NIPPON PAINT unveils the theme of Asia Young Designer Award (AYDA) Philippines 2022

World’s leading paint and coatings brand Nippon Paint recently announce the start of this year's edition of its renowned competition in interior design and architecture, the Asia Young Designer Award (AYDA) Philippines 2022

The search is now on for Architecture and Interior Design students from the Philippines who will compete in the Asian Finals early next year. This is the ninth year that the country has been participating in AYDA.

Launched in 2008 in Malaysia, AYDA has become one of the most sought-after and highly anticipated industry award programs that encompasses 17 more countries throughout the region, namely: Bangladesh, China, Japan, India, Indonesia, Iran, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam and Turkey. This year marks AYDA’s landmark 15th anniversary.

AYDA is also Nippon Paint’s signature corporate social responsibility (CSR) program that provides a much-needed platform to expose today’s young professionals to design trends, to provide them with mentoring and coaching from renowned Architects and Interior Designers, and to allow them to interact and network cross-culturally with fellow young specifiers from the ASEAN region.

CONVERGE: Pushing the Reset Button

Every year, students in the field of interior design and architecture are challenged on a particular theme to come up with innovative ideas in changing the way that people live, as influenced by design. This year’s theme is entitled “CONVERGE: Pushing the Reset Button.” The official theme launch was held on September 16, 2022 at F1 Hotel Manila, BGC.

Since the Philippines began participating in the competition in 2014, AYDA has been making a huge positive impact on the growing interest and passion of young Filipinos in the areas of interior design and architecture. AYDA have now engaged 17 countries and regions, more than 1,200 education institutions and received more than 41,000 entries to date.

For this year’s Philippine leg of the competition, a panel of respected judges from the interior design and architecture industries both locally and abroad have been assembled in order to select the deserving Filipino representatives to the regional AYDA competition.

Every year, student participants go through a rigorous selection process to present the most creative and innovative ideas at the national level. The winners of each country will represent their nations for the grand title on an international level mentored by a panel of reputable industry professionals, both at national as well as international level.

This competition and award is a non-profit initiative as it is purely a CSR/ inclusive business program by Nippon Paint. Hence, participants are not required to pay any submission fees

The AYDA Awards is part of Nippon Paint’s inclusive business project with the area of focus on education and empowerment to groom budding architects and interior designers across Asia. AYDA aims to become an active advocate in the cultivation of talents for a sustainable future.

AYDA International Awards

The International AYDA Grand Winner will win $1,000 plus other prizes. Nippon Paint has also set up the Gennosuke Obata Fellowship Fund, together with Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (Harvard GSD). The Fund will provide young Asian design talents financial assistance, with an opportunity to attend and experience education at Harvard GSD. From the fellowship, Nippon Paint is connected to Harvard GSD’s alumni around the world to allow for more collaboration between Harvard GSD and AYDA.

The international grand title winner will be able to experience Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design’s ‘Design Discovery Program’ for 3 weeks upon acceptance from Harvard GSD.

Submission Guidelines

Online submission

1.Complete the online entry form at Submit your entry through the link provided above.

Physical submission

1. Complete entry form in Submission, Section (c) and attach the form to the CD/DVD

2. A CD/DVD/Flashdrive that contains:

  • A folder named "Presentation Board" which has JPEG files of your presentation boards at 300dpi and named"Your Name-Board 1.jpeg","Your Name-Board 2.jpg","Your Name-Board 3.jpeg",etc. in portrait orientation and not landscape orientation.
  • A folder named "Perspectives" with each perspective file in JPEG format, set at 300dpi and named appropriately (e.g."Living Room"or "Lobby").
  • Your design concept statement should not be more than 1000 words and saved in a Microsoft Word file named "Design Concept Statement.docx".
  • Your recent personal photo(2x2) in JPEG format at 300dpi with your name as the file name (e.g. "ParticipantName.jpeg).
  • Mail the entry form and CD/DVD/Flash drive to Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines, Ortigas Office G/F CSP Building,No.173 Edsa. Mandaluyong City. Philippines. Tel:(632) 656 6143/938 3169.

The final date of submission is December 26, 2022. For more information and submission guidelines for the 2022 AYDA program, visit

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