Often referred to as 'the bamboo architect,' Vo Trong Nghia is a Vietnamese architect and a champion of sustainability. Having founded his firm not long ago in 2006, Vo Trong Nghia Architects is the recipient of several awards such as that of the World Architecture Festival (2014), ARCASIA Building of the Year (2012) and many others.

I had a chance to chat with him while he was in Dhaka recently for Bengal Institute’s 'Now! Next' symposiums. Despite his renown, I found him extremely down-to-earth, passionately discussing his philosophy while maintaining a continuous smile.