Architecture Students Won Asia Young Designer Awards 2018


January 29, 2019

The Asia Young Designer Award (AYDA) is an annual regional awards programme that recognises and nurtures young talent in the fields of architecture and interior design. This year’s theme “Forward – Challenging Design Boundaries” champions future-proof designs that transcend trends and pass the test of relevance for the future. AYDA was first launched in 2008 by Nippon Paint. This event serves as a platform to inspire architecture and interior design students to develop their skills through cross-learning opportunities and networking with key industry players as well as fellow design peers in the region.

NUS Architecture student, See Ying Jia, won Golden Asia Young Designer Award AYDA 2018 (1st place) in a competition organised by Nippon Paint and a cash prize of S$1500. The award ceremony was held on 24 Jan 2019 at the National Gallery Singapore. Along with other AYDA 2018 Gold Winners from 15 countries, she will be competing for the coveted Asia Young Designer of the Year Award at the Asia Young Designer Summit in 2019 to win 6 weeks AYDA / Harvard Design Discovery Summer Programme at Harvard University worth more than USD 10,000.

Her design proposal entitled TUBE FARE was done in AY2017/18 Sem1, AR4101 DESIGN 7, and mentored by Senior Lecturer Dr Abel Tablada. This was the first time NUS Architecture students took part in this competition.

TUBE FARE: The design aims to shed light on the possibility of the steer vending becoming obsolete in Hanoi, Vietnam, as the Government continues to tighten bans on this informal trade. How can we preserve this trade, while moving ahead of time? One way is to have a communal kitchen in a tube house, a distinct building typology in Hanoi. For the authorities, communal kitchen allows proper regulation of food preparation so as to improve sanitation and image of the trade, which may lead to the formalisation of trade. For the people, a market located in a tube house could be an alternative to what street vending might evolve into. By exploring the typology of a market in a tube house, this proposals empowers the people to be able to replicate this typology in their neighbourhoods. This would ensure continual supply of affordable food for the people and livelihood for the numerous street vendors.