Quynh Vantu is an artist and licensed architect from the United States with a studio-based practice devoted to spatial experimentation. Drawing from her upbringing in
the “American South”, she is particularly interested in the notion of hospitality and thresholds of social interaction. Working in situ she creates her works across cultural boundaries and employs an interdisciplinary practice utilizing architecture as a foundation. Often working site-specifically, her work takes the form of architectural installations, video, performance, and interventions into our everyday environments. These interventions are not only about engaging with architecture but how we engage with each other through a more meaningful experience of our built environment that promotes social and cultural relationships.
She recently received her PhD in Architecture (2021) from the Bartlett School of Architecture-University College London and her Master of Architecture (2009) from Cranbrook Academy of Art in the USA and her Bachelor of Architecture (2001) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the USA. She has been awarded numerous grants and awards both nationally and internationally, including a Worldstudio AIGA Grant (2009); the Stewardson Kefee LeBrun Travel Grant-AIA NY (2009–10); and a DAAD Stipendium, Berlin, Germany (2010-11). She has been awarded several artist residencies, including at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine (2012); the McColl Center for Art and Innovation in Charlotte, North Carolina (2014); Kamiyama AIR in Kamiyama, Japan (2015); and Nanji – Seoul Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea (2016). She was the recipient of a DAAD Stipendium to study at Olafur Eliasson’s Institut für Raumexperimente in Berlin, Germany (2010–11); a Fulbright Fellowship to study in the UK (2012–13); a finalist for the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Wheelwright Prize (2015); a grant from the Graham Foundation for the Advanced Studies in Fine Arts (2016); named a fellow for the US-Japan Friendship Commission’s Creative Artists Program in 2017; and a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship in 2020.