Nippon Paint executives and industry practitioners witnessed the unveiling of the gold winners of the Architecture and Interior Design categories in the recently concluded Asia Young Designer Award (A.Y.D.A.). The prestigious design competition is hosted by Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines. The gold winners will be representing the Philippines to the regional grand competition set to happen early next year in Jogyakarta, Indonesia.

Formerly known as Nippon Paint Young Designer Award was re-launched this year as Asia Young Designer Award to reflect its progress in the design scene in Asia. From its debut with 87 entries solely from Malaysia, the competition has grown to over 3,500 entries from last year across 12 different countries Philippines, Singapore, Bangladesh, Thailand, Pakistan, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, China, Japan, Hong Kong (China), and Malaysia. This year, three additional countries have been included — Sri Lanka, India and Taiwan. The design competition was first opened in the Philippines in 2014.

With the theme “Be Bold. Be Free. Be You, the young designers were challenged to produce new and refreshing concepts or designs that encapsulate boldness, freedom and originality. This year, the combined number of entries for both Architecture and Interior Design totalled to over 1,200 submissions coming from 27 major institutions all over the country.

(Leftmost) Ms. Gladys Goh, Nippon Paint Malaysia Group General Manager and (rightmost) Mr. Yaw Seng Heng, Nippon Paint Malaysia Group Managing Director with Asia Young Designer Award supporting partners from United Architects of the Philippines, Philippine Institute of Interior Designers, Council of Interior Design Educators, Council of Deans & Heads of Architecture Schools in the Philippines

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Renowned architects and interior designers served as judges who filtered through each submission to select the most creative and innovative designs for each category. The also provided participants with necessary feedback and tips. The judges for the Architecture Category are Ar. Nina Bailon Arce, Ar. Consuelo Buencamino, Ar. and IDr. Eduardo Calma, Ar. Jose Ramon Carunungan, Ar. Chona Elvas-Ponce, Ar. Maria Benita Regala, and Ar. Abelardo M. Tolentino, Jr.  Judges for the Interior Design Category are IDr. Marichie Costelo, IDr. Jose Maria Hubilla, IDr. Wilfrid Nicholo Magcase, IDr. Belen Morey, IDr. Michael Pizarro, IDr. Mel Reyes, and IDr. Vincent Louie Tan.

Gladys Goh, Nippon Paint Malaysia Group General Manager gave her opening remarks

The gold winner for the Architecture category was bagged by Maria Rebecca Plaza from the b for her work, “Project Noah”, while Noelle Samantha Bernardo from De La Salle – College of St. Benilde received the gold prize for the Interior Design category for her winning design “Modern Farmland.

Gold winners of the Asia Young Designer Award:

Noelle Samantha Bernardo from De La Salle University – College of St. Benilde, Gold winner in the Interior Design category
Maria Rebecca Plaza from National University, Gold winner in the Architecture category

AYDA grand prize winners received P50,000 cash prize and a 6-month internship with top architectural firm Aidea, Inc. and top interior design firm Lor Calma & Partners.  They will also be given the opportunity to learn from experts in the field of design, network with like-minded peers, and attend the once-in-a-lifetime learning experience in Bali, Indonesia organized by Nippon Paint.

AYDA 2016 is supported by the Council of Interior Design Educators, the Council of Deans and Heads of Architectural Schools in the Philippines (CODHASP), Lor Calma & Partners, Aidea Inc., the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers, the United Architects of the Philippines, LBC, and SM Development Corporation.


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