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Testimonials

From discussions with industry experts to observing the sites visited on the trip, here’s what our alumni have to say about our courses. A small step towards a sustainable future!

The Architecture Experience

I loved the interaction with Takashi Niwa about parametric bamboo. In terms of places visited, I liked Naman Retreat the best, the way it was designed, their use of bamboo in a contemporary and urban style, the usage of green, vernacular architecture in the entire resort was nice. I could find similarities in what I saw and the subject of history of western architecture (buddhist architecture). Even the cafe 43 factory coffee roaster was similar to the project I am working on for the design subject. Observing so many similarities and what we could take home from them was the best part, like the design on the lines of sustainable architecture, usage of natural light in Terra Cotta studio, all this gives me an idea on what my masters in sustainable architecture might entail. I really loved the way how this tour turned out in understanding sensibilities of the place and how they influence architecture, and would definitely give this course a ten on ten.
Mohammed Irfan
3rd Year, GITAM School of Architecture, Vizag
(Participant, July 2019)
I loved meeting the local architects in Vietnam which otherwise I wouldn't have been able to meet. I liked how the trip was planned (good balance of intensive and ease). I would prefer more architectural knowledge of public places. Mohor is a great guide with a lot of patience and practical knowledge. The projects we saw had architectural design aspects which I had studied in college but didn't know the real life interpretations of. For example, Bêtania was a very budget friendly project, and they had a rain water harvesting system which was good to know. I also got to see passive architecture in Cuckoo House. I loved the visit to the Cam Thanh community centre, and would've loved to interact with end users of the site.
Ramya Mudapaka
4th Year, School of planning and Architecture, Hyderabad
(Participant, July 2019)
Visiting structures and then interacting with their architects helped understanding the structures in detail. I got to understand more about vernacular architecture, and understanding different ways on how to plan services. My design subject case study is to design a high rise structure, for which this trip helped (particularly the Tropical Space studio visit). The use of materials by Tropical Space gave an understanding of sustainable architecture, rain water harvesting, double room systems, usage of low cost and sustainable material like bamboo. This trip also gives me different approaches towards the subjects. We even interacted with 1+1>2 architecture studio to look at an exchange program with our college. Meeting people from different parts of India was fun and I had a great time with all of them. Mohor did a real good job. Overall it was a good learning experience.
Nimit Patni
4th Year, L.S. Raheja School of Architecture, Mumbai
(Participant, July 2019)
The Bangalore workshop was informative in more than one way, the feedback that was given opened multiple directions and ideas. That the panelists belonged to different sectors helped. Logistically little improvement would be good even as food was very well taken care of, but the experience over and all was great in sense of timing. There was plenty to learn and even getting local guides made it better and informative. Important aspect was to observe and question; and all the questions were proactively answered. And the studio visits were obviously priceless.
Megha Sahu
3rd Year, School of planning and Architecture, Bhopal
(Participant, July 2019)
The Architecture Experience Vietnam was a very good trip which was extremely informative. I loved our interaction with Takashi Niwa - he explained everything and answered all our questions. I also got to understand concepts like ventilation, rooftop vegetation, differentiating spaces, which I can use in my college project too. The usage of bricks in Cuckoo House, Terra Cotta Studio was very interesting. I also got to understand other students' approach to architecture, and am even making a presentation of what I learnt on this trip, for my college. With all the places I've been to and all the people I've met, it's definitely a trip I would always remember!
Saptarshi Ghosh
3rd Year, Sathyabhama University, Chennai
(Participant, July 2019)
In terms of learning, The Architecture Experience Vietnam helped me a lot as I’m also doing my dissertation in this area of study (sustainable architecture), so it helped me save a lot of time and also to mention a different point of view from other participants. Planning wise, it was very well planned and organised which lessened the worries about travelling and helped us concentrate more on the architectural experience. I look forward to another tour with The Happy Llamas in the future.​
Oweena Fernandes​
5th Year, Goa College of Architecture, Goa
(Participant, July 2019)
The Bangalore workshop was good, and I got good insights from the panelists, including the different aspects of sustainability. Studio visits were great, and the fact that we got to see the firm and meet the architects was brilliant. Learning sustainability in Vietnam was great, and perfectly suited the topics of discussion. I would wish for a day or two for leisure sightseeing, but the planning was good, sometimes it got but hectic but mostly well balanced. I would highly recommend this experience to others.
Gyles Ferrao
3rd Year, Goa College of Architecture, Goa
(Participant, June 2019)
The panelists were really considerate of our requirements and everything went well. The experience was really good and helpful. Meeting new people helped me understand their views and perceptions in different topics in architecture. And the studio visits helped me understand a lot of topics related to technicality and sustainability, specially the visits to Takashi Niwa and bhA architects. It was also great to interact with other colleges’ students, and exchange portfolios.
Deepali Naidu
2nd Year, BMS college of Architecture, Bangalore
(Participant, July 2019)
The Bangalore workshop was informative with good inputs from the panelists. The trip was well curated and planned. The vegetarian food was well figured out. The places were also great. We had to rush a bit to get to certain places due to the packed itinerary, but it was worth it. The on tour report could have worked in a different way, allowing us to rest or go explore the city on our time.
Kkanche Ratadia
4th Year, M S Ramaiah School Of Architecture, Bangalore
(Participant, July 2019)
