Using timber legally and sustainably in construction, architecture and interior designs in Vietnam

Timber is widely used in construction and interior decoration because of its special characteristics. Timber is a material which is aesthetic and suitable for both modern and traditional designs. Nowadays, with the development of modern timber technologies, timber material may have similar efficiency to concrete but it is a green, more sustainable and more environmentally friendly alternative. If iron and steel materials proliferated in the 19th century and the 20th century, then the defining material of the 21st century is timber. Scientists and architects are encouraging a new tendency, which is “time of timber”, of skyscrapers entirely built of timber around the world.

The population of Vietnam and the whole world is increasing day by day. This leads to the result of increase in demands for housing and infrastructures as well. If all of houses in urban areas are built of steel and concrete, climate change will happen faster. Therefore, we need a more sustainable alternative solution; and timber is the only one which is adequate and renewable material meeting the need.

The workshop is organized to raise awareness of requirements for using timber and timber products legally. Besides, the workshop also aims at encouraging young architects, engineers, construction managers and interior designers to use timber sustainably in designs, constructions and interiors through discussion with people who are experts in forestry, or architects from large and reputable companies of timber design and manufacturing in Vietnam.

Duration: 09:00 UTC+07 – 11:00 UTC+07, Saturday, September 4th, 2021
Platform: online dialogue via Microsoft Teams and will be livestreamed on Facebook fanpage:

Main contents:
– Trends of timber use in Vietnam and around the world;
– What is legal timber? sustainable timber?
– Opportunities for students in design, construction and interior industries;
– Using timber, recycled materials and scraps in designing;
– Requirements for temporary designers and architects (knowledge, skills)

– CED representatives
– Experts in Forestry and Timber Processing industries
– Lecturers and students from universities across Vietnam
– Representatives from design and architecture companies
– Young environment leaders

Guest Speakers:
1. Ms. Tô Kim Liên, Director of the Center for Education and Development (CED)
2. Mr. Ngô Sỹ Hoài, Vice-President and General Secretary, Vietnam Timber and Forest Product Association (VIFOREST)
3. Mr. Nguyễn Chánh Phương, Architect, Vice-President and Secretary General at HAWA, Deputy General Manager at AA Corporation
4. Mr. Lương Quang Hùng, Expert in Forestry and Timber Supplies, IKEA Cooperation
5. Mr. Phạm Thanh Huy, Chief Architect, Founder and CEO at 282 Design
6. Mr. Trần Hữu Thọ, Chief Architect, Director of Gia My Studio
7. Assoc. Prof. – Ph.D. Arch. Nguyễn Vũ Phương, Rector of MienTrung University of Civil Engineering
8. Ph.D. Arch. Đặng Hoàng Vũ, Architect, Assistant Dean of Faculty of Architecture, Hanoi Architectural University
9. M.S. Arch .Nguyễn Trường Giang, Lecturer at Faculty of Architecture and Planning, National University of Civil Engineering

Contact: Ms. Pham Thi Hai Yen (CED), email: