Rice Design Alliance Announces Tropical Space as 2022 Spotlight Award Winner | News


Nguyen Hai Long and Tran Thi Ngu Ngon from tropical space. Image courtesy of Espace Tropical

A week after the departure of its director Maria Nicanor, the Rice Design Alliance (RDA) at Rice University announced that Vietnamese firm Tropical Space would be the winner of this year’s Spotlight Award, recognizing outstanding architectural talent still at the start of their career.

The 11-year-old practice operates out of Ho Chi Minh City and focuses on the rare tropical application of brick as a building material to “create values ​​of architectural aesthetics and inspiring stories of local sustainability”. It is the brainchild of Nguyen Hai Long and Tran Thi Ngu Ngon, and its work in areas ranging from urban design to interiors has won numerous awards from various architectural publications and the Regional Council of Architects in Asia (ARCASIA).

LT House by Tropical Space.  Photo: Trieu Chien.

LT House by Tropical Space. Photo: Trieu Chien.

“Tropical Space is a smart, environmentally conscious and locally rooted practice based in Vietnam. Projects such as Long An House, Organicare Showroom and Terra Cotta Studio reveal innovations in typologies and material culture that disrupt accepted notions of what it means to design and work in dense contexts and humid environments,” said Deepa Ramaswamy , member of the selection committee and assistant professor. in the history and theory of architecture and urban planning at the University of Houston. “Tropical Space’s use of matter, light, and scale quietly and carefully sets a precedent that cannot be ignored.”

The duo will receive a cash prize in addition to giving the annual spotlight lecture at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston on February 23. Tickets are extremely limited and can be pre-booked online. A live stream of the conference can also be found by following the link to RDA’s YouTube channel here.

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