่เข้ามาตามหาฝันในเมืองใหญ่

• สิ่งที่ Wes Anderson บอกเล่าผ่านสถาปัตยกรรมโรงแรม The Grand Budapest Hotel

• สถาปัตยกรรม ‘ซอยเถิดเทิง’ กับการเปลี่ยนแปลงของวิถีชีวิตในชุมชนขนาดย่อมตลอด 25 ปี

• ฟาร์ม Harvest Moon สถาปัตยกรรมในเกมที่จำลองประสบการณ์ชีวิตจริงของผู้เล่น

• สถาปัตยกรรมโพสต์โมเดิร์นใน Teletubbies รายการเด็กสะท้อนสังคม พื้นที่ปลอดภัยไร้ผู้ใหญ่

• ยอดนักสืบจิ๋วโคนัน : การใช้สถาปัตยกรรมของอาชญากร ห้องปิดตาย ทางลับ และปริศนาล่าขุมทรัพย์

• Home Alone (Agian) – ทัวร์บ้านครอบครัวแมคคาลิสเตอร์ ใน Home Alone บ้านครอบครัวในยุค 90 ที่ออกแบบให้เข้ากับเทศกาลคริสต์มาสและปีใหม่

• คนเล็กในเมืองใหญ่ – 功夫- สถาปัตยกรรมในหนังจีน ‘คนเล็กหมัดเทวดา’ ตอกย้ำความล้มเหลวของการจัดสรรพื้นที่และทรัพยากรเมืองเซี่ยงไฮ้ช่วง 1930 – 1940

• อิทธิพล #ความหว่อง ใน Chungking Express ของหว่องกาไว ที่ต่ออายุอาคารเก่าในฮ่องกง

• ย้อนดูสถาปัตยกรรมในหนังฝรั่งเศล Trafic ปี 1971 ที่สะท้อนปัญหาการใช้รถและน้ำมันแพง

• Gotham City สถาปัตยกรรมเมืองของแบทแมน ที่เปลี่ยนไปตามความตั้งใจของผู้สร้าง

• บ้านยูโทเนียมใน The Powerpuff Girls ที่สะท้อนความเป็นนักวิทย์และพลังของสามสาว


‘Going Out’
‘Just what is it that make travelling, so appealing’
Editor: Kanokwan Trakulyingcharoen
‘Play Station’
‘We have always been playful’
Co-writer: Varis Niwatsakul
Editor: Kanokwan Trakulyingcharoen


The Missing Words in Architecture Volume 1
Collective Writers:
Lao-Reang (Storytelling) Online Magazine Series I: The Missing Words in Architecture Volume 1 Issue 0 Published on: 1 April 2017 #Architecture #Design —— Contributors —— 1.Wachira Leangtanom 2.Verasu Sae-Tae 3.Varis Niwatsakul 4.Jirat Khumkomgool 5.Swinya Chavanich —— Editorial Team —— Cover Made of Two: Kornkamon Kaewprasert Kanyaphorn Kaewprasert Organiser: Veerasu Sae-Tae


edited by: juliana neira | designboom
published on Mar 09, 2016
verasu saetae envisions hindu spiritual practices in hong kong’s urban public space

Academic Experience, Training and Workshop


(T?F) The Why Factory – Graduation Studio

De Faculteit Bouwkunde
Delft University of Technology
Tutors: Adrien Ravon, Javier Arpa Fernandez,
Winy Maas
Master Graduation Project
What’s make a housing block? Research on Mass and its transformation of a simple question
“What if we could live self-sufficiently with Solar Energy?”. The Solar Mountain is where housing qualities and solar energy are negotiating.

The Blockmaker

Collective Research
The Block Maker is software that would explain the initial notion of the studio’s framework. One of the objectives of this parametric software is to be able to generate a city block based on different ‘what if’ scenarios and Floor area ratio. Through different Grasshopper scripts of geometry transformation, the software would generate a series of blocks with different qualities of daylight, views, and solar radiation. Through the exploration of this collective work, it has evolved the studio’s framework as well as the design methodology of the individual project. Therefore, eventually, the individual project could feedback and update this software later.
Exhibition at Tu Delft:
T?F The Why Factory Studio (2016/2017), Tu Delft, Blockmaker
Minck Simonis, Roman Oost, Annelot Wartna, Veerasu Sae-Tae, Boudewijn Thomas, Josef Odvárka, Cheuk Cheung Ming, Matteo Fadulto

Introduction Workshop with Winy Maas Y(our) World

Can we measure the World?

Our aim is to develop a quantitative analysis of the global footprint of a 11 billion people city.
Can we depict the world in an Excel sheet?

