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It was very exciting that when I had a look at the old materials to put into this portfolio, I found a lot of Venice’s images that I unintentionally copied from someone several years ago. Perhaps when I took those images, I had never known that I might be there someday. Life is a journey where you will never know what is at the end of the rainbow. Image: Tung Nguyen, Venice 2013

NGUYEN KHANH TUNG PERSONAL DETAILS DOB: 17 October 1984 Gender: Male Marital status: Married Email: Mobile: +84 909 599 678

EDUCATION BACKGROUND 06/2013 - current

Master of Urban Development & Design - University of New South Wales.

09/2003 – 07/2008

Bachelor of Architecture (Urban Planning) - Ho Chi Minh city University of Architecture - Final GPA: 6.8. Ranked: Fairly Good.

07/2002 – 08/2003

Gap year. Preparation for university entry examination.

09/1999 – 06/2002

High School Diploma Nguyen Thuong Hien High School - Final GPA: 8.0. Ranked: Good.



• Australian Awards Scholarship (2012 intake). • Commissioner Hoffman Urban Design Award 2013 - Faculty of Built Environment | University of New South Wales. • 2013 Dean’s List Award - Faculty of Built Environment | University of New South Wales.

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY 11/2008 – current

Architect / Urban Planner - Southern Sub Institute for Urban & Rural Planning (SIUP) - Vietnam Institute of Architecture, Urban & Rural Planning - Ministry of Construction.

06/2007 – 10/2008

Project Collaborator - An Hoa Son Architectural Design Consultant & Planning Co.

06/2007 – 10/2008

Architect / Interiors Designer - Art–Stream Constructional Join Stock Co.

AutoCad, 3DS MAX, V-Ray Rendering, SketchUp, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Microsoft Office.

LANGUAGE SKILLS • Vietnamese (Mother Tongue). • English (IELTS 7.0).

PERSONAL INTERESTS Photography, Kendo, Iaido, Reading...

Urban Design is the career that I’m keen on pursuing

Spending most of my childhood with a bunch of colour pencils, I grew up to be a student of Urban Planning major at the most prestigious university teaching Architecture and related-courses in my hometown city. Since then, instead of drawing magnificent but purely imaginative childish images, I start to draw plans that can affect life of a large amount of people, or even strategy to develop the whole nation’s economy and society. At first, in the most beautiful years of a man’s life, ‘student time’, I devoted my young mind and whole-hearted head to make splendid urban planning projects. I lead a team and overcame all first challenges of leadership: working in a small group of people with different points of view, needs and interests, and directing them to one final united goal. Later on, I joined the workforce as a government employee and participated in real-life planning projects. I found myself more and more fascinated in this meaningful career. I enjoyed every single work from as simple as designing a green place for the Hi-tech Park of Ho Chi Minh City, to as important as detailing plans of new towns, residential areas and industrial parks in the West and East of Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta regions. More and more deeply I realize that the core of my job is to draw practical and humane solutions for the development of a country. Most recently, I took part in a major project called New Countryside Development Program conducted by the Government. My duty is working in a team of government officers, architects and urban planners to make master and detail

planning projects for the ‘New Rural Areas’ in the buffer zone connecting Mekong Delta region to Ho Chi Minh City. The target of the Program is to reform a whole rural area while retain the original cultural character of the local inhabitants. The Program is an economic-social process in order to create new values of economy, society, culture and environment in the era of industrialization and modernization of Vietnam. Although there are some difficulties in the way that the program should be operated, I believe that it will make a huge contribution in creating a new face for the countryside of Vietnam in the future. On performing my duties in this major project, I found that there is still a huge distant from methodology which lie on researching papers and drawings to the real life, even if they are proposed by foreign experts. Those experts have advanced skills and knowledge, but they lack of the sense of being a local with a full package of history and life style and culture… attached. In the other hand, I’m a local but found myself fumbling for the way to connect everything - urban design with the broader social, economic and environmental urban processes - in an achievable project that works in a long-term prospect. In order to fulfill that distance, I need to earn more professional knowledge and experiences by undertaking further studies in graduate level. Among the list of fields of knowledge that are useful for my future career such as urban management, ecological planning, economic and social issues of urban life, urban heritage conservation…, I’ve identified two most important things. Firstly, it is how to approach the issue of

