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Nippon Paint Reveals the Winners of the Asia Young Designer Awards 2019/20

Functional and sustainable winning entries of the year celebrated virtually with Nippon Paint

SINGAPORE, July 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the 13th instalment of the Asia Young Designer Awards (AYDA), Nippon Paint has crowned Lin Honghan, from China, and Greta Elsa Nurtjahja, from Indonesia, the grand title of being the Asia Young Designers of the Year 2019/2020, beating other participants across 15 geographical locations, in a rigorous selection process to represent their countries for the prestigious title in the Architectural Category and Interior Design Category respectively.

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This year's competition marks the Asia Young Designer Awards' first virtual event in light of COVID-19 restrictions, establishing Nippon Paint's steadfast passion in fostering the next generation of designers. Following the virtual competition, both winners walked away with more than US$10,000 worth of prizes, including the opportunity to attend a fully-funded 6-week Design Discovery programme at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

The international competition theme this year, "Forward: A Sustainable Future", posed a unique challenge to its participants to showcase designs immersed with functional and social sustainability elements. In an effort to break the boundaries of current design concepts, Nippon Paint and AYDA aims to nurture the next generations of architects and interior designers to conceptualise more sustainable designs in their projects that will reduce negative impacts on the environment and eventually improve quality of life. The winning design by Greta Elsa Nurtjahja from Indonesia embodied the theme with "Rumah Kopi" while Lin Honghan from China complimented the theme well with his design, "Sweet Dream in the Garden" where he incorporated traditional culture with modern design concepts.

"Participants of this year's virtual competition showed great innovations, strong concepts and social interactions especially during this time of uncertainty. Not only did their designs showcase technical skill, but most importantly, a deep understanding for environmental sustainability and what it takes to change the future of design, which is the essence of the year's theme. The judges had a difficult but rewarding experience deliberating the participants' entries but above all, we are proud of the impressive work from designers across the region. Greta Elsa Nurtjahja exceeded expectations in this competition with the level of detail and vision in her design," said Lea Aziz, one of the judges from the Interior Design category and Founder of PT Elenbee Cipta Desain.

"This year's entries, to me, were very interesting and diverse. Some of the entries were very poetic, historical, and proves that the participants dived deep into researching the environment and how to address different environmental issues. So, it was rather difficult for us to judge with the variety of entries but we thought the final entries from different countries were very diverse and exciting," said Paul Noritaka Tange, one of the judges from the Architectural Category and Chairman & Senior Principal Architect, Tange Associates.

__________ year old, Clarissa Aurelia Mashadi, won the Design Impact Award Winner for the Interior Design Category of the regional instalment, with her concept of "Plasticube - An urban recycling hub", taking home the USD1,000 prize.

The concept idea of "Plasticube - An urban recycling hub" looks at an efficient and sustainable system to recycle and remodel plastics into 3-dimension structures such as home furnishing pieces, bringing awareness to the general public. With 20% of global plastic waste being recycled and an increasing demand for plastic material use, it's evident that this issue will be worsen in years to come. The panel of judges were impressed that the design 'walks the talk' by adopting recycled plastic into the structure and internal works.

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, Nippon Paint made the decision to present this year's awards via a virtual ceremony, where the finalists from the Interior Design Category and Architectural Category were judged on 8th and 9th of July respectively and engaged in an insightful Q&A session with the esteemed international judges. All of which then culminated in a live broadcast awards ceremony via Zoom on 10th July at 6pm.

"Over the past twelve years, the Asia Young Designer Awards stayed true to our commitment to innovation and sustainability. By instilling a deep sense of responsibility and accountability in these young budding designers, we believe that in time, they will contribute to social and environmental advancements in society through their professional achievements. We are proud of the network that we've built, connecting industry professionals and talented designers from across the region," said Wee Siew Kim, Group CEO of NIPSEA Management Company Pte. Ltd. (Subsidiary of Nippon Paint Holdings Co.).

