More than 1,300 students across India participated in the Asia Young Designer Award (AYDA) 2018, India Edition. The participants had to submit their design concept statements in line with the contest theme ‘Forward Challenging Design boundaries’ in either interior design or architecture category. These entries were later judged by a panel over a period of three months in different rounds, and 23 concepts were shortlisted. The AYDA 2018 grand finale, held over a course of two days at Le Royal Meridien Hotel, Chennai, saw renowned architects like Krishnarao Jaisim (Jaisim Fountainhead), Pinkish Shah (S+PS Architects), 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) who judged the final 23 projects, and awarded the winners.
The gold winner of the architecture category is Tanay Bothara from VIT’s PVP College of Architecture, Pune, for the concept titled ‘A new story: Children Uprooted’; while Bhavya from Pearl Academy, New Delhi, won in the interior design category for her project ‘The journey of a rape survivor’. Besides receiving a gold medal and Rs 50,000 each, both the winners also got a fully paid trip to compete at Nippon Paint’s Asia Young Designer Summit, to be held at Singapore on March 21st, 2019. All the respective AYDA 2018 gold winners from 15 Asian countries will compete for the coveted Asia Young Designer of the Year Award 2018, Pan-Asia level, and will also get a life time opportunity to attend a six-week Harvard Design Discovery Summer Programme at Harvard University, USA, which is worth more than USD 10,000.