Fulbright Scholar Assists with Vietnam Public Housing Design

For those who may not know a whole lot about Fulbright, here is a snapshot. Fulbright Scholarships are an application-based research award that provides monetary support for a scholar to participate in an allotted time of full-time research in the area of their choice. Learn more on their website.

Here is a story about a particular scholar who hails from University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and is dedicated to researching housing solutions for Vietnam.

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Architecture Professor David Rockwood has been selected for a Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar award to Vietnam by the presidentially appointed J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board. He will undertake teaching and research at Danang University of Science and Technology (DUT) in Danang, Vietnam, during the 2017–2018 academic year.

Rockwood will collaborate with DUT architecture and civil engineering students and lecturers. The research will follow up on Rockwood’s Fulbright specialist award in 2014 that focused on the examination of existing Vietnamese housing stock, and on evolution of new techniques for constructing affordable and sustainable housing in the country.

This year, Rockwood and his Vietnamese colleagues will design, build and test wall assemblies for public housing with the goal of lowering cost and decreasing heat transfer.

“I’m honored to have been selected as a Fulbright Scholar, and am excited to work with DUT colleagues in Vietnam during the next academic year,” he said. “Vietnam is experiencing rapid economic growth and, as a result, millions of people are moving from rural to urban areas to seek employment. Our research on housing construction seeks to improve living conditions for urban immigrants and to protect the natural environment through sustainable design practices.”

Visit the University of Hawaii’s profile page to learn more about the program!