urban design and development in the angle of urban economic and social element in order to create a living community activities and public spaces. Secondly, it is how to achieve the solutions to make an urban development project achievable - be successfully implemented in the reality, not only a “hanging (pending) project” as we usually sneer at. The Master of Urban Development & Design program in UNSW is very well-structured and meets all my needs: intensive yet practical with a strong focus on studio studies and Asia-Pacific region. More especially, it also offers students field projects based in world’s major cities such as Barcelona, Venice, Hamburg… These features will help correct my mistakes, build up my international perspective as well as enrich my hand-on experiences. The products of urban design project, similar to planting a seed in the soil, cannot be seen in a near future. If a good seed is planted in a good environment by an expertise farmer, it will become a giant useful tree. In this new era, an expertise farmer is required not only to know which is a good seed should be planted in which kind of environment, but also to see in a very far future in advance in order to choose the seed and change the environment so that they can make a perfect match. My career goal is to become that type of expertise urban designer, and your program is the first step to achieve that goal. The courses offered in the program answer directly to my quest of knowledge. I believe it will equip me new tools to better face the challenges in urban design, the career I have just begun.

923 Square Final project Bachelor of Urban Planning Ho Chi Minh city University of Architecture

Existing Height

Under 5 storeys 5 - 9 storeys 10 - 15 storeys 16 - 20 storeys

Public buildings

This academic projects remarked my final achievement after fives year studying at the HCMUARCH which changed the way who I am forever. The aims of this project is to regenerate the ‘September 23th Park’ and the urban precinct surround it. Known as the ‘Western District’, this place is famous of hotels and other tourism services. The linear park play an important role in creating activities and view corridor between Ben Thank Marketplace (the symbol of Ho Chi Minh City) in the east and the Thai Binh Market Circuit, which is an important traffic node connecting the historic Saigon city centre and Chinatown in the west. The designed project is highly integrated with underground railway line, parking and retails. There are also numbers of small restoration inside residential along the park help improving the living environment and bringing the activities in the park into the new ‘Western District’. Besides that, the ‘fashion street’ Nguyen Trai is an important factor that contribute to creating a vibrant and vivid urban precinct inside the old centre of Ho Chi Minh City. Original concept

Residential & Retails Fashion street

Potential site

Community space

Western District Residential only

Computer rendering showing a new image of a well-known area of Ho Chi Minh City

Green space

Master Plan of 923 Square with Nguyen Trai ‘fashion street’ up to the North and the regenerated ‘Western Precinct’ down to the south. Several pedestrian walkways are designed to enhance the urban image.

Above: light and pedestrian access for underground spaces. Below: Monument maintain visible connection between the old city centre and the new generated area.

Long Sections illustrating the underground space highly integrated with car and motor-cycle parking, shopping centre and MRT.

Typical projects conducted The Southern Sub Institute for Urban & Rural Planning

The Southern Sub Institute for Urban and Rural Planning is a unit of the Ministry of Construction which carries out the scientific research activities, technology transfer, construction investment and architectural – urban and rural planning consultation in the south areas of Vietnam. With the role as a government institute, the organization demand a large number of experts who have knowledge and experiences in duelling with the urban and rural development issues to conduct the numerous planning projects. On the other hand, in the context of the national development, a new approach in urban and rural planning methodology is needed to be considered. By which I mean, the term of “planning architect” is rather popular in Vietnam, although in the majority of universities in the world, planning is emphasized as a field of multidisciplinary and usually taught in the postgraduate level. In the term of urban planning, urban design is seem to be more familiar with architects. However, urban design is not simply an architectural activities but a chain of designing based on the multidisciplinary analyses that is the connection of urban problems, help creating the tools for negotiation between several groups of subjects or participants in the society and leading all of them to the vision of common wealth. Urban (and rural also) planning is essential to be understood as a process but not an inflexible destination in the predictive future which is often imprecise. This opinion is completely different from the current method of general urban and rural planning that is a Soviet’s era legacy in Vietnam. If the failure of general planning method in the real development context of Vietnam today is not realized and changed by another suitable solution which is more practical with the social demands, the improvement of urban and rural planning educational quality cannot be solved.

Nam Duong new city, Quang Nam Province - Vietnam. Area: 160 ha, population: 17,000. The project aims to create a green living environment with public services and retails highly integrated.

Phuoc An new city, Dong Nai Province - Vietnam. Area: 39 ha, population: 5,200. This very first urban design project undertaken in reality brought back a lot of experiences for the dawn of my career.

Reinterpreting Russsell Urban Design Studio 1 Master of Urban Development & Design University of New South Wales

Griffin’s functional concept for Russell has only been partly implemented - with a lack of connections between surrounding suburbs and the lakefront and an abundance of surface car parking prevailing, something of an ‘urban desert’. A first order objective of the project is to reinterpret Griffin’s vision for Russell by connecting Russell to the significant surrounding public open spaces, and introducing vibrant urban spaces and uses by civilising the current ‘through-traffic’ conditions. Key strategies of the plan include: 1. The introduction of light rail through the centre of the precinct in a wide main street.