AYDA by Nippon Paint will be organising international webinars where professionals from the industry and young designers will bring their knowledge and talents together, in August and October this year. Nippon Paint and AYDA have announced 2020's theme; Forward: Human-Centred Design and encourages submissions from the world's budding talents. For more information and to participate in this competition, visit:


APPENDIX I: Works of Asia Young Designers of the Year 2019/20
APPENDIX II: Works of winners from other award categories
APPENDIX III: Profiles of judges
APPENDIX IV: Works of 26 design finalists

About the Asia Young Designer Awards

The Asia Young Designer Awards ("AYDA") was first launched in 2008 as part of Nippon Paint's vision to nurture the next generation of design talents. The event serves as a platform to inspire architectural and interior design students to develop their skills through cross-learning opportunities and networking with key industry players as well as fellow architectural and interior design peers in the region.

AYDA has since grown in terms of reach and stature and has now established itself as one of Asia's premier design award across 15 geographical locations namely Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam with further expansion plans in the pipeline.

Over the years, AYDA has impacted thousands of young and talented student designers, presenting them with various opportunities to engage with renowned speakers and key figures in the design industry. Not only has the exposure enabled the participants to gain first hand industry knowledge, personalised coaching, mentoring and skill-building through various workshops by experienced lecturers, they also learn from their fellow peers from across borders.

With that, AYDA has established a close-knit design community comprising professional architects, interior designers, industry associations, partners, design schools, alumni and design students.

AYDA welcomes all applications and those shortlisted will be notified. For more information, please visit


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APPENDIX I: Works of Asia Young Designers of the Year 2019/20

Architectural Category


Design Statement

1) Lin Honghan

Sweet Dream in the Garden


"Sweet Dream in the Garden" aims to explore zen culture, integrating traditional culture with modern design concepts. The project emphasizes the journey between "Real Life and Passed LIfe" with the five themes, 'Buddhist Realm', 'Tasting Tea', 'Smelling', 'Enjoying Chinese Guqin' and 'Listening to the Rain'.

The design aims to express the true meaning of life with inspiration from art forms such as traditional Chinese painting.

Interior Design Category


Design Statement

2) Greta Elsa Nurtjahja

Rumah Kopi - A Communal House of Coffee


'Rumah Kopi - A Communal House of Coffee', derives from the perspective that humans have a natural instinct to be close to nature. Inspired by a local house in Indonesia, the project focuses on sustainability and collaboration as the communal house is based in a secluded village.

With an emphasis on contextual dwelling, where being mindful of the history, culture and beliefs of its surroundings is paramount to preserving the essence of the surrounding, Rumah Kopi hopes to achieve maintaining sustainability as well as prospering the inhabitants of the village.

APPENDIX II: Works of winners from other award categories

Architectural Category

Best Design Impact


Design Statement

3) Chandima Gawarammana

"Industrial and Cultural Exposure" - Gem Promotional Center

Sri Lanka

With the 'Gem Promotional Center', Gawarammana aims to reveal the real treasure of the gem industry that is not known to many. In the city of Rathnapura, the project aims to rehabilitate the gem mines as a tribute to the community and their culture.

This design provides a modern solution to the industry in the form of a facility, revitalizing the traditional techniques used in the gem mines that have been passed down through generations.

Best Sustainable Design


Design Statement

4) Amir Reza Ghadiri

We Shall Stay - Reuse of Wastewater to Stop Desertification


'We Shall Stay' focuses on reusing water at the very source, in efforts to stop desertification, of which the city of Zabol is susceptible to, due to the mass immigration it faces from its dwellers.

Ghadiri's design takes into account the environmental challenges that Zabol faces, aiming to improve their lives with the least amount of investment. He also notes that this design could easily be adapted to other areas with a similar climate.

Nippon Paint Colour Award


Design Statement

5) Moeko Iwasaki

Painters' Glass House


"Painters' Glass House" holds the belief that painting color is not only limited to setting the mood of an environment, but also to establish certain areas while also creating and building new relationships with surrounding environments.

