Clemson University

The Third Place Lecture Series: Richard O'Cain Lecture - Boonserm Premthada

Clemson University’s School of Architecture has announced its 2024 Spring Lecture Series, “The Third Place,” continuing its theme from Fall 2023.


The spring series will feature five distinguished speakers, two of whom will present at the Clemson Design Center in Charleston.

“The Third Place,” refers to spaces for socialization separate from the usual environments of home and work, and it represents a rapidly changing landscape. Traditionally, third places have included churches, community centers, neighborhood bars and coffee shops. However, recently, there has been an increase in the use of non-traditional systems and alternative spaces serving as third places.


This series will examine how the disruption of social, political and economic structure is reframing our society’s relationships with traditional third places. From theoretical proposals and critical practices to historical analysis, The Third Place series will also discuss the intersection of identity, cultural expression and social interaction and the impact gentrification, displacement and creative production have on our communities.

The second guest lecturer for the Spring semester will be Boonserm Premthada. Architect and artist Boonserm Premthada is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Architecture at Chulalongkorn University and founder of Bangkok Project Studio. Premthada’s work has won many international awards including the ar+d Award for Emerging Architecture in 2011. He has also been shortlisted for the Aga Khan Awards for Architecture 2013, the Grand Prize International Brick Architecture 2014, Overall Winner of The Plan Awards 2017, Acknowledgement Prize, Regional LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 Asia Pacific, the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture 2018, the Royal Academy Dorfman Awards 2019, The Winner of 2021 Wallpaper* Design “Best Sanctuary” Elephant World and The Golden Madonnina 2021 of The Design Prize in the category Social Impact, Italy. Premthada has lectured and exhibited at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Cite de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine (Paris), the Hongkong Pavilion as part of 16th International Architecture Exhibition (Venice), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), University of Tokyo, University of Hong Kong, National University of Singapore, The Bartlett School of Architecture – UCL and several other international universities. His pavilion, “The House for Human and The House for Elephants,” represented Thailand at Biennale Architettura 2021.

The lecture will also be streamed on Zoom. The link is available at

Tuesday, February 20 at 5:30pm

Madren Conference Center, Auditorium
230 Madren Center Dr., Clemson, SC 29634, USA

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