Cultural Heritage Transfer of the Traditional Thai House: Usiri Family Houses


  • Kundoldibya Panitchpakdi Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand



cultural heritage, traditional house, preservation, living environment.


Traditional Thai house architecture is a significant part the Thai culture and heritage. One unique attribute of traditional Thai house construction is the modular, pre-fabricated wood components, with non-permanent connections. This allows the house to be dissembled and reassembled in a new location without damage. This is a case study of Thai-style houses built and owned by six generations of the Usiri family. Their houses have been passed down from the first to subsequent generations.  From only two Thai-style houses 130 years ago, there are now eleven houses as part of an expanding cultural inheritance.

Keywords: cultural heritage; traditional house; preservation; living environment.

eISSN 2398-4295 © 2018. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open-access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license ( Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. 



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How to Cite

Panitchpakdi, K. (2018). Cultural Heritage Transfer of the Traditional Thai House: Usiri Family Houses. Asian Journal of Behavioural Studies, 3(13), 54–67.