Interview with Hoang Thuc Hao, winner of the 2017 Vassilis Sgoutas Prize for Implemented Architecture Serving the Impoverished

Vietnamese architect Hoang Thuc Hao has long been recognised in Vietnam for his commitment to vernacular architecture in rural communities. Born in Hanoi on 2 May 1971, Hoang Thuc Hao went on to study Civil Engineering at Viet Nam’s National University, where he continues to lecture on sustainable architecture, and the Polytechnic University of Turin in Italy. His innovative work in marginalised communities has earned him international recognition.,…

Letter from the President of the UIA - Esa Mohamed

Dear Mr. Hoang, It is my very great honour to announce to you that in recognition of your invaluable contribution to the field of architecture, the International Union of Architects has declared you the recipient of the 2017 Vassilis Sgoutas Prize. The Vassilis Sgoutas Prize, named for past UIA President Vassilis Sgoutas, recognizes inventive, implemented architectural solutions for reducing poverty and indigence. The Jury has recognized your commitment to ameliorating the daily lives of Vietnamese people living in poverty in highland and rural areas of Viet Nam while respecting both local traditional cultures and the natural environment. On behalf of the International Union of Architects, an international organization representing architects worldwide, it is my pleasure to cordially welcome you to receive your award at our Awards Ceremony, to be held at the 26th UIA Congress in Seoul on 6 September 2017, at which time I hope to be able to congratulate you in person. Sincerely, Esa Mohamed, UIA President ,…

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