SWA Vietnam is a progressive medium-sized firm providing architecture, interior design and other design-related services. It’s head office, Stephen Woolley Associates, Architects in the US was founded over 20 years ago and prides itself on its accountability and commitment to each and every project.
SWA’s branch in Vietnam was established in 2000 in Ho Chi Minh City and has since evolved into one of the best-known architectural practices with high-profile commercial projects across the country.
Implicit in our work at SWA Vietnam is the search for quality, which concerns the character and atmosphere of spaces. This has to be achieved amidst the practical constraints of the developing world. There are inevitable tensions between what is desirable and what is possible; between what one would like to achieve and what one can afford.
Our design process aims to close these gaps using such constraints as a springboard for ideas from which quality solutions develop, solutions that give rise to coherent, functional and safe buildings appropriate to the everyday activities, which they will contain and represent.
LIST OF KEY ARCHITECTS
Ngo Xuan Viet, General Director
Education: Bachelor of Architecture, University of Ho Chi Minh City, 1993 Registration: Chartered Professional Architect in Vietnam, 1998 Membership:Institute of Architects, HCMC.
Mr. Viet joined SWA Vietnam Co., Ltd in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in 2000, bringing his skills and experience at project, facilities, construction practices and management. Before coming to SWA Vietnam, he spent eight years as Senior Architect/Operations Manager of Project Design and Development Company (a joint venture of Norfolk Development Group of Australia and Construction Department). He worked as a design architect in Stephen Woolley and Associates, Architects in Los Angeles, the U.S. in 2000. Prior to this, he worked in Scott Carver Design Company in Sydney, Australia in an association program in 1996
He is experienced in Architectural, Interior Design and Master Planning for a variety of commercial, residential and industrial projects. Some of his largest projects are Unilever‘s 59,000sqm Distribution Center in Binh Duong province; the well-known Lancaster Mixed-Use in District 1, HCMC; Internet City Office Building and IT Center of FPT in Industrial Park - District 9, HCMC; National Children Hospital in Hanoi, 113ha Integrated Resort in Binh Chau – Vung Tau province; 650ha An Phu Hung Township in Hoc Mon; 65,000sqm complex in Nha Trang; An Phu Plaza in Ly Chinh Thang St.; Pullman Saigon Center in Tran Hung Dao St.; Saigon Airport Plaza in Tan Binh District. By handling these projects in the position of Principal Architect from the design stage through completion and hand over, he gained practical experience working in very tough construction market of Vietnam. He has a reputation for maintaining a high level of professional integrity in all situations.
While at Stephen Woolley Associate, Architects in Los Angeles, Mr. Viet has been fully responsible for detail design for the projects in the U.S including 5-storey office building for Boeing in Los Angeles and Valley High School in Santa Ana, CA. Having a thorough understanding of the creative design process, which is complimented by his experience in construction administration, Mr. Viet enjoys the challenge of meeting client needs, and is well versed in building codes. He also has experience in working with building officials to achieve successful and smoothly run projects and be able to anticipate potential problems on these projects and find solutions that meet the needs of all the various parties involved. Mr. Viet is being the company’s share holder and Operations Director; and under Mr. Viet’s management, SWA Vietnam received Top 10 Awards for market leaders in Architecture continuously in 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2013 by BCI Asia.
Ngo Xuan Nam, Technical Director
Education: Bachelor of Architecture, University of Ho Chi Minh City, 1998
Registration: Chartered Professional Architect in Vietnam, 2003
Mr. Nam joined SWA Vietnam Co., Ltd in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in 2000. Before coming to SWA Vietnam, he was design architect in Phong Chau Design and Construction Company from 1998 to 1999, as well as freelance designer for several private housing and commercial projects in Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong province. While at SWA Vietnam, Mr. Nam has been handled in new high-rise building designs from the schematic design phase through completion including Pullman Saigon Center; Saigon Airport Plaza; SSG Tower; The Lancaster commercial and condominium tower in central district of Ho Chi Minh City; a 65,000sqm complex in Nha Trang City. In addition, he has also been responsible for construction document designs for the offshore projects, some can be counted as Valley High School in Santa Ana, California; Ahmanson Recruit Training Center (Los Angeles Police Department) in West Manchester Avenue, Los Angeles; Glass Building of Warner Brother (base building and tenant improvement) in Burbank, California; S50 office building and facilities of Boeing Satellite Systems in El Segundo, California; full floor tenant improvement project for the law firm Jackson, Lewis, Schnizler & Krupman in downtown Los Angeles.
Mr. Nam has a thorough understanding of the design process and all aspects of building construction. He enjoys building to meet the needs of clients and the challenge of staying within budget. He is well versed in building codes and graphic softwares and has worked with many officials to ensure timely project completion.
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