When architect Kulapat Yantrasast observes a new project, he often sees the building as being alive. Yantrasast is the creative mind behind landmarks, unique homes and art museums across the world. He’s been involved in the creation of the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Michigan, the Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles and the renovation of the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. And interestingly, Yantrasast has completed two significant projects here in Louisville and has a third effort now in the works. “Instead of trying to do surgery or something of that sort, you try to reconnect the spirit or the function of that building to really emphasize on key [strategic] points within the plan,” Yantrasast said in a phone interview. “That’s kind of the strategy I use, especially for historic buildings that are getting renovated and expanded.” Yantrasast was named architect for the Speed Art Museum’s modern addition in 2009, a project in which he aimed to inject life back into the historic building. The $60 million renovation reopened to the public in 2016. He also is the architect behind the recently completed America Place in Jeffersonville’s River Ridge Commerce Center, a facility that is part office building, part art museum. And, he’s now working on another project in the Louisville area – a proposed structure for The Kentucky Center for the Arts at Paristown Pointe.