Will it be summer at Harvard for AYDA India winners?

Nippon Paints initiated the Asia Young Designer Award (AYDA) in 2008 with the aim to nurture the next generation of design talents across Asia. In its 10th edition, the 2018 AYDA Awards (India) saw the participation of more than 1300 architecture and interior design students across India and four students emerged winners out of 23 shortlisted candidates.

The grand finale, held over a course of two days at Le Royal Méridien Hotel, Chennai, invited renowned architects Pinkish Shah (S+PS Architects), Krishnarao Jaisim (Jaisim Fountainhead), Jabeen Zacharias (Jabeen Zacharias Architects), Swanzal Kak Kapoor (Saka Architecture), Tanuja Kanvinde (Kanvinde Rai & Chowdhury Architects & Planners) and Mahesh Radhakrishnan (The Madras Office For Architects) to judge the shortlisted projects.

Tanay Bothara of VIT’s PVP College of architecture, Pune (Architecture category) and Bhavya of Pearl Academy, New Delhi (Interior Design category) won the Gold Medal in their respective categories, a cash prize of Rs 50,000, and a fully paid trip to compete at Nippon Paint’s Asia Young Designer Summit, to be held at Singapore on March 21. They will now compete for the coveted Asia Young Designer of the Year Award 2018, Pan-Asia level to win an opportunity to attend a 6-week Harvard Design Discovery Summer Programme at Harvard University, USA, worth more than USD 10,000.

S Mahesh Anand, president – Decorative Paint, Nippon Paint India commented, “We are overwhelmed by the sheer amount of entries this year, and are certain that the event will serve as a great platform to inspire talented architecture and interior design students to develop their skills through cross-learning opportunities and networking with key industry players.”

At the awards ceremony in Chennai, the students also got the opportunity to witness a panel discussion on the topic ‘ARCHITECTURE 2.0: Beyond Curriculum’. Oscar and Ponni Concessao (OCI Architects), CR Raju (CR Raju Associates), Senthil Kumar (chairman of IIA TN Chapter, Senthil Kumar and Associates) and moderator Suresh Kuppusamy (former dean SAP, Design Chair, Sathyabama University) threw light on the gaps between curriculum and career the students come across and provided them insights on how to tackle them in real life.



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