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Nippon Paint Asia Young Designer Awards


Theme of the Year
Forward Amplifying Empathy Through Design 2021

Designers of today have to deal with challenges our predecessors never even came across. We live in a world where there is too much noise in design, and it gets harder by the day to stand out in the world of spatial design. At the same time, designers are burdened with needing to strike a balance between commercial and environmental values as they deploy their ideas.

The role of the designers of tomorrow must be redefined with a clear vision. Designers are no longer providing only a framework for the hardware aspects of space; they are also required to think about how people would interact with the software of the space.

We want to acknowledge the evolution of designers through the following statements:

There is a massive paradigm shift from constructing a building to developing a city for communities.
The focus of design has awakened aesthetics to a deeper level of emotional understanding for the needs of the people.
Designers are required to make essential decisions to maximise commercial value while protecting the important aspects of nature.
Submission Requirements
Title and Theme Concept
  • All projects must start with the project title and theme/concept
Design Concept Statement
  • The design statement should not be more than 800 words, and should be submitted as a Microsoft Word file. It must also be included in a CD/DVD during submission.
Presentation Boards (A2 Size)
  • At least 3 but no more than 4 boards are to be submitted, based on the digital copy.
  • Board 1 must show existing site photos (if applicable), property/site developer (if applicable), floor plan, elevation, furniture layout plan and site analysis.
  • Boards 2, 3, and 4 must show 3D perspectives with Nippon colour chips and codes.
  • The digital version of the A2 boards of the project must be saved in a CD/DVD with a folder named “Presentation Board”, and file name set as “Your Name – Board 1”.
  • Upload a photo of yourself.
  • Individual perspectives of the project must be at A4 size (minimum). These files must be saved in a folder titled “Perspectives”. The JPEG file should follow the naming convention based on “area”. For example: Living room, Lobby etc.
  • All image files must be at least 300 dpi in JPEG format ONLY
Labelling the Presentation Boards
  • Label all areas on the floor plan.
  • Perspectives in Boards 2, 3 and 4 must be in A3, A4 or A5 sizes and pasted on the boards.
  • The Entry Form must be attached or affixed as a cover page when submitting the entry in a CD/DVD submission.
  • Do not place your name or other identification details on your boards to ensure anonymity during the judging process.
Submission Process
All completed entries must be submitted by: October 30 2021.

For enquiries please contact:

Email Submission
Complete the entry form and attach the form with your email

Your design concept statement should be included with the email.

Please ensure your email contains:

a. 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.jpeg", “Your Name - Board 3.jpeg", etc.

b. A folder named "Perspectives" with each perspective file in JPEG format, set at 300dpi and named appropriately (e.g. "Living Room" or "Lobby").

c. Your recent personal photo in JPEG format set at 300dpi with your name set as the file name (e.g. "Participant Name.jpeg").

Mail the entry form and email to:

Phone number: 011 5408 8660

Online Submission
You can submit your online entry here.
Resources For Help
Tips to Write your Design Concept Statement
Your write-up will be the first component to be reviewed by our judges. It should not be more than 800 words. It should also provide the structure for your oral presentation if you are shortlisted to present your design concept to the judges.

It should answer the following questions:
How will your future-proof design concept solve and/or benefit the communities and societies around it?
  • How do you envision the ecological, sociological, and technological aspects that may contribute to the well-being of humanity?
  • What is your design’s impact on the environment based on its concept, materials, maintenance, energy usage and water and waste management?
  • In your opinion, what is the one key component that must exist in future-proof designs?
Your Research Process
  • What was your research methodology?
  • Who was your main source of information and/or inspiration during your research?
  • What questions and scope of work did you consider during your research process?
  • Was the research methodology effective?
  • What did you learn from your research findings?
Aspects of Consideration
Employing critical and mature solutions through effective design concepts and communications.
Thinking out-of-the-box to implement inventive design innovation.
Finding strategic ways to critically resolve issues while keeping traditions, culture and people in mind.
Designing with an empathetic mind-set with practical, functional and well-designed considerations.
Adopting a sustainable and greener sensibility so that design and architecture can coexist harmoniously with nature and its surroundings.
Understanding the importance of interactions between people, as well as significant cultural contexts.
Challenging conventional pragmatisms to re-enact new fundamentals for spatial appreciation and visual impact.
How to Design with Impact
Traditionally, architects and interior designers focused primarily on designing with aesthetics and functional needs in mind. With the rise of global environmental issues and the increased awareness that comes along with it, designers today need to expand their focus to include environmental considerations and the well-being of the users.

