Mr. NGUYEN TRISTAN CHINH
National Sales Director
Mr. Tristan Chinh is currently National Senior Sales Leader of LIXIL Vietnam - Brand Representative of GROHE, a German brand, famous for its smart, long-lasting and sustainable sanitary ware, bringing great value to users. He has many years of experience in managing and operating the group's business across the country.
Ms. LYNN WANG
Vice Secretary General
Ms. Lynn Wang, passionate about the organic lifestyle, sees herself as a LOHAS, low on carbon footprints and big on sustainability.
In 2012, Ms. Lynn Wang jointly initiated the Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards for Elite with the theme ‘Celebrating Creativity’, which has become one of the most important design awards in the Chinese community.
Ms. Lynn Wang has dedicated herself to providing Chinese and international designers with a platform for communication and cooperation.
Mr. JESPER THOMSEN
CEO of the OPAL Award (The Outstanding Property Award London) and jury member of numerous international design awards. Graduated with a Masters degree with distinction at Londons at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (UAL). Formerly a creative director in the digital media industry, and has completed exclusive interior design & Property Development projects in London as well as an avid fine art photographer. The OPAL Award identifies and rewards outstanding global projects within the disciplines of Property Development, Architectural Design, and Interior Design. The Award resides in London and is open to project submissions from all over the world.
Ms. HAI YEN NGO
Business Development Manager
DELHOM ACOUSTICS: Who are we?
Since 1995, we offer Acoustic Consultancy Services around the globe, starting from our agencies located in France, China, and Vietnam.
We are dedicated to prevent noise issues by creating acoustic spaces that will bring well-being & comfort to our customers and users.
Our expertise: 28 years of experience have enabled us to solve noise and vibration challenges in all types of environments including #buildings, #urbanism, #industries & #windfarms.
Mr. STEVE VAN AELST
Steve Van Aelst believes in creating meaningful and captivating places. Embracing complexity and challenges set, providing simple, elegant design solutions with a clear and strong vision.
Educated in Belgium with a Master’s degree in Architecture and Management, Steve moved from Belgium to UAE in 2007 and to Asia in 2010. He co-founded, together with his Business partner Tony Nguyen, Van Aelst I Nguyen & Partners in 2015 with offices in Belgium and Vietnam. Over the last years, Van Aelst I Nguyen and Partners had the opportunity working with various high-profile clients for various type mixed-use commercial and hospitality mid- to large-scale award-winning high-profile projects.
Mr. TRAN KHANH TRUNG
Chairman, Principal Architect
With over 36 years of experience, Mr. Trung has been operating the interior design office of TTT Architects since 1992 with more than 1,000 completed projects and many national architecture awards. In 2020, he holds the position of Vice Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City Architects Association and oversees the organization of the annual CPD seminars on professional development for architects. Moreover, he is a speaker and researcher in many fields of architecture, as well as interior with valuable sharing at many seminars and in specialized journals.
Dr. EMIL JONESCU
Head of Research and Development
Dr. Emil Jonescu, an accomplished architect associated with the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. As the Head of Research and Development at Hames Sharley, Emil is a visionary leader bridging the gap between scholarly research, private-sector innovation, and practical application. Transcending borders and fostering collaborations among academics and researchers on both national and global scales, he cultivates practice-led research that elevates the architectural profession.
Generously imparting his knowledge to emerging professionals and future leaders in the field through Dr Emil holds distinguished Industry Advisory Committee roles. His background encompasses leadership across three key sectors: government, private practice, and university academia. He possesses a unique ability to translate high-level industry research innovations into actionable solutions, a skill honed through first-hand experience addressing the intricate challenges faced by architects and designers, including the delicate balance of environmental, economic, and social sustainability.
Dr Emil excels in crafting research strategies, fostering collaboration, and ensuring the successful execution of complex projects with diverse parameters. He has secured and executed grants and orchestrated international cross-cultural research initiatives on vital topics such as urban indigenous communities, placemaking, and security. These endeavours underscore the paramount role of research in architectural practice.
Dr Emil's profound understanding of architecture's power to shape behaviour, coupled with his unwavering commitment to research-driven solutions, positions him as a driving force in shaping the future of the built environment. His work consistently yields meaningful advancements for transformative change in the world of architecture and design.
