HCMC Design Forum – drilling down on cultural sustainability


green-leafJoin us on Saturday, December 3, 2016, at the GEM Center in Ho Chi Minh City, to welcome industry leaders and experts at our first KOHLER Design Forum for insightful information and experience sharing related to sustainability in design and their visionary approaches in this area. The participants gain information on the latest trends and knowledge on sustainable development through multidisciplinary approaches respectively cultural sustainability.

elle-logoLarry Yuen, President Kohler Kitchen and Bath, and Sen Hoa, publisher of Elle Decoration, will lead the audience through the afternoon and moderate the panel discussion and Q&A session.

The guest speakers and panelists Marco Sepulveda, Nguyen Hoang Manh, Thien Duong, and Tan Lun Cheak will focus on the challenges and opportunities of delivering world-class hospitality architecture designs in a viable, sustainable and environmentally friendly way.


designforum_logoThe topics will range from sustainable investment to promoting the beauty of local culture. The panelists will discuss the development of sustainable design in the next ten years and how companies can incorporate and reflect sustainable design in their goals. At Kohler for example, we set defined one of our global goals to achieve net-zero carbon footprint by 2035. To achieve this, we adapt manufacturing processes to make them more sustainable and create environmentally friendly initiatives in every corner of the world where we are present, to name just a few.
The guest speakers not only come from Vietnam for this forum, but as far as Australia.

marcoMarco Sepulveda is the general manager sustainability of EarthCheck. In his role he leads the development and management of EarthCheck’s sustainability products and services globally. He takes the audience on a journey to learn about principles of tools and standards of sustainable design.

EarthCheck is the world’s leading benchmarking certification and advisory group for travel and tourism. The multi-disciplinary team of scientists and business people delivers responsible products and services around business practices. These include benchmarking and certification, best practice in sustainable designs based on guidelines and tools and assessment indicators, courses, apps and more.

nguyenThe Vietnamese architect Nguyen Hoang Manh, co-founder of MIA Design Studio, focuses on tropical architecture and a friendly, humane living environment. A native of the central Vietnamese coastal province of Lang Son, Hoang Manh graduated from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture and got a Master in Architecture in Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium. Subsequently he co-founded MIA Design Studio and has since won many international architecture awards.
Thien Duongthien-dong is the managing director of Transform Architecture and a registered Class 1 architect and member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). He is inspired by architecture that combines indoors and outdoors while homing in on sustainable construction.

Thien Duong has more than 17 years of experience in working on large scale projects in many parts of the world. In Vietnam, he is a well-known architect and master planner and sits on the Board of Directors of the Vietnam Green Building Council. He also guest lectures at the University of Architecture of HCMC and is a mentor for young architects in Australia.

tan-lunTan Lun Cheak, our Studio Director Asia Pacific, addresses the sustainable product design and how Kohler’s philosophy of gracious living perfectly meshes with commercially viable and environmentally friendly interior designs. He talks about some or our sustainable products and product ranges that fit the concept of sustainable design.

UK-born Singaporean Lun Cheak has won multiple design awards e.g. for his collaborative work on the graphic novel “01321” the Digital Art Gold Award in the inaugural Comgraph Asia Pacific Digital Art & Animation Competition. In addition, Lun Cheak is also the co-founder of the Singapore design collective “Little Thoughts Group” where designers from all disciplines explore and challenge the cultural status-quo of Singapore through product design.


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