Downtown Ho Chi Minh City, where FUV's second campus will be located. Image © Pixabay user dMz. Licensed under CC0 Public Domain

Downtown Ho Chi Minh City, where FUV's second campus will be located. Image © Pixabay user dMz. Licensed under CC0 Public Domain

SHoP Architects has been selected as lead master planners and designers of the campus for Fulbright University Vietnam (FUV) to be located in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The new university, announced in 2016 by President Obama on his visit to the country, is Vietnam’s first independent, non-profit institution of higher education. The university was established with the goal of offering innovative teaching programs and impactful research that will serve the country’s continued development and finding solutions to the large problems facing Vietnam and the world.


Saigon Hi-Tech Park, site of FUV's future main campus. Image © Wikimedia user Nguyễn Thanh Quang. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Saigon Hi-Tech Park, site of FUV's future main campus. Image © Wikimedia user Nguyễn Thanh Quang. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

SHoP was selected as the winner of the competition for the masterplan and design ahead of more than a dozen internationally-reputable firms. The campus will split across two sites within Ho Chi Minh City: a 25-hectare (62-acre) main campus at the Saigon High Tech Park in District 9 and a one-hectare (2.5-acre) downtown campus in District 7, which will focus on professional education and advancing public connections.

“Working with the FUV team from the ground up to develop the university’s programs and spaces is an incredible honor and just the sort of challenge we thrive on,” SHoP Principal Gregg Pasquarelli said. “The best buildings and public spaces often come from a process where architects are given the chance to push the envelope beyond traditional design services.”

Work on the project has already begun, with the first facilities anticipated to open in 2018.

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