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Nippon Paint Philippines holds theme launch for AYDA 2023-2024

Pushing the boundaries of creative excellence, addressing pressing design issues

The quest for the most brilliant and innovative interior designers and architects across the nation persists, following the enthusiastic endorsement of the Asia Young Designer Awards (AYDA) theme launch by Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines, Inc. This platform is meticulously crafted to ignite the creative sparks in students, motivating them to nurture their talents through collaborative learning experiences and establishing valuable connections with influential figures within the industry, as well as their contemporaries throughout the region.

Conducted at Seda Vertis in Diliman, Quezon City, specifically in Quezon Hall 1, this event inspired students pursuing Interior Design and Architecture to channel their talents towards reshaping future spaces and leaving a lasting mark on future generations. It urged them to employ their creative prowess in crafting practical design solutions that address the pressing issues of our time.

In its 15th year, this edition of the AYDA Awards embraces the theme, "Converge: Championing Purposeful Design," a perfect embodiment of Nippon Paint's unwavering dedication to expanding the horizons of creative brilliance.

The theme for this year revolves around discovering your inner essence and deeply held convictions before translating them into your design work. It centers on the path that designers embark upon as they seek a purpose worth dedicating themselves to. Our beliefs and investments can evolve over time. Conversely, the term "converge" symbolizes the moment when a point or line intersects, ultimately leading to a shared outcome.

“The AYDA Awards would like to help shape a future where designers from different backgrounds, cultures and regions can learn from each other and deliver the best possible solution to common and underlying social challenges,” explained Giselle Campos, Sales and Marketing Manager of Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines, Inc.

“Today, as designers face the challenge of providing a balance between sustainability and urbanization, and at a time when digitalization has already taken over interpersonal bonding, we believe that going local should also be considered fit for global appreciation,” she added.

Judges, Criteria for Judging, and Prizes

In addition to officially commencing this year's awards program and elucidating the competition's rules and procedures, the launch event also provided an opportunity to introduce some of the most prominent figures in the industry who have graciously accepted the role of judges for the awards program.

Leading the panel of judges this year are Ar. Eduardo Casares, who serves as the head judge for the architecture category and is celebrated for his architectural contributions, including the design of the Tutuban Center in Divisoria. Additionally, IDr. Wilmer Lopez, acting as the head judge for the interior design category, brings his expertise as the president and creative director of Space Encounters, a renowned interior design firm specializing in interior branding and mid-century modern furniture.

Joining them on the judging board are the Almario sisters, IDr. Cynthia Almario and IDr. Ivy Almario, co-founders of Atelier Almario, an esteemed interior design firm with a history of award-winning projects in the Philippines. Ar. Cathy Saldaña, the president of PDP Architects, one of the country's premier architectural firms, also contributes her wealth of architectural knowledge to the esteemed panel.

The criteria for judging in the Architectural category are as follows:

  • Design Concept (20%), Functionality & Relevance (15%), Design Innovation (20%), Sustainability (15%), Aesthetic & Visual Impact (10%), Color Usage (10%), Delivery and Presence (10%).

For the Interior Design category, judging will be based on the following:

  • Design Concept (25%), Functionality & Relevance (10%), Design Innovation (20%), Sustainability (10%), Aesthetic & Visual Impact (10%), Color Usage (15%), and Delivery and Presence (10%).

The rewards consist of a cash prize of P50,000 and the invaluable prospect of interning with prestigious design and architectural firms led by the esteemed AYDA judges.

Furthermore, the winners of this year's competition will have a unique opportunity to travel abroad and compete against AYDA Gold Awardees representing 14 other nations, vying for the prestigious title of "Asia Young Designer of the Year."

This prestigious distinction comes with an all-inclusive three-week educational journey through the Design Discovery Program at Harvard University's School of Design in the United States, providing an unparalleled learning experience.

The AYDA Awards made its debut in 2008 with the aim of igniting the creative spirit and innovation among students pursuing interior design and architecture. Initially launched in Malaysia, it has since expanded its reach to encompass 14 additional countries, which now include Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Today, this prestigious competition is overseen by distinguished and highly accomplished professionals from the industry. It enjoys the support of prominent organizations such as the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), the Philippine Architecture Schools Association (PhilASA), the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers (PIID), and the Council of Interior Design Educators (CIDE).

The design competition is accessible to Interior Design students starting from their second year and Architecture students from their third year onward. Participants must be currently enrolled in interior design, architectural, or related courses at an educational institution at the time of submission.

Furthermore, entrants should possess less than one year of professional work experience. According to AYDA's guidelines, university and college-required internships can be considered as professional work experience if they occur within one year after the participant's graduation.

For those in the Philippines, the deadline for entry submissions is January 31, 2024, with each student permitted to submit one (1) entry only.

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