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Nippon Paint Announces Asia Young Designer Award 2017 Contest for Aspiring Designers and Architects

  • Mr.Mr. S Mahesh Anand, President – Decorative Paint, Nippon Paint India with finalists of AYDA India 2016


Nippon Paint (India), Asia’s real no. 1 paint manufacturer, announces Asia Young Designer Award (AYDA) contest for aspiring designers and architects. The contest aims to identify talent among students of Architecture and Interior Design across 15 countries in Asia including India. The theme for this year’s contest is “You for Tomorrow”.

The contest is open to all 4th and 5th year students of Architect and Interior design institutions across the country. The final date for registration and sending in your entry is November 26th, 2017. The shortlisted national winner from the 15 countries will compete for the AYDA 2017 Platinum Award and USD $1,000 cash prize at the Malaysia Learning Programme and Trip in 2018.

Students interested in participating can register on:

Criteria for participation and submission

  • The final date for submission is November 26th, 2017
  • The contest is open to all 4th and 5th year students of Architect and Interior design institutions
  • A maximum of one project can be submitted per student
  • Participants must use the wide range of Nippon colour palette that is available on, for the project.

In its 10th chapter, the Asia Young Designer Award 2017 pays homage to the term ‘future-proof designs’ through its theme – “You for Tomorrow”. The theme aims to challenge the foresight and technical ability of today’s designers to create a design concept that is relevant, meaningful and meets the needs of tomorrow’s dwellers and societies. Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Relevance to theme
  • Presentation board
  • Design concept statement
  • Colour concept

The national competitions will take place simultaneously and all AYDA national winners from the 15 countries will get:
1. Rs. 50,000 cash prize
2. Trip to Malaysia Learning Programme in Malaysia
3. An opportunity to compete in AYDA 2017, the Asia-Pacific-level contest.
4. A chance to win the cash prize of USD S1, 000 at AYDA 2017

Mr S Mahesh Anand, President – Decorative Paint, Nippon Paint India said, “AYDA is a wonderful platform for young talent to showcase their design ideas. We, at Nippon Paint, are proud to bring such a platform to India. Nippon Paint is committed to nurturing the young local talent. AYDA challenges young interior designers and architects to go beyond the limits and confines of conservative thinking and deliver path-breaking ideas. We believe that the youth is the future of architecture and design, and promise to provide them with the local and international exposure that they deserve through this contest.”

Jury Panel

The entries will be judged by a jury consisting of eminent personalities chosen from the fields of architecture and interior design. The jury includes – Mr. Ravi Sarangan, Director of Edifice, Mumbai; Mr. Sharukh Mistry, Founder of Mistry Architects, Bengaluru; Mr. Abin Chaudhuri, Founder of Abin Design Studio, Kolkata; Mr. C. N. Raghavendran, MD of CRN, Chennai, and Mr. Ankur Choksi, Founding Principal of Studio Lotus, New Delhi.


About AYDA

The Asia Young Designer Award was first launched in 2008, with the aim to inspire students to be more innovative, and to motivate them towards a higher degree of professionalism. It has emerged as one of the most reputed design awards across 15 countries, such as Singapore, The Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan, Hong Kong and Malaysia to name a few.

About Nippon Paint

Nippon Paint, founded in Japan has over 135 years of experience and is the number one paint manufacturer in Asia, and among the leading paint manufacturers of the world. Nippon Paint produces high-quality paints and coats for decorative, industrial and automotive sectors. Over the years, Nippon Paint has perfected its products by means of breakthrough paint technology, with an emphasis on innovation and eco-friendliness. Nippon Paint’s mission is to create advanced products that boost quality of life while protecting the environment. Through innovative technology, Nippon Paint benefits its customers and society. The company and its subsidiaries has presence in 31 countries which includes Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, China, India, Pakistan, United Kingdom, Germany, Greece and Russia.