What if… Workshop

Having understood that there is a multitude of components with an impact in the 11 billion people city footprint, students proposed a list of future scenarios at the scale of (y)our world, (y)our city and (y)our block.


Design-Build for Thong-Lor community

Design and Construction Projects for Community
Tutors: Kerrie Butts and Nilay Mistry
Team:  INDA Year 3 Students
This project will enhance a community gathering space for an informal settlement along with the Thonglor Police Station in Bangkok. Residents of informal communities or urban villages, scattered throughout Bangkok provide the city with vital labour and services that support systems of the formal sector
This project will create a flexible gathering space for the community to use throughout the day and pronounce a clear entry point to this otherwise obscured community. This space will accommodate afterschool activities for children as well as comfortable seating for community meetings. By marking a threshold, this community is proven to exist.


Macau research Studio
ลานละเล่น – เครื่องเล่นภูมิทัศน์ Bangkok Design Week 2021
Lara Lesmes & Fredrik Hellberg
Team:  INDA Year 3 Students
The research studio aims to study, explore and analyse the internal fantasy landscapes of the largest and most ambitious entertainment spaces in the world. The Casino’s and entertainment complexes of Macau, China.
Macau Venetian casino research
Research with Varis Niwatsakul
Research on the experience of the visitors through their journey through the Venetian Macau Casino. The research explores the notion of copy & paste, real and fake, original and authenticity


Research on Set Design and Framing Shot. Workshop in Taipei and Tainan Taiwan.
Prof. Brian McGrath, Parsons the New school for design, NewYork
Team:  INDA Year 3 Students
The Study footage scence, Contempt, 1963,directed by Jean-Luc Godard
The task of the Godard student team [Note 3] both revealed the difficulty of matching the syncopated movements of the actors and the camera, but also the dimensional fact that the spacious Roman flat that Godard chose for the pivotal domestic scene of the movie extends far beyond the 3 x 6 meter exhibition booth at the Taipei World Design Expo. The student team therefore developed a system of moving the background scenery, along with the performing actors, in order to give the illusion of an elongated set as viewed by the centrally placed panning camera. The team also developed a method of recording the changing positions of the actors, set assistants and cinematographer, by dipping hand made sandals in color-coded paint during rehearsal, producing a footprint map of the performance. In the final performance the team coated the black floor of the Design Expo booth with white flour, leaving traces during the performance like footsteps in snow.
Godard performance as part of an exhibit at the Taipei World Design Forum in 2011:


Experiencing Architecture & Design-Build For Communities In North India. 
Tutors: Taylor Lowe and Camille Lacadee
for 4 weeks, starting with one week touring the cities of Delhi andChandigarh, before embarking on a 3 weeks long Design Build Project in Leh, Ladakh.
ladakh arts and media organisation
Almost as long as we have had architecture, we have had bricks. And yet, almost 10,000 years after our first
brick, we still have not optimized its full potential. Consider the range of this phenomenal module’s applications just within Architecture’s established canon: the Jetavanaramaya stupa in Sri Lanka (4th century BC); the Pantheon: Frank LLoyd Wright’s Prairie School; Eladio Dieste’s curvilinear brick masonry; Mies Van der Rohe’s Soviet Monument;
Laurie Baker’s neo-jalis. 
More recently with the aid of parametric software and robotic assembly, the brick has been capable of composing building surfaces with extraordinary forms and properties of light. Architecture has come full circle. Accordingly, students will return to architecture’s first principles by immersing themselves in brick production and design in the predominantly mud brick city of Leh, located in India’s Himalayan Northeast.
Think outside the Brick | INDA Student
Thinking Outside the brick exhibition at LAMO Leh, Ladakh.
LAMO | Ladakh arts and media organisation
ladakh arts and media organisation
brick exhibition at ladakh arts and media organisation
Prototype of alternative mudbrick mold design.

Education History


MSc. (ir)

Master of Science in Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences

Delft University of Technology
South Holland, The Netherlands



Bachelor of Science in Design and Architecture 

INDA, International Program in
Design and Architecture

Chulalongkorn University
Bangkok, Thailand



Shelter For Soul International design & installation competition

Honorable Mention
Memorial space for a soul
Korean Institute of architects & BaMI
Seoul, South Korea


Yothi Medical Innovation District Design Contest

Second Prize
Medical District Urban Planning
Team: Veerasu Sae-Tae, Sicha Chitavanich
and Tachapol Tanaboonchai
National Innovation Agency (NIA),
Ministry of Science
Bangkok, Thailand


ASA Internation Design Competition

Thrid Prize
a home-maker software
The association of Siamese architects
Bangkok, Thailand


ASA Internation Design Competition

Thrid Prize
an Online Townplanning Tool
The association of Siamese architects
Bangkok, Thailand