Humans of enCity: Hai Pham – Making cities better with sustainable and green infrastructure

Humans of enCity: Hai Pham – Making cities better with sustainable and green infrastructure

Hai is one of the founding members at enCity. He works on multiple complex infrastructural projects with clients to simplify and deliver effective solutions. Besides being a devoted and responsible Manager of Master planning and design team, Hai also loves photography, cooking, and running.
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Hai is one of the founding members at enCity. He works on multiple complex infrastructural projects with clients to simplify and deliver effective solutions. Besides being a devoted and responsible Manager of Master planning and design team, Hai also loves photography, cooking, and running.

enCity: When did you join enCity, and what attracted you to the company?

Hai Pham: I joined enCity because I want to create a better living environment for people. I have a passion for urban development, and when I spoke to Trang and Dzung when they established the company I saw they have the same passion.

enCity: So you’ve been here since the beginning of the company.

Hai Pham: Yes, since June 2018.

enCity: What is your favourite thing about enCity?

Hai Pham: From my point of view, it is the working environment here where people support each other, and the way we work with the spirit of supporting our clients.

Hai received the crystal achievement award on his 3-year working anniversary at enCity

enCity: Why did you think that enCity was the place to create a better living environment?

Hai Pham: When I spoke with Dzung and Trang about their vision for enCity, to transform the city through design and planning innovations, I believe in them – so I joined because I really believe in the leaders of enCity.

enCity: Do you feel like it has met your expectations?

Hai Pham: Yes, I think the company and the vision are still the same. When we are working with our clients, we need to be a bit more flexible to get the job done, but we always try to create good impacts for the township or the community.

enCity: How about the company culture? Have you seen a shift as the company has grown?

Hai Pham: In the first stage of the company everyone was sitting together in the same room, so we can share ideas and talk together. That environment was better, because now when we are working in different offices we don’t have much time to get to know each other. But the spirit of the company, people supporting each other, is still there.

enCity: You said you joined because you’re passionate about making cities better – could you share more on this?

Hai Pham: My priority in making cities better is sustainability or green design and green infrastructure. Currently in Vietnam I don’t see it much, so I always try to put it into our master plans.

enCity: When you say green infrastructure, what do you mean by that?

Hai Pham: From my point of view, green infrastructure is infrastructure systems that are less dependent on things like concrete, more based in nature, and that involve people. Currently the transportation in Vietnam depends on the standards set by the previous generation, but I don’t think it’s suitable now. We should create roads and traffic for people, not vehicles. I also think the street or road system should be green, not just the open space, so I always try to integrate a lot of trees or bioswales along the streets.

Hai Pham at Ecopark township, where he designed the infrastructure (prior to enCity)

Casamia Hoi An, an eco tourism township project led by Hai Pham before he joined enCity

 enCity: In your time at enCity, which project really stands out to you?

Hai Pham: It’s hard to say, because I always try to be involved in every project, to support the team on different points of view, like infrastructure or transportation.

enCity: If you had to choose a different career, what would you do?

Hai Pham: I don’t think I want to change my career, because as an urban consultant I have the opportunity to go to a lot of different places and get to know the people and cultures in different townships or regions, and I have a passion for developing urban and living environments for residents. So this is already my dream career. But if I had to change my career, I may change to my second passion, which is photography.

enCity’s Hoi An Waterfront project, the first project led by Hai Pham at enCity, is a water-sensitive community in an ancient town, which will be launched soon in 2022

enCity: Wow, what kind of photography?

Hai Pham: I love landscapes and daily life photography. Before I joined enCity, when I had time I would go around and to take photos of daily life or landscapes.

enCity: Maybe we can have an exhibit of your photos sometime!

Hai Pham: Yes, I’d love to.

Hai loves running and outdoor activities

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I don’t think I want to change my career, because as an urban consultant I have the opportunity to go to a lot of different places and get to know the people and cultures in different townships or regions, and I have a passion for developing urban and living environments for residents. So this is already my dream career.

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