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Jan Glasmeier, Architect

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After working in Thailand for several years, Jan Glasmeier founded Simple Architecture in Bangkok in 2016.


Simple Architecture promotes sustainable architecture that meets a social purpose. The design process is highly collaborative and consultative at each step, ensuring that the plans that are sensitive to the local context, environment, and needs of the client.

The buildings showcase the flexibility, durability, and sustainability of local materials and natural building, often centering around bamboo and adobe mud bricks. By using affordable natural materials, Simple Architecture can bring beautiful, functional and sustainable architecture to marginalized communities at a lower cost than conventional architecture and construction firms, while also training local workers in natural building methods.

Key projects that Glasmeier has co-designed include Kwel Ka Baung School, Mae Tao Clinic campus, and Araksa Tea House. Various designs have been nominated for and won several awards, including the 2014 DETAIL Award. The work has been featured  internationally.

Jan has been teaching and lecturing at a number of international Universities in Thailand, Germany, UK, Taiwan, India, Malaysia, Egypt, Austria, Switzerland, France and the US.

Teaching & Professional Position (selection)

1/2023 - co-founder of Socialarchitecture e.V., with Oliver Giebels

9/2021 - present, guest lecturer, Hochschule Augsburg, Germany

10/2021 - 02/2022, „research project in collaboration with Prof. Andreas Löffler, HFT Stuttgart, Germany


09/2021 - 02/2022, guest lecturer University of Bath, UK

01/2020 - 07/2021, guest professorship at BASEhabitat,

University of the Arts Linz, Austria

11/2016 – present, Simple Architecture, founder, Bangkok + London

01/2012 - 10/2016, a.gor.a architects, co-founder, Mae Sot, Thailand

01/2010 - 01/2012, Arup, senior architect, London + Singapore

10/2006 - 12/2009, F+P, architect, London + Abu Dhabi

10/1999 - 6/2006, diploma in Architecture, TU Darmstadt, Germany

09/1997 - 06/1999, Apprenticeship as an Architectural Draftsman at Boell + Krabel, BDA, Essen

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Collaborators since 2016


LinLet Arkar, Elisa Bisek, Prisca Eckert, Alessandra Esposito, Josepha Fliedner, Cheyenne Flock, Tami Forgo, Simon Gehrmann, Vincent Georg, Oliver Giebels, Hanna Greeves, Emily Han, Leo Huang, Maximilian Jakob, Pitch Juntamunee, Max Kling, Bill Koehntopp, Shreya Kothawale, Tejaswini Krishna, Buesra Kuekeli, Morgan Largouet, Vincent Mel Heinrich, Lea Peglow, Taru Schramm, Jo Swift, Jonathan Wiedemann, Uli Wulf.


Volunteers from CASIRA - Canada, King Monkhut Institute of Technology Ladkrabang Bangkok, Harrows International School Bangkok, Assumption University Bangkok, Coburg University of Applied Science and Arts, Dortmund University of Applied Science and Arts &  Stiftung Deutscher Architekten

Fotos by Cheyenne Flock, Prisca Eckert, Frank Pallares Lopez,

Allyse Pulliam, Bill Koehntopp, Leo Huang, David Richards,

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