Up and coming RMIT University student, Ton Vu has recently been awarded the ‘2011 Architecture Australia Prize for Unbuilt Work’. The award is presented in partnership with ISIS Group , one of the largest construction and refurbishment companies within Australia.

For his submission Ton received a $3000 prize for his ‘Sai Gon Informal’ which was completed whilst undertaking a Masters of Architecture.

"[Ton's entry] explored the topic of informal urbanism, a pressing matter given that one-sixth of the world’s population lives in informal settlements, with this figure growing” said Timothy Moore, editor of Architecture Australia.

“Ton’s submission displayed a deep understanding of and engagement with the city’s culture, reflected in his sophisticated refraction and densification of the Saigon narrow-house typology to rehouse the informal settlers,” said Timothy Moore.

“He not only highlighted and employed bottom-up tactics in making a city, but also employs formal architectural strategies, which are shown in the integration of formal and informal programs.”

The prize giving was held at Australian Architecture icon Robin Boyds, South Yarra home at an invite-only cocktail party.

“Whilst the majority of submissions will most likely never be built, they are important in the discourse of modern architecture, challenging conventions and presenting new and innovative ways to view the discipline,” Timothy said.