About Us

Experienced. Passionate. Progressive.
Our Mission

Our mission is to build bridges between urban research and action to uncover new solutions to city challenges.

We utilize deep knowledge of cities as a living lab through research, education, and data.

Our Story

Urban Studies Lab is a Bangkok-based, private research institute and consultancy that was founded in 2018 by a group of urban practitioners and academics from some of Thailand’s top higher education institutions.

USL draws on its broad range of experience and expertise in the fields of urban planning & development, architecture & design, community engagement, project management, communications, and the environmental and social sciences, to offer a unique and holistic approach to urban studies and consulting.

We are a young, passionate, and progressive organization, and proud Stewards of the Ford Resource and Engagement Center (FREC) located in the historic neighborhood of Nang Loeng.

Our Approach

The nearly limitless permutations of all things related to people, places, products, and processes create what we call unique city perspectives. Urban Studies Lab exists to help navigate these perspectives and find, test and deliver integrated solutions to urban challenges.

We subscribe to the Urban Living Lab model. We view USL clients and projects as part of an ecosystem that should be supported by five entities, all working together to make collective impact. These are Locals, Corporate, Government, NGOs, and Academics. We invite these to become partners and work on appropriate research, analysis and design tasks based on the expertise needed to meet project goals. USL then utilizes thoughtful and engaging communication methods to build shared understanding and inspire action that enriches the lives of the people we work with.

Civic Contribution

No civic project is too small. We believe in the effectiveness of projects of all sizes, from the block level to the global. We're committed to making positive impacts in the communities we work.Explore how we have engaged our communities through our urban classroom.

Our Team

The USL team is multidisciplinary and diverse, with each member bringing a unique set of capabilities and experiences to our work. Our team is ever expanding so please check back for new faces.
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director

Pongpisit Huyakorn

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assistant director

David Fiske

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Assistant Director

Pitchaya Huyakorn

chamnarn
Advisor

Chamnarn Tirapas

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Advisor

Kisnaphol Wattanawanyoo

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Advisor

Pin Udomcharoenchaikit

thanan
Communications Officer

Thanan Lilaonitkul

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Research Fellow

Nichapat Sanunsilp

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Our Core Values

Finding solutions to the complex urban challenges facing our cities requires collaboration and a transdisciplinary approach. This cannot be accomplished without a strong network of trust. To this end, our work is guided by six core organizational values.
Honesty
Build trust through open, authentic communication and transparency. 
Empathy
Openminded and welcoming approach allows us to understand needs and challenges of our partners, employees, and residents.
Fairness
Promote fairness in our cities, believing that boosting  effective use of resources will improve the lives of all city users.
Passion
We are driven by our motivation to create more healthy, just, and resilient cities.
Raising Awareness
Making urban data and information readily available and easily understood to introduce people to new possibilities to improve cities and lives.
Integrity
Follow through on commitments while focusing on completing projects from end-to-end with the highest level of quality at all times.
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