Mr. MICHELE D'ERCOLE
Founded in 2008, The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (ICHAM) has the main purpose of undertaking activites to support commercial exchanges between Italy and Vietnam, assisting economic agents and fostering the development of economic relations and cooperation among entrepreneurs of the various countries within Europe.
The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (Icham) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Vietnam Design Association (VDAS)
The purpose of this MoU is to advance the mutually beneficial informal working relationship between VDAS and Icham. VDAS mission, to develop Design Education and Thinking, Icham mission to improve the quality and impact of Design, come together in the emerging fields of Design development and production. These two organizations are therefore working together to ensure that we build unique and recognized Vietnam Design identity. Design Business and production, while providing vibrant, human suitable places for living and working. In essence VDAS and ICHAM are uniting in the goal of Promoting development of Design Meaning and Business Mind.The parties pledge to work together to help the development of Design meaning and business, and community better serve the needs of society through proper Design and Management. Two parties seek to advance their working relationship with respect to people needs and development-related issues, including, but not limited to the following:ks.
Ir. Prof. LAU HIENG HO
Pro-Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer
Professor Lau is the current Pro-Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of Swinburne Sarawak. He has over 18 years of extensive experience in teaching, research, and leadership at higher education level. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering and a PhD from the Oxford Brookes University, UK, and a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching from Curtin University. He is also a Professional Engineer with practicing certificate registered with the Board of Engineers, Malaysia (BEM) and a Chartered Professional Engineer with Engineers Australia (EA). Professor Lau’s expertise is in cold- formed steel construction with broader research interests in construction waste management and sustainable development. He has published many journal papers, conference papers, book chapters and conference proceedings, and technical articles in these research areas.
Mrs. TRAN NGOC DANH
Founder & CEO
Ms. Danh Tran is a Vice President of VDAS Design Association and Founder of VMARK Vietnam Design Award. She graduated from the university with a major in Brand & Communication Design and has trained in many countries around the world in skills to develop the national creative industry (Denmark, Italy, UK, Japan, Korea...)
With over 20 years of management experience in the design industry and the diverse activities related to the design field, she knows all of the aspects of her job. The process from concept to production, strategic planning, to customer contact. Her understanding of the local, international market and potential of the creative industries in Vietnam has connected her with international business partners, design organizations and multinational companies.
Ms. Danh Tran has strong Creative Entrepreneur skills. She has in-depth knowledge of the different creative segments and is able to communicate effectively.
Ms. Danh’s goal is to grow and nurture the next generation of Vietnamese designers through education, awareness, and work experience. She and her colleagues founded the Design Association in Vietnam with the goal of building a Vietnamese Creative and Design Community with a solid identity, connectivity & global recognition.
Mr. SHAWN ENG
Business Development Director
As Okamura's business development director across the Asia Pacific region, Shawn is adept at identifying new markets, and opportunities, and changing consumer demands in the workspace.
A firm believer in sustainability and agility in business innovation, he is at the forefront of impactful value creation.
Based in Singapore, Shawn has been featured in multiple publications such as the Business Times, The Straits Times, Zao Bao, and Nikkei Asia on notable projects and topics such as Work Goes Hybrid.
Mr. CUNG THÀNH ĐẠT
Dipl. Arch. ETH/ SIA Vorstand / CEO
Cung Thanh Dat was born in 1982 in Hanoi, Viet Nam. He studied for master of architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich ( ETH Zurich).
Since 2009, he has worked with Professor Dietmar Eberle who directed the internationally acclaimed company of Baumschlager Eberle Architekten which currently has 29 offices around the world in 15 countries.
He was studied at Design Workshops, was a Jury member, speaker, and advisor in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, Poland, Hong Kong...
In 2011, Mr Cung Thanh Dat was CEO and became a Partner of Baumschlager Eberle Architekten Vietnam. In 2015 he became the partner of Baumschlager Eberle Architekten Holding. Currently he holds the position Director of Business Development in Asia.
Mr Cung Thanh Dat is a member of The Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects (SIA).
Ph.D. MASSIMILIANO MARGARONE
Founder & CEO
Massimiliano Margarone is an electronic engineer with extensive expertise in digital transformation and the development of new digital-based business models. His approach combines technological innovation, user experience, and design thinking to create innovative solutions. He has played a facilitating role in fostering dialogue between art, design, technology, and science as part of industrial processes.
