It is with great sadness that we announce that the famed and visionary Cambodian architect, His Excellency Vann Molyvann has passed away on Thursday 28 September 2017 in his home in Siem Reap.

Vann Molyvann was one of the masterminds after Cambodian independence in 1953, who envisioned an extensive cultural, educational and social plan for the country of Cambodia, by means of urban planning and architectural design. This ‘New Khmer Architecture’ movement focused on integrating universal Modernist Architecture principles with uniquely Cambodian architectural styles, traditions, materials and climate.

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From 1956 to 1971, Vann Molyvann designed over 100 public and private buildings such as the National Sports Complex, the Chaktomuk Conference Center, the Independence Monument, the current Senate building, and the Institute of Foreign Languages at the Royal University of Phnom Penh.


Space for Architecture Cambodia will continue to raise awareness and support the preservation and documentation of the New Khmer Architecture-buildings and sites, in honor of Vann Molyvann’s work, vision and legacy.

photo credits: Cambodian National Archive, Photo Collection; Sam Jam, Discover Cambodia