Nguyen Hai Long and Tran Thi Ngu Ngon

Nguyen Hai Long and Tran Thi Ngu Ngon, Principals, Tropical Space.
Nguyen Hai Long and Tran Thi Ngu Ngon.
March 8, 2022
5:30 p.m.

2022 Spotlight Award + Lecture

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston



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Nguyen Hai Long and Tran Thi Ngu Ngon, Founding Principals, Tropical Space, Vietnam, will present the Spotlight Lecture on Tuesday, March 8, at 5:30 p.m., at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston as recipients of the 2022 Rice Design Alliance Spotlight Award. 

Founded in 2011, Tropical Space is an architecture firm based in Ho Chi Minh city. The firm specializes in urban design, master planning, architecture, and landscape and interior design.
“Architecture in tropical climates is always associated with rain, sunlight, and wind. Inhabitants in a tropical area tend to be open with the idea of bringing nature into their accommodation. We’ve tried to create the living capacity where humans staying inside could share the environmental responsibility, along with the surrounding community. Through our work we’ve also delivered the inspiration of brickwork architecture through friendly, flexible, and adaptive design solutions in order to create values of architectural aesthetics and inspiring stories about local sustainability only by using that simple material,” said the firm's team.
The firm has received numerous awards and recognitions for their work, including the ARCASIA Award for Architecture 2019, Long An House, Single Residential Category, AAA19, Gold Prize; A+ Award 2019, Organicare Showroom, Showroom Category, People Choice Winner; ARCASIA Award for Architecture 2018, Terra Cotta Studio, Sustainability, Gold Prize; and the ARCASIA Award for Architecture 2018, LT House, Single Family Residential Projects, Honorable Mention, among  others.
The Spotlight Award recognizes the work of exceptionally gifted national and international architects in the early stages of their professional career who have demonstrated design excellence and curiosity through their body of work.
Learn more about the Spotlight Award and view a list of past awardees here.
RDA’s programs are made possible through the generous support of RDA members and Underwriters: Harvey | Harvey-Cleary, Agile Interiors, Tellepsen Family, ABB/Wholesale Electric Supply Co. of Houston, Big State Electric, Brochsteins, CED Houston, HKS, Inc., KenMor Engineering, Marek, Turner Construction, and Walter P Moore. Additional programming support is provided by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts. 
The Spotlight Award Lecture is eligible for one AIA/CES Learning Unit. Rice Architecture is an AIA/CES Registered Provider of quality educational programs.