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Unleash your potential and inspire the world with your purposeful, viable and compelling design towards a sustainable future. Submit your work today and be in the running to win 2019’s Asia Young Designer Award.


Great designers have always found ingenious ways to resolve contradictions and conventions, merging the present with the future in ways that surprise, delight, and stand the test of time.

Today, the challenges facing designers go far beyond the traditional tension between form and function. How can we balance the needs of urbanisation and sustainability? The natural world and the built environment? Take advantage of digital connectivity while maintaining interpersonal bonds? Be locally relevant but globally applicable? And give equal weight to the needs of the community and the individual?

What are we looking for in Interior Design Category?

Your interior design proposal should portray an interior environment with the potential to better the lives of its users or inhabitants, both practically and psychologically. You should demonstrate a way of looking at all possibilities for improvement and inspiring people within a spatial context.

Submission Criteria


Foward A: Sustainable Future


Open Category


less than 30,000 sq ft


Young interior design professionals who have graduated in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Penultimate year and ultimate year students of architecture and interior design diploma and undergraduate courses.

Project Requirements

  • Name and Theme Concept
    All projects must start with the project title and theme/concept.
  • Design Concept Statement
    - Design statement should not be more than 800 words, saved as Microsoft Word file format in A4 size.

Presentation (A2 size)

At least 3, but not more than 5 A2 sized sheets are to be submitted as soft copies in pdf format. Your submission must meet the following criteria:

  • Please ensure that the site, site details, site analysis project details, floor plans, elevations, sections, 3D views, perspectives, colour choice and any other information relevant to your design are submitted in the alotted maximum 5 A2 sheets.
  • You could refer to the Nippon Paint colour palette and other products available on for your colour scheme and to enhance the quality of your spaces.
  • Presentation must be designed in landscape format and be submitted as a single PDF.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be notified to make an oral presentation in front of an eminent jury.


  • Label all areas on the floor plans.
  • Mention North point and add graphical scales to the drawings.
  • Read the theme and brief throroughly. Prepare your submissions: Presentation & Design Statement.
  • Please note that, we would advise you to restrict your word limit on the A2 sheets to 100-150 words per sheet.
  • Do not place your name or other identifying information on your boards to ensure anonymity during judging. Entries with names written on the sheets will be subject to disqualification.

Sample Presentation Board

Interior Design Category

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

    Interior Design Category
    • Existing Site Photos(if applicable)
    • Project Profile
      -Project Name
      -Project Category
    • Design Statement
    • Project & Furniture Layout Plan
    • Project Elevation
    Interior Design Submissions
    • Perspectives of the Projects in 3D Students can place perspectives according to their own preference
    • Colour chips with the corresponding Nippon Paint colour codes and names
    • Students should provide captions for selected perspectives with reasons why the colours are applied in regards to the concept
    • Explanation of the green elements and green paint products used in the project

Judging Criteria
The criteria below will form 70% of the total marks. The remaining 30% will be scored from the oral presentation.


  • Project and program conception or problem statement
  • Good display of research
  • Ability to propose unique solutions to interesting design challenges
  • Critical response

  • Original and out of the box thinking
  • Innovative interventions that manifest new and forward-driven ways that look into creating solutions that interact emotionally, emphatically, socially and culturally.

  • Creating balance between colours
  • Creative use of colours

SPATIAL PLANNING: Appropriate design and planning of individual spaces as suited to their specic needs, with an emphasis on anthropometric and ergonomic principles.

FUNCTIONALITY: Design must be appropriate for their intended use and have a positive impact that benets the community and the end user as a whole.

  • Climate and site responsiveness
  • Optimized non-renewable resource use such as material, water, or energy
  • Life cycle consideration throughout design, construction, and building operation
  • Enhanced indoor environmental quality for people’s health and well-being
  • Applicability
  • Universal design

  • Score based on theme compatibility, level of innovation, forward and critical thinking.
  • Design should convey a solution that is feasibly resulting in a positive impact to the design outcome.

  • Student should display good clarity and energy with a creative and witty delivery.
  • Presentation should be cohesive with a strong display of understanding of the project with actions, visual aids, graphics and animations. Be creative, be you.

Things to consider


Does your design successfully fulfill a need or solve a problem?


Does your design offer originality in its execution?


Does your design facilitate better functionality and purpose for its inhabitants or visitors on a human scale?


Could your design be implemented using processes, materials and technologies available or in development today?


Is your design able to deliver and demonstrate commercial or social values?


Does your design maximise or leverage tech-enabled connectivity and/or intelligence?


Does your design comprise sustainable and eco-friendly elements which help preserve the natural environment?


Does your design contribute not only to its users, but also the communities that surround it?


Will your design stand the test of time, from both an aesthetic and a physical perspective?