Nippon Paint's Asia Young Designer Awards 2019 celebrated emerging talent from across the region at its annual summit in Singapore
War-ravaged buildings in Syria are transformed into play areas so kids can connect to their lost childhood. Cultural venues that help children from ethnic minorities learn about their indigenous culture and history. These ideas won top prizes at the Asia Young Designer Award (AYDA) International Summit held in Singapore this year, which is now in its 11th edition.
The awards, inaugurated in 2008, are part of Nippon Paint's vision to nurture young design talent of the region. It serves as a cross-learning platform for architecture and design students through networking and meeting key industry players.
The awards… serves as a cross-learning platform for architecture and design students through networking and meeting key industry players.
Tanay Narendra Bothara's work, Children Uprooted, won the award in the architecture category. The 23-year-old proposed the use of art and architecture to transform war- damaged spaces in Syria into environments that can provide hope for a better future. Judges praised Bothara's idea for its high emotional quotient and how it reinforces the noble cause of the architecture profession.Dang Huu Trong's submission Culturom (from 'culture' and 'rom', Vietnamese material made from rice plants) won the interior design award. The 23-year-old's vision aimed to help children of ethnic minorities gain cultural knowledge about their indigenous roots. Trong's work stood out to judges for its breadth and strong focus on human-centred design thinking that addresses the social issues within the built environment of today.
Both won prizes worth US$10,000 plus the opportunity to apply for an all-expenses-paid Design Discovery programme, a six-week course at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. The duo emerged as winners from more than 8,400 entries from 15 countries.This year the theme of 'Forward: challenging design boundaries' generated innovative ideas to improve the quality of living for societies and disrupt the design industry, too.
Other award winners included Best Design Impact: Loo Yi, Malaysia (architecture) and Zachary Khaw Lit Siang, Malaysia (interior design); Best Sustainable Design: Ruangwit Veerapong, Thailand (architecture) and Jenjira Thiebpetch, Thailand (interior design); Nippon Paint Color Award: Shiori Harada, Japan (architecture) and Dang Huu Trong, Vietnam (interior design); and Honorary Mention: Prince Lu, Philippines (architecture).
Since its inception, the awards have grown to become one of the most coveted student design awards in Asia. Inviting innovative and sustainable architecture and interior design proposals, Nippon Paint aims to inspire a generation of young thinkers to come up with impactful, design-driven solutions that solve ongoing issues and elevate living conditions.
All international finalists presented their submissions to a panel of veterans from the architecture and design industry.
Wee Siew Kim, CEO of NIPSEA Group, the parent company of Nippon Paint, said the event was part of its commitment to merge design thinking and the company's expertise to build a platform that unites stakeholders to create social impacts. He added: "We are proud to continue building this ecosystem, taking the lead to empower both like-minded young and professional designers to design for the betterment of the society."