Vietnam’s renowned architect Vo Trong Nghia has won six Green Wood Design Awards for his works, one in Italy and five others in Vietnam.
The six buildings include the Vietnam Pavilion in Milan, Naman Hay Hay Restaurant in Da Nang, Community House and S House 3 in Ho Chi Minh City, Naman Babylon in Da Nang and the FPT University Building in Hanoi.
The annual awards were granted by the Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies.
It aims to bestow international recognition to outstanding individuals and entities for their products, services, programs, ideas, and concepts that have forwarded exceptional thinking and inspired greater progress toward a more healthier and more sustainable universe.
Among Nghia’s awarded works is the S House 3, is a 30-square meter house for the poor that costs only US$2,500. It can be used for up to 50 years.
Nghia, 40, was born to a farmer family with seven children in the central province of Quang Binh.
He studied architecture at the Nagoya Institute of Technology and the University of Tokyo.
He established Vo Trong Nghia Architects design company in 2006.
He has been known for developing sustainable architectural designs by integrating inexpensive, local materials and traditional skills with contemporary aesthetics and modern methodologies.
Nghia has received numerous awards, including World Architecture Festival Award, ARCASIA award, WAN 21 for 21 Award and FuturArc Green Leadership Award.