Nippon Paint Malaysia Group and IJM Land Berhad recently revealed the winners of the Asia Young Designer Award (AYDA) 2017 and the announcement was made in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of AYDA.
Themed ‘You for Tomorrow: Future Living as Envisioned Today’, this year’s competition was aimed at challenging the foresight and the technical ability of young professionals to create a design concept which is relevant, meaningful and meets the needs of tomorrow’s dwellers and societies.
Former UTAR Bachelor of Science (Hons) Architecture student Ng Wai How took home the Gold Award for the Architecture category in the competition, with a cash prize worth RM5,000 and six-month paid internship from IJM Land. He also earned a chance to learn from the Malaysia Learning Programme and represent Malaysia to compete against other Asian countries, including Singapore, Philippines, Bangladesh, Thailand, Pakistan, Indonesia, Iran, Vietnam, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India and Sri Lanka for the AYDA 2017 in March 2018.
The principal idea of his winning design “War Museum—an extension of Tugu Negara” was to bridge the gap between the past and the present—an absent narrative within the National Monument. His design balanced the nuances of heritage and the natural landscape without overpowering the existing venue of commemoration which at the same time provided a refreshed dimension to the idea of conventional war museums.
Ng said, “Honestly speaking, winning an award was totally out of my expectation because I’m not a regular award-winning student. I joined this competition once during my degree year and I did not even get shortlisted. But the moment I completed my Master Design Thesis, I had a strong urge to give it a try this time. No matter what the outcome is, I wanted to at least submit it and gain more exposure. And so, here I am.”
He added, “You have succeeded in the first place if you love what you do. Therefore, be daring to pursue your passion.”
On the other hand, UTAR Bachelor of Science (Hons) Architecture student Tan Ying Kuan won the Silver Award for the Architecture category in the competition. He received a cash prize of RM3,000 and six-month paid internship from IJM Land.
His project attempted to study the concept of “sharing” in modern society by designing a temporary accommodation which is also a guesthouse that merges the visitors and the community in one place. He believed the sole and absolute element that a healthy society needed was the willingness and the opportunity to share. His project, named “Sama-Sama”, was targeted to provoke people to share their goods, share their emotion and share their ownership with others.
When asked, he said, “It is my greatest honour to win the Silver Award in AYDA 2017—one of the most popular competitions in Malaysia for Architecture and Interior Design students. My surprise was further elevated when the organiser announced that they received more than 1,000 entries this year! I still remember when I was in year one, never have I thought after three years later I will accomplish this achievement and stand on the stage like those previous winners did before. More importantly, I am especially glad that the ideology I am trying to promote, through my architecture, is recognised by the panel of juries, which are mostly consisted of Architect representatives from the industry. This award is truly valuable to me, as receiving this award has given me the confidence to sustain my exploration in the architecture field.”
He also expressed his gratitude to the lecturers who have facilitated him in the production of this design and he believed that this honourship was the best evidence that proved their hard-work and dedication in delivering the knowledge.
“As a part of the Department of Architecture and Sustainable Design, I feel that we all are lucky to have all these enthusiastic and responsible pathfinder in our journey of study,” said Tan.
He also encouraged all his juniors to grab the opportunities to participate in the competition, regardless of the results. He hoped this award would be an inspiration for others, just as how he was inspired by his seniors.
Launched in 2008, the AYDA was designed to identify and nurture young design talents across 15 countries in Asia by providing them a platform to develop and share their design ideas with professional designers such as architects and interior designers. It also provides participants with industry knowledge, personalised coaching, mentoring and skill-building through various workshops and offers them the opportunities to learn from their fellow peers from across borders.
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) is highly reputed as one of the fastest growing private higher education institutions in the country since its inception in 2002. From only 411 students, the University’s enrolment has now reached 26,000 students with campuses located in Kampar, Perak and Bandar Sungai Long, Selangor. UTAR has graduated over 50,000 students since its inaugural convocation in 2005. The University currently offers more than 110 academic programmes from Foundation Studies to Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD degrees in the fields of Accounting, Business and Economics, Actuarial Science, Mathematics and Process Management, Agriculture and Food Science, Arts, Social Sciences and Education, Chinese Studies, Creative Industries and Design, Engineering and Built Environment, Information and Communication Technology, Life and Physical Sciences, and Medicine and Health Sciences. UTAR was also awarded self-accreditation status by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) of the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) in 2017 and ranked 501-600 in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2018. For more information, go to www.utar.edu.my or call 05-468 8888 (Kampar Campus), 03-9086 0288 (Sungai Long Campus).
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