All of the visits were well planned, only wanted more heritage visits as well! The learning part was great, and the studio visits were a highlight! The itinerary was well planned though there could've been a bit of wiggle room. We missed out on a few places that could've been in the itinerary, like the open hand bridge. But I loved learning about the history of the cities and seeing the sustainable side of the sites visited and related to them through the explanation of the architects who designed the sites. I also saw real life interpretations of theory learnt in school, which cleared a lot of concepts.
Srishti Baid
3rd Year, Vastu Kala Academy, Delhi
(Participant, July 2019)
The Bangalore workshop was good. We had interesting discussions and the panelists also gave us insights regarding our work, which we can work on further after the trip. Mohor is very enthusiastic, and she can teach and also made us interact with each other. She inspired us on how to observe things and communicate with other people. The trip was awesome, all the way from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. We got time to explore the city ourselves during dinner, which was a good idea. The logistics were planned efficiently too, and overall this trip gave me many things - new experiences, new friends, new learning! Thanks to The Happy Llamas team to coordinate the workshop wisely.
Rahul Soni
5th Year, Anant National University, Ahmedabad
(Participant, July 2019)
The Architecture Experience Vietnam was a great experience for me since before this, I felt a little out of place and wanted motivation to move ahead - so this trip really helped me with that and helped me understand my profession better. It was good to see sustainable architecture in real life, and see real life interpretation of subjects like building construction and architectural design. I also loved interactions with fellow participants.​
Sagarika Kaushik
4th Year, Vastu Kala Academy, Delhi
(Participant, July 2019)
The Bangalore workshop was great. It helped us understand what exactly to observe while traveling. I liked visiting studios as it gave us an opportunity to actually understand the design concepts used by the architects. I feel I can take back quite a lot from this trip. My understanding of architectural spaces and design has improved. The shortlisted architecture firms which we visited were quite impressive. Also we were given free time to explore the food culture and streets by our own which made the tour way more interesting.
Saurabh Tubki
3rd Year, Goa College of Architecture, Goa
(Participant, June 2019)
The experience was great. Mohor helped a lot and made us question things more. She always answered our doubts and was fun too. The planning and organisation were good, with enough breaks. Personally, I would like to cover more places in a day but with the group, it worked well. Meeting the various architects was the highlight of the trip. Because communication was a general problem, students on future batches should download Google Translate.
Mani Makhija
4th Year, School of planning and Architecture, Bhopal
(Participant, June 2019)
The panelists gave us very useful information on how to go about the project and helped us set clear goals. Inspiring. Mohor is very cooperative and inspiring. She helped us a lot with the projects. She made us understand a lot of intricate information and helped us understand what we were trying to achieve through this tour. Thumbs up! One of the best experiences of my life. Taking back a lot in terms of educational and moral values. I would rate it ten on ten!
Mohita Dasgupta
4th year, Amity School of Architecture & Planning, Kolkata
(Participant, June 2019)
I got to understand construction more clearly, and learnt a lot more about project management (finances) at the 1+1>2 architecture studio visit. The project Sentia school by 1+1>2 architects was a good example to understand incorporation of sustainability in a commercial building. I hope the projects we were working on were a bit smaller so we could spend more time exploring in Vietnam, and more breathing space between site visits.
Aditi Chaudhry
Graduate, I.E.S. COLLEGE OF ARCHIECTURE, Mumbai
(Participant, July 2019)
This trip was good exposure. Understanding the thought process that goes behind a project was very nice to understand at the studio visits. Mohor was very friendly and had enough knowledge to explain everything. She managed to keep everybody together and manage the schedule. The trip was just how I expected it to be. It was lovely going to different places, meeting new people, understanding their culture and ways of living along with architecture.
Riya Kumari
2nd Year, Vastu Kala Academy, Delhi
(Participant, July 2019)
The Architecture Experience was a great experience as I got to know what analysis actually was. Sustainability refers to solving existing problems, and not just installing solar panels! The stay and visits were planned well. Mohor shared a lot of her own experiences as a student which also helped. I got many of my architecture related doubts cleared which I couldn't solve before, along with an understanding of functionality and aesthetic. I got many questions answered and I'm satisfied.​
Pauras Narvekar​
3rd Year, Goa College of Architecture, Goa
(Participant, June 2019)
Studio visits and site visits are where we got to learn the most, and they were very informative. The language was somewhat of a barrier at the studio visits but we learnt as much as we could from the drawings, etc. I would’ve wanted more contemporary structures covered, but it was a good tour overall.
Tanvi Pagare
4th Year, L.S. Raheja School of Architecture, Mumbai
(Participant, July 2019)
I loved the studio visits, and this trip gave me a lot of variations in material selection. The local architects in Vietnam helped shape the vision on what sustainable architecture is. Mohor was awesome and I learnt a lot from her. She stepped up to whatever role was expected of her from learning to tour guide to mentor. The learning part was good, and I bonded with a lot of people from different parts of the country.
Dielle D'sa
4th Year, L.S. Raheja School of Architecture, Mumbai
(Participant, July 2019)
The best part of the itinerary which attracted me to be part of the tour was the architect studio visits and site visits to their projects/sites. Apart from that I also noticed the places were inspired by their heritage, which we also visited.The link between studios and heritage were clearly visible. The tour was planned with experience and I was satisfied. There were some issues due to delay of flights, but it was beyond anyone’s control. As an architect to be, it was a good trip.
Milap Ganatra
5th Year, Anant National University, Ahmedabad
(Participant, July 2019)
I loved the site visits, studio visits and walking tours. I wish there was a free day in Da Nang for other activities. I gained a lot of exposure about different techniques of construction and designing for energy efficiency. Overall a great learning experience.
Saksham Walia
2nd Jamia Milia University, Delhi
(Participant, July 2019)