View from Ainslie Mountain

2. The establishment of a boardwalk system exploring the Jerrabomberra wetlands and interpreting the alignment of The Causeway. 3. The reworking of Parkes Way as a suppressed throughroute, reclaiming urban land at the surface. 4. A series of open spaces along this new frontage connecting local streets to the park and lake beyond. View from East Basin

Above: Existing Landmarks and Views . Below: The Connection between Russell and Canberra city.

Image Credit: Chen Yanxi, Chen Yuhao, Nguyen Khanh Tung

Master plan of Russell

Open Spaces & Water Collection

Above: Section 1 Vision from Kings Park to Constitution Ave. Below: Section 2 Section cross the Parks Way, Cause Way and Constitution Ave.


Pedestrian & Cycling


Micro Citta International Urban Design Studio Master of Urban Development & Design University of New South Wales

The scheme is based on five precincts or ‘microcities’. Each micro-city is its own neighbourhood. A civic building acts as the catalyst for the development of each micro-city. This concept, ‘the city within the city’ is inspired by the process of Venice’s formation. Professor Mancuso describes this process whereby individual insula or islands were progressively urbanised and connected by bridges to form the urban complex of Venice as we know it today. The proposed strategy of progressive polycentric urban growth acknowledges the reality of contemporary development in the Venice metropolitan region. In the proposed scheme each micro city develops from a catalyst building with a different spirit and function. These buildings are connected to each other by various means of transport. Each small city has a distinctive economic function which kick-starts a diverse economy. It is not precisely known what economies will be successful so diversity is beneficial. The micro-cities form an archipelago of functions and forms. The project demonstrates a dynamic approach to the renewal of the abandoned industrial area of Porto Maghera, one of the biggest industrial areas in Europe. This project seeks a sustainable approach to urbanism by basing new developments upon the deep urban culture of Venice and a design approach focused on change and flexibility. Porto Marghera, once an industrial giant is now largely obsolete and open to new uses. This scheme is based on the demands of the large number of tourist visiting the historic site of Venice and provides hotels, support services, temporary accommodation and most importantly a new cruise ship terminal situated away from the fragile urban heritage of historic Venice.

Porto Marghera present and future

Image Credit: Leonardo Formoso, Huynh Thi Mai Phuong, Nguyen Khanh Tung, Stefano Zeni, Mirna Zordan


Strategic buildings New buildings Existing buildings

Pedestrian and cycling Linear park

Semi-public spaces Public open spaces Recreation areas

Above: Critical Diagrams Left: Master Plan

cultural terminal




Strategic Location Identified

Key Building

Recapturing Marghera International Urban Design Studio Master of Urban Development & Design University of New South Wales

This project develops part of the Micro Citta master plan in more detail. Two micro-cities from the master plan have been developed as a bold mix of modernist forms and perimeter block housing. One precinct is based around a transport interchange incorporating light-rail, trains, water public transport and buses. The hub supports a vibrant and liveable commercial and residential neighbourhood with good access to the waterfront. The area provides new types of green spaces which are not common in Venice. The chosen site is located in a key position with potential for development and strong transport connections to Venice, direct access to the current light rail route, access to two residential areas (Marghera and Mestre), access to open space (San Giuliano Park) and a historic fort (Forte Marghera). In this scheme old factories and other industrial facilities are transformed through adaptive reuse and incorporate vibrant activities.

Proposed residential unit with semipublic open space reinterpreting the image of historic Venice.

The project integrates various means of transport, providing a wide range of mobility options such as vaporetto (water bus), light rail and buses. The design of the neighbourhood encourages sustainable mobility options such as walking and cycling, civilizing the new residential area with social, open spaces. The historic image of an industrial Marghera will be transformed into one promoting a modern Venetian urban form.

Cross Sections showing the relationship between the canal, courtyard and buildings.



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Master Plan


View corridors

The canal play a vital role in connecting the new urban precinct with the historic Forte Marghera in the north.

Motorway access

I always introduce myself as an Architect, Kendoka and Iaidoka. Practising Kendo and Iaido (Japanese fencing) is not only improve my physical strength but mental determination. My life had been changed forever since I started to practise these two martial arts. They have become a way of life in which I found so many thing that can be applied into my daily jobs. Image: Tung Nguyen, Osaka 2011

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Portfolio | Nguyen Khanh Tung  

My Passion, My Career, My Future

Portfolio | Nguyen Khanh Tung  

My Passion, My Career, My Future