November 24, 2016

Nippon Paint and Asia Young Designer Award

Today at EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines honors the top architecture and interior design students who prevailed in the prestigious Asia Young Designer Award (AYDA) competition. 

With 1,200 submissions this year, coming from 27 schools from all over the country, with the theme,“Be Bold, Be Free, Be You.” the renowned competition is once again recognizing the youth’s vital role in shaping the future of design and in addressing the changing needs of a continuously evolving world. The Gold winners of AYDA will represent the Philippines to be on the running for the competition’s regional Platinum Award to be held in Jogjakarta, Indonesia next year. 

AYDA was crafted with the single aim of nurturing the next generation of designers to produce good, enduring, and innovative designs that enable efficiency and improve the way people live, now and in the future. It is tailored to inspire young architects and interior designers to produce new and refreshing concepts that encapsulate boldness, freedom and originality. This challenges the designers to explore, propel, and exceed the boundaries of design as they attempt to transform their ideas into bold and impactful masterworks without losing the very essence which makes their designs unique to themselves.  

The judges in the annual competition are reputable and renowned architects and interior designers in the industry, who keenly filtered through each submission to select the most creative and innovative designs for each category, while also providing participants necessary feedback and advice. 

This year, 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.  Meanwhile, 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.

Finalists Group Photo Architecture
Architecture Judges

Finalist Group photo Interior Design

Interior Design Judges

For the Architecture Category, the brightest upcoming architects are lauded for their phenomenal structures that exhibit a one-of-a-kind spin in solving familiar day-to-day problems.  Meanwhile, winners in the Interior Design Category are recognized for their consideration of social, economic, and cultural values in transforming spaces and the lives of the people who move in them. 

The criteria also include assessing the environmental impact of the design's materials, maintenance, energy usage, water and waste management, as well as the creative use of colour through Nippon Paint products. 

AYDA grand prize winners will receive a P50, 000 cash prize, as well as a 6-month internship with top architectural firm Aidea, Inc. or top interior design firm Lor Calma & Partners.  The Gold winners will also be given the opportunity to learn from experts in the field of design, network with like-minded peers, and to ultimately compete for the regional Platinum award in the AYDA Regional Learning Programme, which will be held in Jogjakarta, Indonesia early next year. 

First launched in 2008 in Malaysia as the Nippon Paint Young Designer Award, the competition was rebranded as Asia Young Designer Award this year to signify its growing influence and scale in the Asian region. 

The competition saw an uptrend in submissions through the years as it continued to gather the best and the brightest talent from all over the region. From its debut with 87 entries solely from Malaysia, the competition has grown to collect over 3,500 entries from last year across 12 different countries, namely the Philippines, Singapore, Bangladesh, Thailand, Pakistan, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, China, Japan, Hong Kong its place of origin Malaysia. The design tilt was first opened in the Philippines in 2014. 

In addition, the expansion and re-launching of the competition led Nippon Paint to introduce the AYDA XChange – a speaker platform that features past winners and renowned international designers who will share their thoughts and journey within the architecture and interior design industries through focused group discussions and forums. 
For Nippon Paint, the theme, “Be Bold. Be Free. Be You.” reflects its promise of putting innovation and peoples’ needs at the heart of the company’s products and operations.  “Being bold, unique, and steadfast in our ideals and values are what set us apart over a hundred years ago, and today it is no different. Innovation is key to everything we do and the way we work is grounded on working closely with our stakeholders,” concluded Goh.

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.

Gladys Goh, Nippon Paint Malaysia Group General Manager made her opening remarks as she welcomed the guests and students who continuously supported the design competition and shared her positive impression on the successful turnout of entries this year in the Philippines 
Gold winners of the Asia Young Designer Award. (Left) Noelle Samantha Bernardo from De La Salle University - College of St. Benilde, Gold winner in the Interior Design category and (Right) Maria Rebecca Plaza from National University, Gold winner in the Architecture category

Photo shows (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
About Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines:

Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines is part of the Nippon Paint Group, which is currently Asia’s No. 1 coatings manufacturer spanning 15 countries, and built on a heritage of over 130 years dating back to 1881 in Japan. In the Philippines, the company has been operating since 2014 with a manufacturing plant in Light Industry and Science Park 1 in Cabuyao, Laguna. 
The Nippon Paint Group places strong emphasis in Research and Development (R&D) activities, which remains a core priority to its success in product innovation. As a global leader in coating technologies with a database of more than 10,000 paint formulations, Nippon Paint prides itself in being a Total Coating Solutions provider with a multi-segment portfolio of offerings ranging from Architectural, Automotive, Industrial, Protective to Marine coatings. 

The Group has been awarded the Best Company for Leadership in Paint Technology Asia by IAIR in 2014. The Group has also won consumer choice awards such as the Reader’s Digest Asia Trusted Brand Awards 2016 where it placed Gold in the Paints category. In its concerted effort to champion sustainability towards a greener footprint, the Group has been recognized with several Green Excellence Awards by Frost & Sullivan.

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