Nippon Paint Philippines Announces Search for Asia Young Designer Award 2018

The search for the Asia Young Designer Award 2018 was officially launched by Nippon Paint Philippines last July 19, 2018 at the UP Bahay ng Alumni in Diliman, Quezon City. The design competition open to Architecture and Interior Design students who are at least on their 3rd year.

This year's theme, “FORWARD: Challenging Design Boundaries,” encourages Architecture and Interior Design students to depart from their usual comfort zones. They are tasked to challenge the vernacular archetypes and present design boundaries so they can come up with more creative creations in a variety of ways possible.

The Nippon Paint Young Designer Award (NPYDA) was first introduced in 2008 to inspire interior design and architecture students to apply creativity and innovation in modern design. Judges were among the best and reputable architects and interior designers in the region. It started off with just Malaysia and later reached 11 other countries in 2015 such as the Philippines, Singapore, Bangladesh, Thailand, Pakistan, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, China, Japan and Hong Kong. This group expanded further to 15 countries with the addition of Sri Lanka, India, and Taiwan.

The AYDA is judged by prominent and well-established industry professionals, and is supported by the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), Council of Deans and Heads of Architecture Schools in the Philippines (CODHASP), the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers (PIID), and the Council of Interior Design Educators (CIDE).

The Challenge

We are seeing architectural designs we never thought were possible before. Several design disruptions have created a tremendous impact on the design industry with a more recurring pattern and consumer behaviors that have influenced the way people interpret spaces. Notions like “adaptive reuse,” “disruptive technology,” and “experimental tectonics” came up in the industry so Architecture and Design communities were presented with a new challenge: to reconsider, rethink and recreate new codes of aesthetics out of the box.

Each student is allowed to submit One (1) entry. Deadline for submission of entries is on September 28, 2018 at 10 pm. All completed entries must be postmarked not later than September 27, 2018 (Thursday). Nippon Paint AYDA team will schedule a school to school pick up of entries or students can also send their entries via any courier service, together with a present copy of valid school ID, The student’s entry and filled out entry form to Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines, Inc., G/F CSP Building, 173 EDSA, Mandaluyong City. All entries must be stored in USB/CD.

Criteria for Judging

Criteria for judging in the Architecture category is Green and Sustainable Design Concept (20%), Design Innovation (25%), Color Concept (15%), Design Concept Statement (30%), and Critical and Forward Thinking (10%). 

For the Interior Design category, judging is based on Green and Sustainable Design Concept (15%), Design Innovation (30%), Color Concept (20%), Design Concept Statement (25%), and Critical and Forward Thinking (10%).


The Judges’ Panel for AYDA 2018 include some of the best and the brightest luminaries in the Architecture and Interior Design Industry. 

For Interior Design, the head judge is, IDr. Ivy Almario, co-founder and Principal Designer of Atelier Almario, others are IDr. Cynthia Almario, Co-founder and Creative Director of Atelier Almario, IDr. Wilfrid Nicholo Magcase, Design Consultant of WM Magcase Design Company, IDr. Cara Marie Marcelo, Interior Design and Consultancy, IDr. Fendarie Su, founder of the Santa Fe Interior Architecture Sdn Bhd, and IDr. Chat Fores, founder of the Chat Fores Design Studio.

For Architecture, the Head Judge is Ar. Maria Benita Regala, National President (2014-2016) of the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) and Department Manager, Housing Technology Development Office, National Housing Authority (NHA). She is joined by Ar. Jose Carunungan, Principal Architect, Carunungan and Partners and lifetime member of the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners, Ar. Nina Bailon-Arce, Partner, Arce-Bailon-Arce Architects, Ar. Veronica Villanueva, Senior Architect, PGBI ADP + AA, Berde Professional (CBP) and Specifications Writer, Leandro V. Locsin Partners, Ar. Boon Che Wee, Director, GRA Architects Sdn Bhd, and Ar. Ana Mangalino-Ling, Partner and Associate, Jose Siao Ling and Associates. Academic Advisor is Ar. Chona Elvas-Ponce PHD and Fellow of UAP. She is also a member of the Philippine Green Building Council (PhilGBC) and member, Architecture Advocacy International foundation.


Prizes include an internship opportunity courtesy of Jose Siao Ling & Associates (For Architecture student), Santa Fe Interior Architecture and Aidea Philippines, Inc. (For Interior Design student) and a Php 50,000 cash prize. The AYDA Gold Award winner will also experience a once-in-a-lifetime learning program abroad to compete against Gold Awardees from 14 other countries, and a chance to be part of an all-expense paid learning experience at Harvard University Design Discovery for 6 weeks.

The Silver Award winner will receive Php 30,000 cash prize and the 8 other finalists will receive Php 10,000 cash prize, and an internship at Jose Siao Ling & Associates (For Architecture students) and Aidea Philippnes, Inc. (For Interior Design students), respectively. Other special awards include The “Best Color Choice” and “Best Green Innovation,” where the winners will receive Php 5,000 each. Meanwhile, the mentor or adviser of the Gold Awardee who will be declared “Best Professor/Adviser” will bring home Php 10,000.

The design that will garner the “Most Number of Likes” in social media will win the “People’s Choice Award” with a Php 5,000 cash prize. The school of the Gold Awardee will also win Php 10,000 cash and Php 10,000 worth of paint voucher, while the Best Supporting College/University will bring home Php 10,000 cash and 10,000 Pesos worth of paint voucher.