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Vo Trong Nghia

Portrait of Dezeen Awards 2019 judge Vo Trong Nghia

Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia is principal and a founding partner of Vo Trong Nghia Architects.

Founded in 2006, Vo Trong Nghia Architects experiments with natural elements and inexpensive local materials to create buildings with a contemporary aesthetic. The studio, with offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, designs residential, hospitality, commercial and masterplanning projects.

Vo Trong Nghia incorporates plants in many of its residential projects, exploring new ways of creating green architecture for the 21st century.The studio initiated the House for Trees project to help reintroduce green spaces into the country's increasingly high-density urban areas. Recent residential projects include Breathing House with a canopy of climbing plants, and Stepping Park House with interiors filled with plants and trees, both located in Ho Chi Minh City.

Other recent projects include an office building at Hanoi FPT University with trees incorporated into the chequerboard-facade and a showroom for Panasonic in Hanoi with a perforated terracotta facade.

The architect was named the Vietnamese Architect of the Year in 2012 and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2014. He is an advocate for architectural education, currently lecturing at the Nagoya Institute of Technology and acting as visiting professor at both the Hiroshima Institute of Technology and Singapore University of Technology and Design.

Stacked Planters House, a nature-filled family house built for three generations was shortlisted in the house category for Dezeen Awards 2018. Nocenco Cafe, which has a swirling bamboo ceiling, was also shortlisted for the rebirth project category.

www.votrongnghia.com

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