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“Sometimes we just ask the question: how many green areas, how many big trees, can we give back to our earth when we design the building?”

Bio

He’s been called Vietnam’s Bamboo architect. But bamboo is just one of the low-cost, high strength materials Vo Trong Nghia uses to create sustainable, affordable buildings for modern cities.

He has created giant halls solely using the natural building material – “the steel of the 21st century,” he’s called it – but is equally at home creating low cost housing that resists natural disasters from traditional, prefabricated materials.

His Makoko Floating School is situated on the lagoon at the heart of Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos, and provides a multi-storey school building that glides on top of recycled plastic containers.

The Master: Why I chose Vo Trong Nghia

“Most young architects are obsessed with trying to get a career, trying to build a house for their mother, and start their business,” says internationally heralded architect David Adjaye.

“But every so often there’s a voice which speaks through a different lens. And I think those are very powerful flashpoints. And I think Kunlé represents that spark.”

What the fans say

And Adeyemi earned a place alongside master architect David Adjaye as one of Africa’s most exciting architects:

In his words