Huynh Tan Phat, one of the pioneers of Vietnam’s modernist architecture movement, was Ho Chi Minh’s southern comrade. The Mekong Delta native graduated in 1938 as an architect from Hanoi’s École des Beaux-Arts L’Indochine. In 1940, Phat started the first private Vietnamese architecture firm in Saigon.
He was among the first of the Vietnamese modernists, designing several beautiful modernist villas in Saigon and Da Lat as well as the podium in downtown Saigon from which Ho Chi Minh’s Proclamation of Independence from France was read in 1945. That same year, Phat became a member of the Communist Party. Read More via TheNewsLens.