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Nippon Paint Asia Young Designer Award


It’s time to break the frontier of creativity. Think ahead of design today and stand a chance to win RM5000,
as well as the opportunity to compete for the Asia Young Designer of the Year against 12 other countries!


We are living in an era of innovative interventions and leading-edge advancements. The departure from our ‘comfort zone’ pushes us to challenge
vernacular archetypes and present design boundaries – breaking the frontier of creativity in multiple ways.
As we begin to question the surrounds and the practicalities of our daily life, we aspire to be one step ahead in pursuit of bettering the quality of living for the people in our community. We set our sights on creating new sustainable, environmental and emotional design considerations to make the world
a more vibrant and colourful place.

  • The change for something fresh, undoubtedly, brings forth new forms of challenges and constraints. We continue to look for answers and solutions but disruptions are simply inevitable. So how can we manifest these disruptive features prospectively and positively?

    In the last decade, disruptions have tremendously impacted the design industry and we have observed a recurring pattern and consumer behaviours that have influenced the way people are interpreting spaces. The notion of adaptive reuse, disruptive technology and experimental tectonics has thrown the architecture and design community with a new challenging brief – to re-consider, re-think and re-create new codes of aesthetics outside of the box

    Within this new universal design language, it is rudimentary to respect our identities and roots as well as the cultural and traditional values of others. In the context of place-making and informing new narratives, a strong sense of place builds the basis of a cohesive design dialectic that encourages critical thinking solutions.

    Together, let us share this collective design language as we continue to re-consider, re-think and re-create new codes of aesthetics in the same direction – FORWARD.

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The growth in development and gentri cation evolves faster than we can ever imagine. As the industry continues to demand for new design solutions and cutting-edge technology-driven schemes, the new creatives are challenged to think forward and challenge design boundaries.

  • Reconsidering the bigger picture, future architects are beckoned to depart from ordinary archetypes, break the rulebooks and innovate. The building of the future is a communication tool that interacts with its surround, the vast community and the people. The language of architecture is now used to solve and resolve social, cultural, economical issues as we move forward.

    We constantly push ourselves to think critically for new solutions but most times, we have forgotten the values of being empathetic and sensitive to cultural needs. The people that we are designing for and the place we are designing at play a pivotal role to our approach in creating new design considerations –sustainably, environmentally and emotionally.

    How can you inform the idea of forward-thinking as a problem-solving tool that challenges design boundaries? Through your design proposal, what are the values that you can derive through a critical analysis to better the quality of life, social issues and community development around you?

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Submission Criteria




Open Category


Below 10 Acres


Diploma Year 3 Students and onwards.


1 Project ONLY

Project Requirements

  • Colour Chips and Product Names
    - Must use Nippon Paint products and colours in the project
    - Green Elements
    - Must clearly state eco-friendly products and elements used in the project
  • Colour Schemes
    - Justify how the colours associate with the design (Starting with the project title ad theme / concept)
  • Name and Theme / Concept
    All projects must start with the project’s title and theme / concept

Sample Presentation Board

Architecture Design Category

All entry submissions need to include existing site photos (if applicable)

    Architecture Design Category
    • Project Profile
      -Project Name
      -Project Category
    • Design Statement
    • Project & Furniture Layout Plan
    • Existing Site Photos (if applicable)
    Architecture Design Submissions
    • Project Elevation
    • Explanation of the green elements and green paint products used in the project
    • Perspectives of the Projects in 3D
    • Colour chips with the corresponding Nippon Paint colour codes and names
    • Captions for selected perspectives with justifications

Judging Criteria
All the five (5) judging criteria will be summed up to 70% based on visual presentation and the remaining 30% will be based on oral presentation.



Your write-up will be the first component on the perspective boards that will be reviewed by the judges. It should narrate the key pointers to your design proposal and create a good first impression. Refer to here for full requirements.



Employing a universal design language to address and investigate current issues with a critical thinking approach. Solution should be critical, fresh and forward-thinking. The ideation of a new concept should embody the impression of questioning norms, challenging traditional archetypes and bettering humankind collectively.



Climate, Energy & Water
Demonstrate optimisation of the usage of energy and other resources in order to reduce load, increase efficiency, and utilise renewable energy resources.

Building Material & Ecological Environment
Demonstrate the use of eco- friendly materials and construction techniques aimed at reducing environmental pollution. These will help prevent negative health effects and create safer working environments.

Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ)
The IEQ of a building has a great impact on its occupants’ health, comfort, and productivity. A sustainable building will maximise the use of natural lighting and ventilation, as much as the building typology and other site-specific conditions allow.

Green Innovation Practice
The design should include, where appropriate, both passive design strategies (usually low-tech) as well as active systems (usually high-tech) that require less maintenance, less resources, fewer chemicals, and are cost- effective throughout the lifespan of the building.



Design must be appropriate for their intended use and have a positive impact that benefits the community as a whole.

Spatial planning
Appropriate design and planning of individual spaces as suited to their specific needs, with an emphasis on anthropometric and ergonomic principles.

Creative Ideation
The design ideas must be innovative, cutting-edge, creative, original and informs the notion of out-of- the-box thinking.

Critical Response
Innovative interventions that manifest new and forward-driven ways that look into creating solutions that interact emotionally, emphatically, socially and culturally.



Colour Harmony
Create a harmonious colour palette and balance between the selected colours through finishes, materials, textures and leitmotifs.

Colour Communication
Ensure that colours work together in highlighting the design elements and communicating responsively with the audience through branding, wayfinding, and typography.

Colour Innovation
Implement inspired use of colours through material manipulation and creative tectonics to produce outstanding design features.

Things to consider


Does your design portray originality in its execution?


Does your design offer practicality and have the ability to drive commercial value?


Does your design facilitate the ease of use for its inhabitants?


Does your design process the ability to transcend time?


Does your design successfully fulfil a need? Is it purposeful?


Does your design cater to the surrounding communities' needs?


Is your design made up of sustainable and eco-friendly elements which help preserve the wonders and beauty of Mother Earth?