Life demands answers to complex questions.
No question has one fixed answer.
So we form a team of interdisciplinary designers, thinkers, and makers.
Form follows function.
Form follows flourishing.
So good design allows people and nature to thrive.
Creativity is collaboration in context.
Creativity is conducting.
So we make to learn what the world has to teach us.
So we practice in the gap
Between pragmatism and poetry.
Between intelligence and intuition.
Between experience and imagination.
So every site is a question and every project is an answer.
So.
WHY NOT.
Life demands answers to complex questions.
No question has one fixed answer.
So we form a team of interdisciplinary designers, thinkers, and makers.
Form follows function.
Form follows flourishing.
So good design allows people and nature to thrive.
Creativity is collaboration in context.
Creativity is conducting.
So we make to learn what the world has to teach us.
So we practice in the gap
Between pragmatism and poetry.
Between intelligence and intuition.
Between experience and imagination.
So every site is a question and every project is an answer.
So.
WHY NOT.
WHY Workshops

Our interdependent workshop structure allows us to function as an ecology of disciplines, combining the expertise of architects, landscape designers, museum strategists, furniture makers, and creatives of all types.

Whether we’re working on a museum or a private residence, a masterplan or an experimental object, there’s no such thing as a singular WHY aesthetic. We work globally across different sectors and building types, and each project is the outcome of its own context, collaborations, and conversations.

Above all, we seek to foster an ethic of inclusivity and social responsibility, and we are committed to positively impacting the lives of the diverse communities we work with. We design with one goal in mind: to allow people, culture, and places to thrive.

Kulapat Yantrasast, Founder and Creative Director

Our international team brings together multiple different skills, experiences, and perspectives. We work primarily from our two main offices in New York and Los Angeles, with outposts in Paris and Tokyo.

Kulapat Yantrasast, Founder and Creative Director

Kulapat established WHY in 2004 with the intention of combining his experience in the art world with a deep commitment to cultural inclusivity and human flourishing. He received his MA and Ph.D. degrees in architecture from the University of Tokyo, and subsequently worked as a close associate of Tadao Ando, leading several important US and European museum and culture projects including the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and Fondation Francois Pinault pour l’Art Contemporain in Paris. He is a frequent public speaker at leading institutions and organizations, discussing architecture through the lens of ecology, cuisine, and human sociability, and is the first architect to receive the Silpathorn Award for Design from Thailand’s Ministry of Culture. Kulapat currently serves on the board of a number of cultural institutions, and is a trustee of the Noguchi Museum in New York City and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.

Interview with Kulapat for The New York Times

NY Times

Architecture Workshop

The WHY Architecture Workshop binds together our ecology of disciplines, guiding design concepts through to construction.

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Landscape Workshop

Wilding X WHY applies strategies of wilding and creative design to bring biodiversity to the built environment.

Museums Workshop

The WHY Museums Workshop is our platform for progressive thinking about museums and cultural institutions.

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Strategy Workshop

WHY Strategy is where stories begin and narratives take shape; through our Strategy Sprints, WHY and our global network of engaged cultural stakeholders work closely in collaboration with your team to focus your vision and underwrite its realization.

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Team
  • Sevki Topcu
    Designer
  • Alexandra Butnaru
    Designer
  • Gregory Kokkotis
    Designer
  • Andrew Fang
    Business Coordinator
  • Jasper Flores
    Landscape Designer
  • Stella Buckmann
    Designer
  • Sky Milner
    Architect
  • Fah Vangtook
    Designer
  • Bea Li
    Landscape Designer
  • Xinru Tan
    Designer
  • Matthew Powell
    Designer
  • Stanko Kovacevic
    Designer
  • Abdulaziz Abdulaziz Al Saud
    Strategist
  • Justin Mueller
    Strategist
  • Kristin Walters
    Marketing Coordinator
  • Michelle Benoit
    Landscape Designer
  • Danielle Tellez
    Designer
  • Fern Sripongtanakul
    Designer
  • Madeline Jones
    Human Resources Manager
  • Philippe Stanfield Pinel
    Business Developer
  • Matthew Pawlikowski
    Office of the Creative Director
  • Siya Xie
    Designer
  • Amanda Coen
    Landscape Architect
  • Byron Chang
    Associate Director
  • Chung Eun Kim
    Associate Director
  • Frank Dadfar
    Designer
  • Georgina Jiang
    Designer
  • Graham Brindle
    Associate
  • Alex Brown
    Finance Director
  • Jarrod Beck
    Senior Exhibition Designer
  • Jing Liu
    Associate
  • Kira Appelhans
    Senior Associate
  • Ozan Cicek
    Designer
  • Will Wei
    Designer
  • Zoe Bu
    Designer

WHY have offices in New York, Los Angeles and other cities around the world. We’re a growing team and we’re always on the lookout for the right people. You can find out more about opportunities and how to get in touch on our careers page.

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