Nippon Paint (Coatings) announces this year’s Asia Young Designer Award (AYDA) winners on a festive ceremony at The Elements in Eton Centris, Quezon City. With the theme “You for Tomorrow: Future Living as Envisioned Today,” the competition aims to challenge the next generation of design professionals to harness their talents, express their creativity, and fuel their passion for design.
Nippon Paint AYDA
AYDA is Nippon Paint’s flagship CSR (corporate social responsibility) program. This premier design award aims to nurture young design talents across Asia by setting a platform for talents to share their design ideas with professional designers such as architects and interior designers. For this year’s leg, over a thousand participants joined coming from various colleges and universities nationwide. Their technical ability and foresight to create design concepts that fulfill the needs of tomorrow’s dwellers were put to test. From the 10 finalists each for the Architecture and Interior Design categories, Gold and Silver winners were selected. There were special awards, too, for the Best Color Concept and Best Green Innovation.
For this year’s competition, the judges were renowned and distinguished Filipino architects and designers from the industry. Renowned Malaysian Architect Boon Che Wee, Director of GRA Architects Sdn Bhd and President of Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM), and award-winning Singaporean Interior Designer David I. Tay, Principal of ETHOSpace Pte Ltd. and recognized as one of the leading designers in Asia, also sat as the first-ever regional judges in the history of AYDA.
Edward Sarco of Eugelio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST) with project Vinta Tahan as his entry got the Architecture Silver Award. Marie Eirene Fabon of the University of the Philippines – Diliman with project Bigkisan as her entry bagged the Architecture Gold Award. University of Santo Tomas students Marigold Martinez for project Mabote and Diana Marie Manansala for project Alpas Sensory Center got the Interior Design Silver and Gold Award, respectively.
Gold winners in both categories individually received Php50,000 cash and a six-month Internship with Casas+ Architects, Aidea Inc. and/or 8990 Holdings Inc. The Silver winners, on the other hand, bagged Php30,000 cash each. The eight remaining finalists went home with a cash prize of Php10,000. The special awardees for Best Color Concept and Best Green Innovation received Php5,000 each.
Moreover, the Gold winners in both categories secured their slots to represent the Philippines in the AYDA regional competition. They also have the chance to win USD1,000 cash from the regional contest. Manansala and Fabon also got the opportunity to attend the AYDA Learning Programme, an all-expense educational program to meet and exchange ideas with the Gold winners from the other 14 countries (Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka), and to attend exclusive sessions and lectures given by Asia’s leading Architects and Interior Designers. These events will happen in Malaysia in 2018 as part of the 10th year celebration of Asia Young Designer Award.
Through AYDA, Nippon Paint steadfastly leads in its advocacy to train and develop the minds of young designers. More than the prizes and prestige, it is the honor to take part as one of Asia’s gifted young designers that go with it that truly matters.