Competition seeks architecture, design students

Winning designs from last year's competition. photos courtesy of Nippon Paint Decorative Coatings

The "Asia Young Designer Awards 2021" is accepting entries from undergraduate students studying architecture and interior design to have a chance to win the top prize of 100,000 baht and secure a place to compete in the regional round.

Organised by Nippon Paint Decorative Coatings (Thailand), this is a platform for local talent to express their boundless creativity in order to improve people's quality of life through sustainable design.

For the 14th edition, the competition focuses on the theme "Forward: Amplifying Empathy Through Design", which encourages young designers to create works that can genuinely bring better living and solutions to Thai people.

The competition has two categories. The architectural category is open to architecture students in their third year and up. Contestants are required to come up with innovative architectural designs, covering an area of no more than 40,000m², that are beneficial to people, communities and the local environment.

The interior design category is reserved for interior design students in their second year and up. Their works should be within an area of 2,800m² and must be able to improve people's quality of life and well-being, both physically and emotionally, while taking into account the environment and surrounding communities.

Winning designs from last year's competition. Nippon Paint Decorative Coatings

Each contestant can submit only one entry.

The top winner of each category will receive a cash prize worth 100,000 baht. Both will also represent the country in the "Asia Young Designer Summit 2022" where they will compete with winners from 16 other countries.

The regional winners will have the opportunity to attend an all-expenses-paid, six-week "Design Discovery Program", worth US$10,000 (327,500 baht), which will be held at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in the US in June 2023.

Submissions should be made via by Nov 11. For updates, visit

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