Avenue for Filipino architecture and interior design students to showcase their talent in an international level has been opened.
This is through the Nippon Paint Young Designer Award (NPYDA) 2014, which will give Filipino students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to represent their country and interact with professionals in the field of design.
Organized by Nippon Paint, a Japan-based paint company, NPYDA is a competition that aims to inspire students across Asia-Pacific to apply creativity and innovation in improving their community.
First launched in Malaysia, the contest had spread to nine other countries, namely, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Pakistan, China, Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong, and lastly, the Philippines.
In a media launch held at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel on August 27, officials from Nippon Paint announced the criteria and objectives of the competition.
“Sometimes, as young students, they never get the opportunity to really show their talents. In NPYDA, they can show it to respected organizations in the industry,” said Gladys Goh, group general manager of Nippon Paint Malaysia Group.
Backed by professionals
NPYDA is also a very good platform for students to showcase their works to professionals because the award is backed by societies like Philippine Institute of Interior Design (PIID), Council of Interior Designer Educator (CIDE), United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), and the Council of Deans and Heads in Architecture Schools in the Philippines (Codhasp).
Goh then noted that well-known professionals from member countries will be invited as speakers. There will also be workshops, coaching sessions, and mini games.
From 87 entries in the competition’s first run in 2008, the number has grown to a total of 2,033 entries in 2013. This year, it is expected to attract more aspiring architects and designers.
“With the participation of the Philippines, the number of entries will grow by leaps and bounds because there is so much talent here,” Goh confidently stated.
Third year college students onwards from schools associated with the UPA, PIID, CIDE, and Codhasp can join the competition under two categories: architecture and interior design.
Themed “Re:Think Re:Create their ideal future living space,” each student is given a specified area; 800 sq ft for interior design, and 10 acres of land for architecture.
Both categories require a design statement with a maximum of 500 words including their inspiration for the project, concept and style, colors and color scheme used, its environmental approach in terms of materials and waste management, and most importantly, how it can benefit one’s community.
“This is to motivate them to the highest degree of professionalism,” Goh noted.
For the winning teams, they will be given an internship opportunity with Lor Calma and Partners, on top of a learning program in Osaka, Japan in March 2015, and cash prizes.
Entries must be postmarked and mailed to Oncue Media Inc. Unit 5-A 5th Floor, Suntree Tower 27 Sapphire Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. The deadline for submission of entries is on October 31. Visit youngdesigneraward.ph/.