First launched in 2008, the Asia Young Designer Awards (AYDA) is part of Nippon Paint’s vision to nurture the next generation of design talents. The award serves as a platform to inspire Architectural and Interior Design students to develop their skills through cross-learning opportunities and networking with key industry players, as well as fellow Architectural and Interior Design peers in the region.
Since then, AYDA has grown in terms of reach and stature, and has now established itself as one of Asia’s premier design awards, having received more than 28,000 entries from over 900 tertiary education institutions to date, across 15 different geographical locations in Asia.
Over the years, AYDA has impacted thousands of young and talented student designers, presenting them with various opportunities to engage with renowned speakers and key figures in the design industry through personalised coaching, mentoring and skills-building via workshops. Besides exposure to first-hand industry knowledge, the platform allows designers to learn from their fellow peers from within and across borders.
Every year, AYDA presents yet another opportunity for young design talents to further push their design boundaries beyond the norm. For example, the Asia Young Designers of the Year stand a chance to embark on an opportunity of a lifetime: an all–expenses paid 6-week placement at Design Discovery Program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (Harvard GSD) in the United States. There, they will have the privilege to learn and experience intensive studio work, lectures, workshops and field trips.
From these experiential learnings, AYDA has established a close-knit design community comprising of professional architects, interior designers, industry associations, partners, design schools, alumni and design students.