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Changemaker Stories: Paul Thanakorn Vorapanich
Changemaker Stories: Paul Thanakorn Vorapanich


Architecture major Paul Thanakorn Vorapanich always dreamed of becoming an architect for the rich and famous. But his goals changed when he got involved in a design-build project at an orphanage in Haiti through the PSU School of Architecture's Center for Public Interest Design. He discovered that he could use the skills and expertise he was developing at Portland State to “help better the lives of people who really actually need it.”

Portland State University is part of the Ashoka U Changemaker Campus consortium, a select group of institutions of higher education that demonstrate commitment and cutting edge approaches to galvanizing solutions to major human and environmental challenges. Ashoka believes in an “Everyone a Changemaker” world. So does Portland State.

Paul has been involved with numerous co-curricular learning opportunities during his time at PSU, including the 3-Dimensional Art Association student group, the PSU-Wells Fargo Cleantech Challenge, and American Institute of Architects professional network. He was also one of four students who flew to Kansas in collaboration with the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation and the PSU Urban Sustainability Accelerator for a studio project on the revitalization of Downtown Wichita. 

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