“Expect the Unexpected”

Unexpected Co., Ltd

Founded in 1999, ‘unexpected studio’ started as an office for design and architecture in Cologne, Germany. Working as designers and educators, its originators, Sunaree Lawanyawatna and Martin Schoch, both have backgrounds in design theory and practice. The company’s credo of being ‘unexpected’ is to challenge its design process as an endeavor, where the outcome is intentionally unpredicted. ‘unexpected studio’ has won several awards and competitions. The company’s work has been exhibited in Copenhagen, London, New York City, Berlin, and Tunisia.

In the year 2004, ‘unexpected studio’ relocated to Thailand and realized design work including projects in the field of residential design, exhibition and retail design, as well as product design. In the recent years, the company has widened its spectrum of design services becoming multidisciplinary experts, providing design consulting and coaching concept services for several partners in Thailand.





Our Team

Sunaree Lawanyawatna – Design Director / Partner

Born in USA, raised in Bangkok, worked in New York, Germany, and Thailand. Sunaree Lawanyawatna is primarily responsible for the established design work at unexpected. She is also a design lecturer and researcher at School of Architecture and Design – King Mongkut’s University of Technology (KMUTT). Currently researching for sustainable design for elderly living between Thailand and Japan, she has been invited as guest speaker at universities in Thailand, Japan, and South East Asia.

Martin Schoch, PhD – Design Director / Partner

Dr. Martin Schoch is an architect, lecturer, and a Fulbright scholar. He has practiced his profession in New York, Germany, and Thailand. He is currently teaching at School of Architecture and Design (SoAD), King Mongkut University of Technology (KMUTT), and the International program in Design and Architecture at Chulalongkorn University (INDA). He is responsible for overlooking the technical and construction-related aspects of sustainable design in architecture.