Architecture professor's year as Fulbright Scholar will assist Vietnam with its public housing

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
David Rockwood, (808) 956-8430
Professor, School of Architecture
Posted: Apr 3, 2017

David Rockwood
David Rockwood

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

Rockwood will collaborate with students and lecturers in the DUT faculties of Architecture and Civil Engineering. 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.” 

The Fulbright Program, established by Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946, aims to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries. The flagship international educational exchange program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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