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Speaker: Dr. Trần Văn Thành
Date: 17 November 2018
Time: 4 – 6pm
Language: Vietnamese with English translation

For many centuries, light has played an important role in the creation, design, display and function of both the visual arts and architecture. From the ancient Greek temples to the Renaissance churches, in early human dwellings all the way to public spaces in this digital age, light remains both a medium and an undeniable source of inspiration. In this talk by Dr. Trần Văn Thành (of ASA Studios Lighting Design – www.asastudios.com), we will see how creations ‘Made of Light’ reflect the necessity of light in the practice of key master artists and architects. Furthermore, this is also a rare opportunity to hear more about current trends and emerging development in the art of lighting design in Vietnam.

Dr. Trần Văn Thành is considered Vietnam’s pioneering professional lighting designer, founder and director of ASA Studios Lighting Design, a leader in its field, well-known for their creative work for the Dragon Bridge (Danang) which won the prestigious IALD Lighting Design Award in 2012. Originally trained as an architect, Dr. Thành later pursued his passion with lighting design in Germany and UK, holding a PhD in Lighting & the Built Environment from The Cass School of Art & Design, London. He has been involved in numerous world-class projects such as the Mercedes Benz Museum with UN Studios, the Heydar Aliyev Center with Zaha Hadid Architects, the Crossrail Canary Wharf with Foster and Partners. In Vietnam, he recently completed the lighting for Deutsches Haus (HCMC); and several high-end hospitality projects such as the Intercontinental Phu Quoc Resort andthe Mezz at Sofitel Saigon. Recognized internationally, Dr. Thành is a member of the International Association of Lighting Designers, and a lighting consultant for global luxury chains such as Accor, Marriott, Hilton, IHG, and Hyatt. He is also a keen researcher in lighting and architecture, a visiting lecturer, speaker, jury, and postgraduate reader in several universities, conferences, and design competitions in Vietnam and the South East Asian. 

*Image: Heydar Aliyev Centre, Azerbaijan by Zaha Hadid Architects

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