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Fulbright University Vietnam: Sustainability in New Campus Design

September 24, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Date: September 24th | Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm | Location: 38 Sidney Street | Cambridge, MA 02139, Suite 180


Carrying forward the legacy of its namesake, Senator J. William Fulbright, a champion of international educational exchange, Fulbright University Vietnam (FUV) is the country’s first independent, non-profit institution of higher education. The landmark institution aspires to serve Vietnamese society through innovative teaching programs and impactful research aimed at supporting Vietnam’s continued development, while addressing the grand challenges facing Vietnam and the world. The university, representing a collaboration between the United States government and the government of Vietnam, was officially announced in 2016 by President Obama during his visit to Ho Chi Minh City.

Reflecting its cultural and educational mandate, FUV aims to set a precedent in sustainable and resilient planning for the next generation of Vietnamese and global leaders. We will look at a number of issues that shaped this project, including how critical early decision-making and commitments impact opportunities for sustainable development throughout its design and construction life cycle; how FUV’s unique approach to environmental design is integrated with the cultural and contextual experience of the campus to create a forward-thinking design firmly rooted in its place; and the role of the university in acknowledging and addressing local environmental challenges while also advancing regional and global standards of sustainable development.

Refreshments will be served during the event.


This event is hosted and sponsored by Siena Construction Corporation.

Meet Our Speakers


Steven Garcia

Steven Garcia

Project Director, SHoP

Steven is a project director at SHoP and has played an integral role in the design, coordination, management, and delivery of SHoP’s high-profile projects in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the United States. Since joining SHoP in 2010, Steven has directed several of the firm’s leading institutional and infrastructure projects including Fulbright University Vietnam, Botswana Innovation Hub, 9 Dekalb Avenue in Brooklyn, master plans for LaGuardia and JFK Airports in New York City, and Miami Innovation District. He has made key contributions to the development of innovative structural and enclosure systems, large-scale planning efforts, and the design of high-performance spaces such as auditoriums and biotechnology laboratories. He holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University GSAPP and has taught digital media seminars and studio design courses at Cornell University, Columbia University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Dana Getman

Dana Getman

Associate Principle, SHoP

Dana Getman is an Associate Principal at SHoP Architects, leading some of the firm’s most complex projects. Her institutional work includes the Fulbright University in Vietnam, the National Veterans Resource Center at Syracuse University, and several projects under a Design Excellence contract with the State Department, including the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and the U.S. Consulate in Milan. Dana recently led the design team of 111 West 57th Street, a 1,400-foot tall terracotta and bronze supertall residential tower overlooking Central Park, as well as the master plan and key first phase projects, the Essex Market and 242 Broome, for the Seward Park redevelopment in New York City.  Dana currently chairs the Urban Land Institute Next in New York, is a member of the urban planning committee of the Municipal Art Society, and lectures regularly on SHoP’s approach to architecture and urbanism. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and a Master of Architecture II from Yale University. Her teaching includes studio design courses at both of those institutions, as well as at Columbia University.


Nico Kienzl DDes, LEED Fellow, ASHRAE HBDP

Nico Kienzl DDes, LEED Fellow, ASHRAE HBDP

Director, Atelier Ten, New York Office

Nico is a founding director of Atelier Ten’s New York City office and member of Atelier Ten’s US and international leadership group. He has over 20 years of experience in sustainability consulting with expertise on the application of advanced building analysis for façade optimization, daylight and shading analysis, and optimization of building systems.

Nico has played a significant role on a variety of residential, commercial, institutional, cultural, and masterplan projects throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East where he has not only shaped the environmental performance, but also influenced the building industry in moving into a more sustainable future. As Director, he has consulted on over 120 high-performance building projects, many of which have sought Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification, including the first LEED Platinum condominium in New York City, the first LEED Platinum university campus under LEED-ND, and most recently the ambitious expansion of the Science, Education, & Innovation Center at the American Museum of Natural History. His exemplary contributions to green building and significant professional achievements within the community of LEED professionals led him to be among an elite group of 43 exceptional green building professionals worldwide to be named LEED Fellow of 2012, the most prestigious designation awarded by Green Building Certification Institute.

Nico is a member of the Board of Directors for the Urban Green Council and Storefront for Art and Architecture. He served as a Representative Member and Peer Reviewer for the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Green Building Federal Advisory Committee and GSA Design Excellence Program, respectively, and is a High-Performance Building Design Professional under the U.S. American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers. Nico has held teaching engagements at various institutions including Harvard Graduate School of Design, Pratt Institute, and Columbia University.

He received a Doctor of Design from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, holds a Master of Science in Building Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and received his Diploma in Architecture from the Technical University of Munich.


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