Architect of Kamalaya Koh Samui

Robert Powell

Architect for Kamalaya Koh Samui

Robert Powell, Australia born and educated artist and architect, has lived and worked primarily in Asia for the past 30 years. He spent his first seven months documenting the architecture of Ladakh when this region opened to Western visitors in 1974.

Robert's fascination for the mountain cultures of the Himalayas has led to diverse projects, commissions, and inspired artwork primarily in the regions of Nepal and India, as well as in Pakistan and China.

Previous architectural and design commissions to Kamalaya that integrate a reverence for their surrounding nature include a two-hectare Islamic garden for King Khaled of Saudi Arabia, and a jungle resort in the Royal Chitwan National Park in Nepal.

Robert Powell's enduring interest in the cultural traditions of the Himalaya regions is documented in water-colors and ink and pencil drawings of numerous settlements. His detailed renderings of traditional buildings and the symbolic features found on exteriors and interiors create an extensive collection of artwork that has been exhibited worldwide and represented in numerous publications.

Most recently, he is working on a private dwelling nearby to Kamalaya, Koh Samui, in addition to a series of artworks representing the ruins of Angor in Cambodia.