He graduated from the University of Genoa and later obtained a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the same university. Throughout his studies and career, he has published over 30 scientific papers in international conferences and journals, primarily focusing on Human-Computer Interaction and Virtual Heritage.
In 2010, Margarone founded SPX Lab, where he serves as the CEO. SPX Lab is a company that integrates technology, design, and art to deliver innovative solutions and services in the realm of digital transformation and new business model development.
Additionally, he is a member of ICHAM, the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, indicating his active involvement in business relations between Italy and Vietnam. Massimiliano Margarone's experience and expertise position him as a seasoned professional at the intersection of technology, design, and digital innovation. He is also credited with inventing Mirò, a new concept for self-reflection.
Mr. DANIELS CHANDRA
Director, Digital Technology
Daniels has more than 23 years of experience in architecture design and technology. He leads ONG&ONG Group’s multidisciplinary digital transformation by way of managing enterprise-wide strategic digital framework, implementation of BIM, Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) and Integrated Digital Delivery (IDD) technologies. Daniels has been implementing BIM since 2003 for a variety of projects including health facilities, infrastructure, mixed-use, commercial, master planning as well as residential developments. The scope of BIM implementation ranges from conceptual design and construction through to facility management. Under his digital technology leadership, ONG&ONG Group has won BIM competitions and awards including Platinum Awards for organization category in the BCA IDD Awards 2021 and BCA BIM Awards 2016. In addition, the firm become one of the pioneers in Singapore to be accredited in ISO 19650 Part 1 & 2 (International BIM standards). Prior to joining ONG&ONG Group Daniels has worked with several leading architecture firms in Sydney, Australia where he spent over a decade of his career. During his time there he contributed his design and technology expertise to several high-profile Australian commercial and government projects in which he successfully implemented BIM technology. Some highlights from his previous BIM project experience include major healthcare and infrastructure projects in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide.
Prof. KHOA DO
Professor, Head of Design Education in Practice
Professor Do is an accomplished executive leader with extensive experience and consummate achievements in multiple internationally recognised and awarded-winning global research and scholarship. The teaching programs and projects he leads have sustained a record of success in attracting local, state, federal and international backing through numerous funding sources.
• Award-winning senior-level professional and educator with experience as a director, executive and lead of public and private sectors in university-wide and professional communities for over 20 years.
• A highly analytical decision-maker in the methodology of creative systems thinking. Experienced in establishing and implementing strategic plans for turning around challenging and complex situations to deliver positive operational outcomes, along with a proven history of increasing productivity and impact value scalability.
• A highly self-motivated trailblazer who consistently wins highly competitive large grant funding with impactful education programs locally and internationally.
• Seasoned executive with in-depth knowledge of emerging global pedagogy in international education and commercial market opportunities, having established academic and industry relationships across Asia, including Singapore, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Taiwan.
Hames Sharley’s National Head of Design Education in Practice, Professor Do, leads the design knowledge development, supporting the best practices with the approach of a scholarly in-practice design research methodology.
Mr. TAKASHI NIWA
Born in 1979 in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan
Professor of Kyoto University of the Arts
Winner of International Competition of Tran Hung Dao Bridge, Hanoi, Vietnam
Winner of International Competition of Saigon River footbridge, HCMC, Vietnam
Establish Takashi Niwa Architects Japan in Tokyo
Establish Takashi Niwa Architects in Hanoi
Visiting researcher of Vietnam Japan University (VJU)
Partner of Vo Trong Nghia Architects (VTN architects), Representative of VTN Hanoi office
Architect of Noriaki Okabe Architecture Network (NOAN)
Winner of Groundscape Design Workshop
M.Eng. (Architecture and building science), Graduate school of Tokyo Metropolitan University
B.Eng. (Architecture and building science), Tokyo Metropolitan University
A. Eng. (Architecture), Ishikawa National College of Technology
Mr. DAVID CHING
Chief Executive Officer, Vietnam • Architecture
David has worked under the auspices of BEP Malaysia, Chartered Architects Malaysia and Chua Ka Seng Singapore. Between 1989 and 1995, he was Jurong Bird Park's Director of Planning & Development.
He has also ventured into China, India and Vietnam. He set up a full-fledged multi-disciplinary firm in Ho Chi Minh City in 2007 and was the main contractor of a 1500-unit social housing development in Danang City.