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Fueling Design Talents: Nippon Paint’s Asia Design Challenge!

Nippon Paint Decorative Coatings (Thailand) is excited to announce the 16th edition of its Asia Young Designer Awards (AYDA) 2023 competition. The competition invites architecture and interior design students to compete their creativity with the opportunity to collaborate with leading Thai designers on a sustainable community project. Under the theme “Converge: Championing Purposeful Designs”, the AYDA 2023 encourages design students to embrace the importance of human well-being and quality of life, integrating environment and technology in their designs. The winners from the Architecture and Interior Design categories will each receive prizes worth up to Bt100,000, including a one-year subscription to Sketchup Studio Education Software 2023. Thailand’s winners will join winners from 16 other countries at the Asia Young Designer Summit, where all AYDA 2023 Gold winners will vie for the prestigious Asia Young Designer of the Year Awards 2023. Winners could also attend a three-week Design Discovery Program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, USA, valued at over USD 10,000.

In their pursuit of design excellence, young designers must consider essential design elements to deliver the best solutions to end-users. This competition aims to expand young designers’ vision and develop their skills to facilitate harmonious interaction between humans, the environment, and technology, leading to improved quality of life and sustainable community solutions.

“Nippon Paint is continuing to build on its aspirations and highlight the importance and potential of the younger generation in the fields of architecture and interior design through our Asia Young Designer Awards competition.” says Mr. Watchara Siririthichai, General Manager of Nippon Paint Decorative Coatings (Thailand). “Our aim is to build these awards into a platform where these students can reveal their unbounded abilities. The theme of this year’s launch will focus on new innovations and technologies young designers can use to improve end-users’ quality of life. The sustainable environment and community have been implemented by young designers to utilize resources most efficiently. We believe that students who have participated in this decade-long program will gain invaluable experience and apply it in their future careers to benefit society and foster community sustainability.”

Mr. Thanawat Sukhaggananda, Managing Director of Interior Vision Co., Ltd., one of the project’s judges, adds, “It’s a pleasure to see the evolution of designs showcased by our young designers. Each year, the competition theme changes but remains centered on social impact benefiting people, communities, and the environment. This year’s theme, ‘Converge: Championing Purposeful Designs,’ poses a unique challenge due to the interconnectedness of economic, natural, and environmental factors. We eagerly anticipate the fresh and creative solutions our young designers will present for the benefit of sustainable communities.”

Assoc. Prof. Wasin Wisetsakdee, Faculty of Architecture and Design of King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok, one of the project’s mentors says, “Participating in the Asia Young Designer Awards is an unparalleled opportunity in a lifetime. It provides young designers the chance to demonstrate their potential network internationally, and gain valuable knowledge and experience from globally recognized industry professionals. Students from King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTMB) have consistently participated in this competition, even securing the championship for two consecutive years. Two of our champions include Ms. Patcharakul Paesomwang, known as Baitong, who triumphed at the international level, and Ms. Kunlanit Pattanawittayakul, or Kaeng Som, who is currently preparing for international competition. These students have been nurtured and given opportunities to hone their skills, promoting critical thinking. They’ve grown in confidence, unafraid to share their innovative ideas. Young individuals seeking challenges shouldn’t overlook this practical experience beyond the academic curriculum. You might just win a chance to participate in the Design Discovery Program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design — truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Design students are invited to submit their architectural or interior design projects for a chance to win the Design Discovery Program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Applications are open from July 1st until October 27th, 2023 and can be submitted online at www.asiayoungdesignerawards-th.com. For more details, please visit http://www.facebook.com/AsiaYoungDesignerAwardsThailand or call (02) 462 5299 ext 164.

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