1. the art and practice of designing and constructing buildings

  2. entails possibility, a thoughtful process of making space for our future



PLD Architecture Division




architecture students, engineering professionals and Cambodian workers


Responsible for:

designing, planning and constructing every school project, translating the vision of PLD into physical reality


Recent work:

designing and building village schools, toilets and sanitation facilities; incorporating environmental designs such as water filters and green wall; organising summer survey trips



If there is a choice between daydreaming about the Cambodian sunset or reading architect’s office statements on their website, we choose the first.


Practicing in a rural landscape where there is no machinery or electricity makes you think about the necessity of basic needs you thought us city-dwellers can't live without. In fact, we found that the physical comfort and social identities that a city offers come from a very superficial state of mind. Let's just say we are curious whether we can articulate an alternative way of life to the so-called developed world through architecture.

We prefer buildings that are sustainable to ones that are seemingly more comforting. We prefer economical solutions to extravagant ones. We can’t tell you exactly when our architecture team started. We like to say it was 2009, but we only had one of us studying architecture. So eventually we drifted towards what we do today – a shared desire to be simple and honest, as opposed to neo-environmentalists to tropical-critical-regionalists. 

In 2011, we began a summer office around a large table, working through a range of design experiments – a make-believe of architectural fantasies, problems, and thoughts about what we would be building in the developing world. As we’ve grown, we continue to operate around a similar curiosity on each project through playful experimentation and serious research. Here we try to index that work - our briefs, sites, love for Khmer architects, houses, schools, playgrounds, installations, furniture, writing, experiments and films.



We believe working collectively is always better than working individually. Every project is a great learning process. From designing to building, we try to involve students alike to materialise our architecture. Therefore, our local builders are like our family. Do you know that one of our master builders is also a musician? He crafts his own khhim!


Meet Mr. Wey.




Thnouh School

Thnouh School is the 4th school PLD did. It is an elongation of a traditional Khmer stilt house; an extension of the village landscape.

Thnout School

Upcoming - The reconstruction of Prey Run School

Thon Mun Community Centre

The project is composed of two classrooms on a raised platform, enveloped by a series of porous bamboo screens. The ceiling bamboo screen extends between the two volumes connecting them to create a shaded corridor overlooking a horizon of rice fields.

Khna Rong School

Khna Rong is a remote village in Takeo Province, an hour away from the nearest town centre. Limited accessibility was the main challenge in this project. All materials were bought in the local market and most needed to be brought in by hand. 

Prey Run School

This is the first project done by Project Little Dream back in December 2009

Life of Pi

The world isn't just the way it is. All children have the right to play.  Pi is a little boy who sees the world differently.

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