Father of Cambodian Architecture

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Born in 1926, Vann Molyvann’s title “Father of Architecture” has always been well known to people around the world.  Many of his masterpieces, built after Cambodia claimed independence in 1953, continue to stand out until nowadays thanks to his unique ideas.


Graduated high school in 1944, Vann pursued his study in the field of Architecture in France and came back to Cambodia in 1956. He was then granted a government official position as the head of Public Work and State Architect and assigned by late King Father Norodom Sihanouk to take care of many public construction projects such as Independence Monument, National Olympic Stadium, Chaktomuk theater, so on and so forth.


Within 18 years of his construction work, Vann has built over 80 masterpieces, which helped contribute to the development of Cambodia during Sangkum Reastr Niyum Regime (1955-1970). When designing a building, Vann always considered the source of water, light and air and where they lead to.


In 1967, Vann and his family migrated to Switzerland and came back to Cambodia in 1993. Vann is currently living in his home in Siem Reap province.