30 October 2015

Nippon Paint announces Nippon Paint Young Designer Award 2015 winners

Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines has announced the local winners who will represent the Philippines in this year’s Nippon Paint Young Designer Award (NYPDA) 2015, a regional competition across 12 Asia Pacific countries organized by Asia’s no.1 coatings manufacturer Nippon Paint.  

Jose Augustine Ricarte, an Architecture student from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) who submitted the entry “Marikina Link”, and Martha Joyce Tomas, an Interior Design student also from the UST with her entry “Biojet”, bagged the Gold awards for the Architecture and Interior Design categories, respectively.

Jose Augustine Ricarte, NPYDA 2015 Gold Winner - Architecture
Project Title: Marikina Link

The two students used this year’s theme “Design with Heart,” as their guiding principle. The theme  challenged the participants like never before to further push the boundaries for future living by creating spaces that can connect people from all walks of life—including the physically challenged community, the elderly, the young, and nursing mothers—as well as enhance experience and transform lives.

Martha Joyce Tomas, NPYDA 2015 Gold Winner – Interior Design
Project Title: Biojet
“With the official launch of the NPYDA in the Philippines last year, we have noticed how Filipino designers have this genuine passion in creating spaces which are people-oriented and environment-friendly,” said Mr. Michael Chung, General Manager of Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines.  “We are confident that this year’s winners can maximize their innate talent to step up and compete with other countries,” he added.

Michael Chung, General Manager of Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines

Each of the Gold Awardees   won PhP50,000 cash prize, a 6-month internship at Lor Calma & Partners (for Interior Design)/ Casas Architects (for Architecture), plus an  all-expense paid overseas trip for a once-in-a lifetime learning programme, an exclusive workshop crafted especially for winners featuring internationally renowned speakers in the fields of architecture and interior design. 

The winner’s professor/adviser also received P10,000 cash prize, while his or her academic institution also received P10,000 cash prize and P10,000-worth of paint voucher.

The winning entries were evaluated based on their Green & Sustainable Design Concept, Colour Concept, Design Innovation, and Design Concept Statement. 

Judging the entries for Architecture category are   Ar. Jose Ramon Carunungan, Ar. & IDr. Eduardo Calma, Ar. Rolando Cordero, Ar. Chona Elvas-Ponce, Ar. Consuelo “Peach” C. Buencamino, Ar. Carmelo “Meloy” Casas, Ar. Abelardo M. Tolentino, Jr. And Ar. Nina Bailon Arce. Judges for the Interior Design category are IDr. Michael Pizarro, IDr. Rachelle Medina, IDr. Vincent Louie Tan, IDr. Belen Morey, IDr. Jose Maria "Johnny" Hubilla, IDr. Wilfrid Nicholo Magcase, IDr. Marichie Costelo and IDr. Roland Laurena.

Among the other awardees were: Marko Alab Adviento, UST, Silver Award - Architecture; Courtney Gatus, University of the Philippines (UP), Silver Award – Interior Design; Ruben Felizarte, Far Eastern University, Best Colour Choice Award, Architecture; Courtney Gatus, UP, Best Colour Choice Award, Interior Design; Kae Ann Aguila, UST, Best Green Innovation Award, Architecture; and Martha Joyce Thomas, UST, Best Green Innovation Award, Interior Design. 

In collaboration with such reputable professional societies such as the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers (PIID), Council of Interior Design Educator (CIDE), United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), and Council of Deans and Heads in Architecture Schools in the Philippines (CODHASP), Lor Calma and Partners, CASAS + Architects and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the NPYDA braces for a more exciting, more fruitful competition this year.

Nippon Paint Young Designer Award 2015 Gold winners Martha Joyce Tomas for Interior Design category  and Jose Justine Ricarte for Architecture category (second and third from left), both from the University of Santo Tomas; with  (from left) Michael Chung, General Manager; Bernice Bobadilla, Senior Marketing Manager and Ken Ng Teck Nam, Deputy General Manager of Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines. 

For more information on Nippon Paint Young Designer Award 2015, please log on to www.youngdesigneraward.ph.

XO, Mish

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