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Theme of the Year
CONVERGENCE: Pushing the Reset Button

The pandemic has helped people around the world realize the importance of being in touch with ourselves. Now more than ever, having our lives restricted by the virus and its impact have shone focus on personal space and rejuvenation. This year’s theme challenge “CONVERGE: Pushing the Reset Button” is about merging man-made structures with personal rejuvenation and healing needs. You are required to bring different aspects of life and let it live through your design such that it will benefit its users. Just like how through the pandemic, mother nature thrives in the absence of human destruction, how can good design promote collaborative relationships where people can live in unison with nature.

Post-Pandemic Design Trends Like many other viruses ad diseases, the chances of Covid-19 co-existing with mankind is highly likely. To learn how to live with a new virus has its challenges. Here are some top trends that will continue post-pandemic.

Gear Towards
Biophilic Design

The importance of having a smooth transition between indoor and outdoor spaces continues to become an important element. Future trends will help users bridge connection to its natural elements within the home and work vicinity.
Wellness at
Design’s Core

The pandemic has taught us to be creative in maintaining our fitness and wellness with a rise in demand for home-based wellness facilities. There are also trends where colours play an important role to induce and amplify certain moods and feelings of its users.
The Freedom to be
Working from Home

The requirement for standard homes have skyrocketed with working from home arrangement and remote learning as norms, therefore home offices are growing in size and versatility.
Design for
Safety & Boundaries

As people increasingly maintain clear sanitary areas, entrance and foyers spaces are becoming crucial boundaries and transitional zones between indoors and outdoors.
Submission Requirements
Name 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 during submission.
    (National Teams to edit this if a CD/DVD is not required for submission)
Presentation Boards (A2 Size)
  • At least 3, but not 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. Refer to point 7 below, on ‘Colours’ for instructions on the use of colour.
  • Presentation Boards must be designed in portrait orientation, not landscape orientation.
  • The digital version of the A2 boards of the project must be saved in a CD/DVD (National Teams to edit this if a CD/DVD is not required for submission) with a folder named “Presentation Board”, and file name set as “Your Name – Board 1”.
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.
    (National Teams to edit this if a CD/DVD is not required for submission. If it is a digital submission, please ensure participants fill in the Entry Form digitally)
  • Do not place your name or other identification details on your boards to ensure anonymity during the judging process.
Perspective Images
  • 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
  • Upload a recent high resolution personal photo of yourself in JPEG format at 300dpi with your name as the file name (e.g. “Participant Name.jpeg”).
  • Ensure that your face is visible as this will be used for media and online publications if you are selected as the Finalist.
  • All colours used in the project, if any, must come from Nippon Paint’s range of colours.
  • Indicate in the Entry Form which Nippon Paint country the colour chips are from, as each country has different sets of colour names and colour codes.
  • Visit to explore Nippon Paint colours
Submission Process
All completed entries must be submitted by: October 25 ,2022.

For enquiries, please contact:
Email Submission
  • Complete the entry form and attach the form with your email
  • Please ensure your email contains:
    • 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. in portrait 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 800 words and saved in a Microsoft Word file named “Design Concept Statement.docx”.
    • 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.
What is Design Thinking?
Job Stories
Usability Testing
Create a provisional persona of a potential user based on online research and your understanding of the end user
Job Stories:
Explore various contexts in which a user would utilize the design and understand their motivation and desired outcome
Usability Testing:
Obtain as much data as possible through qualitative and quantitative methods from the perspective of the end-user
Identify Needs
Prioritise Needs
Use affinity mapping to group the pain points into similar categories on a board
Prioritising Pain Points:
Prioritized each pain point based on its importance to the user as well as to your design
Define Problem:
Establish a clear goal you would like to solve based on user feedback and your project’s desired outcome.
Task Flows
Lo-Fi Sketches
Create a task flow mapping the entire journey of a user in your design
Ideating the Solution:
Begin sketching and producing several potential solutions to each of the pain points. Have fun experimenting with different techniques to finally derive the desired outcome
Hi-Fi Mockups
Clickable Prototype
Test Prototype
First prototypes may not necessarily look anything like the final outcome; visual styling helps tell a story to users, with navigation elements acting as discussion triggers
All prototype validation should be cross-functional in terms of market, design and willingness to pay
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 5000 Cash Prize
+ Trophy + Certificate
RM 3000 Cash Prize
+ Trophy + Certificate
RM 1500 Cash Prize
+ Trophy + Certificate

**National Gold Winners will represent their countries in the Architectural/ Interior Design category at the AYDA International Awards*, around the month of June/July 2024.

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

RM 200 Cash Prize
+ Certificate
RM 500 Cash Prize
+ Certificate
RM 1,000 Cash Prize
+ Certificate
RM 1,000 Cash Prize
+ Trophy + Certificate
RM 1,000 Cash Prize
+ Trophy + Certificate
RM 1,000 Cash Prize
+ Trophy + Certificate
International Awards
International Grand Winner
(One winner for each category: Architectural & Interior Design Category)

Immersive Learning Experience

The opportunity to attend a six-week, all-expenses-paid Design Discovery Program at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, U.S.A worth up to USD 10,000 in the program’s July 2024 cohort.
*Acceptance into the Harvard GSD is subject to Terms & Acceptance determined in entirety and solely by the Harvard GSD’s Admission Authorities and/or its faculties.

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 25.10.2022.
  • 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 AYDA Awards competition. We welcome repeat applications whenever possible.
  • I hereby certify that the information above is true and accurate. This work is intended solely for the Asia Young Designer Awards (AYDA) 2022
  • In compliance with the Personal Data Protection Act 2010 (PDPA), your personal data will not be disclosed to third parties except for companies and/or brands collaborating with the Nippon Paint Malaysia. By submitting your data, you agree to have Nippon Paint Malaysia to process your data and access it for future use. You shall not in any way hold Nippon Paint Malaysia liable for any breach of its obligations under the PDPA.

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