Both architects and interior designers need to realise that they play a big role in sustainable living. They must identify the environmental impacts of any building and ensure that it is built with materials and products that are environmentally-friendly.

Affordable and Clean Energy: The built environment is a significant source of energy consumption and potentially, a crucial energy producer. Buildings must be designed to limit energy as well as to produce and recycle energy.

This means that there is a need for designers to design and construct buildings that utilise appropriate energy technology under the given geographical, climatic and cultural conditions. Examples include the use of daylight, natural ventilation or materials that support heating or cooling, such as the use of heavy exterior walls in a hot and dry climate.

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Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure: The construction industry consumes large amounts of natural resources and energy and produces a large amount of waste in return. Integrating sustainability in the built environment requires an eco-conscious approach to ensure a decrease in pollution and waste.

As such, the development of both physical and digital infrastructures is required to promote sustainable trade and coexistence, including a focus on the industry’s use of local materials and resources. Therefore, it requires training and development of new competences at all levels in the building industry, as well as research and prototypes to test the potential of new tools, processes and solutions.

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Sustainable Cities and Communities: A built environment should be sustainable: where components of architecture, design and planning contribute in multiple ways to make cities inclusive, safe and robust.

Urban planning takes into consideration design and planning solutions that are sustainable, affordable and accessible, and ensure that the infrastructure helps to reduce pollution and enable walking, biking and commuting by public transport. Urban designs should also counteract the environmental impacts stemming from air and noise pollution. Examples include the integration of vegetation and greeneries.

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Climate Action: Climate change affects every country now more than ever before. The carbon dioxide footprint of the built environment must be reduced to adapt to the changing climate. This can be done through the reduction of energy renovations, integrating renewable energy production in buildings, expanding sustainable transportation infrastructures, reducing the transport of building materials, and emphasising the use of local and renewable materials. As well, buildings today must be built to withstand harsh weather and natural disasters.

See An Example

Tip: There may be plus points given if you could measure the impact of your design for each SDG.

National Awards
RM 3000 Cash Prize
+ Trophy
RM 5000 Cash Prize
+ Trophy
RM 1500 Cash Prize
+ Trophy

*National Gold Winners will represent their countries in the Architectural/Interior Design category at the upcoming Asia Young Designer Awards Summit in Vietnam/Shanghai*, around mid-2022.

* This would highly depend on the status of the pandemic worldwide. If international travels are still not recommended closer to the date, the organisers may postpone the physical event and will temporarily hold a digital event.

RM 200
RM 500
RM 1000
RM 1000
RM 1000
International Awards
Awarded With the Title:
(One winner for each category: Architectural & Interior Design Category)

Immersive Leaning Experience

The opportunity to attend a six-week, all-expenses-paid Design Discovery Programme
at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, U.S.A worth up to USD 10,000
in the program’s June 2023 cohort

Cash prize of USD 1,000
Cash prize of USD 1,000
Cash prize of USD 1,000
Rules & Regulations
  • Participants must be enrolled in interior design, architectural and/or other relevant courses at an educational institution upon the time of submission.
  • Participants will be disqualified if the participant is found to have graduated upon the time of submission.
  • This award is open to all interior design students in their second year and above, as well as architectural students in their third year and above.
  • Participants must have less than one (1) year of professional working experience. University/college mandated internships are considered as professional work experience if the one (1) year internship period happens after the participant has graduated.
  • Only one entry is allowed per student.
  • Entries must strictly conform to the submission guidelines and must be submitted to the contest coordinator of each school (whenever applicable).
  • The final date of entry is 30.10.2021.
  • All entries shall become the property of Nippon Paint Group of Companies.
  • The Judges’ decisions are final.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be notified to make an oral presentation as part of the final judging procurement.
  • Winners will be notified to attend a ceremony. Winning entries may be featured in marketing and promotional materials as deemed appropriate by the organizer and sponsor.
  • Winners will bear all the expenses for travel costs and other incidentals relating to their appearance at the national launch, oral presentation and national level award ceremony.
  • Prizes are non-transferable and non-exchangeable for cash or credit.
  • The organizer reserves the right to substitute prizes with another product of similar retail value without prior notice.
  • All participating students need to have a valid passport at the time of application.
  • Only international grand title winners that have been awarded the title of Asia Young Designer of the Year are not allowed to participate in future Asia Young Designer Awards competition. We welcome repeat applications whenever possible.

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