Young Filipino design students, both in architecture & interior design, now stand a chance to showcase their talents through NIPPON PAINT's Young Designer Award.

Launched recently in Makati Shangrila, 

the Nippon Paint Young Designer Award (NPYDA), which first started in 2008, aims to inspire interior design and architectural students to apply creativity and innovation in the implementation of designIt started off with just Malaysia and has now spread out to 10 countries: Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Pakistan, China and Japan, with Hong Kong and the Philippines participating for the first time this year. The NPYDA is supported in the Philippines by professional societies and government bodies such as the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers (PIID), Council of Interior Designer Educator (CIDE), United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), and Council of Deans and Heads in Architecture Schools in the Philippines (CODHASP). Ar Rogelio Caringal of the UAP  & PIID & Ar Benita Ochoa-Regala, incumbent UAP National President graced the affair as keynote speakers. 

Last year, a total of 2,033 entries were submitted, a big jump from a mere 87 entries in 2008. The 2013 regional winners were sent to Japan for a once in a lifetime learning trip where they were coached by international speakers such as the likes of Mr. Takashi Sugimoto, the CEO of Super Potato Co. Ltd. and Mr. Kenya Hara of House Vision in Japan among many others.

For this year, the theme, ‘Re:Think. Re:Create Our Community, Our Home’, will be the participating students' guiding principle in "creating a township that is community-centric and sustainable, providing a high quality of life for both young and old, from every walk of life."  

According to Ms. Gladys Goh, general manager of Nippon Paint Malaysia Group, “Nippon Paint has a long-standing belief that the ability to break convention and boundaries is found in the minds of the young, the new generation who will be the designers and builders of the future.Young talent is a valuable resource, one that needs to be nurtured and developed so that all of society can benefit. By giving them the opportunity to be acknowledged by their peers as well as industry professionals, we hope to give them a head-start in their chosen profession.”

The NPYDA has two categories — architecture and interior design, both open to students who are at least on their third year from schools affiliated with the United Architects of the Philippines and the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers. A fixed area size will be given to each participant to be able to "Re:Think Re:Create their ideal future living space by showing their knowledge on how color and design can benefit the community".

Reputable and well-established captains of the industry will judge the entries.

Architecture Category

Head Judge : Ar Rolando CorderoChairman Professional Regulatory Board of Architecture

Members : 
Ar Chona Elvas-Ponce, UAP, Ph.D, Philippine Green Building Council , Architecture Advocates International Foundation Inc

Ar. Jose Ramon P. Carunungan, United Architects of the Philippines, Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners, ASEAN Architect

Ar. Consuelo “Peach” C. Buencamino, United Architects of the Philippines, American Institute of Architects, National Council of Architectural Registration Board, ASEAN Architect

Ar Virgilio Regala, Jr., Fellow - United Architects of the Philippines

Interior Design Category

Head Judge : Ar & IDr Eduardo Calma, Lor Calma & Partners

Members  : 
IDr Michael Pizarro, Michael Pizarro Interior Design & Acanthus Home Furniture & Furnishing 

IDr Rachelle Medina, Editor-In-Chief, Real Living Magazine

IDR Vincent Louie Tan,  Chairperson, Department of Interior Design, College of Saint Benilde

IDr Belen Morey, Fellow Philippine Institute of Interior Designers, Fellow International Federation of Interior 

Criteria for judging are Green Design Elements (30%), Colour Elements (30%), Planning & Design (30%), and Design Statement, plus Site Planning in architecture category (10%).

The lucky, creative student who will bag the GOLD AWARD gets the plum prize of P50,000 cash, a 6-month internship at Lor Calma & Partners plus a fully-paid trip to Japan for the Japan Learning Program, an exclusive workshop crafted specially for winners featuring internationally renowned speakers in the fields of architecture and interior design. Prizes for the winner's professor/adviser & his/her academic institution will be given as well.

Only one entry per student. Deadline of submission is on October 31, 2014, a Friday. Entries can be sent two ways:

**for free  through any LBC Express outlet & mail to Oncue Media Inc., Unit 5-A 5th Floor,Suntree Tower, 27 Sapphire Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. (present a valid student ID to avail of the free service); or

**via email at npyda2014@youngdesigneraward.ph (please contact Nep at 0915-9935256 (nep@oncuemedia.com.ph) or Fhel at 0927-4508036 (fhel@oncuemedia.com.ph)

For more information about the Young Designer Award 2014, please log on to www.youngdesigneraward.ph 


  1. Oh wow! I have a son that's showing some interest in architecture. Of course, it's too early to tell since he's only 5. But he's really into buildings and how they're built. He has this favorite building (Every Nation building) and he pores over the plans and draws it all the time.

    Would be nice that if he chooses a profession, he can get some sort of recognition for his work in the future. :)

  2. I am glad Philippines participating this year. Hopefully, the Nippon Paint Young Designer Award will continue year by year. So many talented Filipino aspiring and talented students that needs an opportunity to be expose like this event. Z-Wave Smart Home | Zigbee Smart Home


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