Iwasaki plays with six elements in her design: physicality, framing, uncovering of history, overlay and resonance which culminates into a new spatial model that can exist both as a stand alone or even as a new language of interior space. As colors are born, colors begin to change all throughout the space.

This design reinforces the idea that the act of 'painting' is synonymous with living.

Interior Design Category

Best Design Impact


Design Statement

6) Clarissa Aurelia Mashadi

Plasticube - An Urban Recycling Hub


'Plasticube' aims to re-imagine the plastic recycling process by creating a space for the community to recycle their plastic wastes directly into a new product, giving their plastic a second life. This urban recycling hub utilizes 3D printing technology in the recycling process, letting people produce their desirable product from their plastic waste.

The design focuses on delivering a seamless experience, with boundary-less space that can be adjusted based on function or activity, as both convenience and practicality are key to forming recycling behaviour.

Best Sustainable Design


Design Statement

7) Kwanchanok Handu-Domlarp (June)

Fieldnity Life Tower - Farmers' Family Hub


'Farmers' Family Hub' was inspired by temporary buildings in Thailand, often used to house farmers for various purposes such as rice cottages, observatories and rice husks. This temporary structure originated from Thailand's rural traditional lifestyle.

This project aims to bridge new innovations with old traditions, relating back to farmers' origins, to create a sustainable living space.

Nippon Paint Colour Award


Design Statement

8) Nowshin Tabassum



'Exchange' plays on the importance of physical interaction, especially in this digital era. This project re-thinks typical tea stalls and encourages conversations between new people over a simple cup of tea.

These conversations fosters a positive exchange of new ideas, experiences as well as a way for people to network, challenging implicit assumptions that everyone holds the same views and experiences in a community.

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Architectural Judges



1) Daniel Lim, General Director, RSP Architects Planner & Engineers (Vietnam) Co., Ltd

Daniel Lim graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Kent State University in USA and has been leading RSP Architects Planner & Engineers' Vietnam office as General Director for the past 13 years.

In Vietnam, he led teams in both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to develop projects such as Vista, Mulberry Lane, Gems Garden, The Habitat, Compass One.

With 30 years of professional experience in the USA, Singapore, Myanmar and Vietnam, Daniel Lim has also spearheaded the development of new business in Southeast Asia. An active member of the Singapore Business Group in Ho Chi Minh City, he has also completed major projects in Singapore such as the upgrade of Changi Airport Terminal 2, Summerhill and Draycott 8.

2) Ezumi Ismail, Director, Arkitek MAA

Ezumi Harzani graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Science Malaysia and a Master of Philosophy (Policy Studies) from University of Technology Malaysia.

He is passionate about the advancement of architecture education, and since 2009, Ezumi has been a member of the CAAEM which formulates the way forward for architectural education in Malaysia. For his notable professional contributions, Ezumi was appointed as a board member of Kuala Lumpur City Hall Advisory Board for three consecutive terms from 2015, and was elected as PAM Council Member in 2009. In 2017, Ezumi was elected as PAM President.

Ezumi began his career in Penang in 1994 before joining Arkitek MAA Sdn Bhd, one of the big architectural practices in Kuala Lumpur as a design architect in 1997. At Arkitek MAA, he led the implementation of many projects, including hospitals, apartments, office buildings and MRT stations. In 2006, one of his projects, Kuala Langat Administrative Centre (KLAC) in Selangor won the Nippon Paint Outstanding Colour Design Award.

His unique exposure in various aspects of design and project implementation has been an added advantage in his day-to-day response to clients' needs. He was promoted to an associate in 2002 and appointed as Director of Arkitek MAA in 2006. In addition, he was a winner of various awards such as the PAM Architecture Awards, CNBC Asia Pacific Property Award, MIP Excellence in Planning Awards and BCI Asia Top 10 Architects Awards.

Arkitek MAA has completed numerous projects including KLIA, The Curve, Hospital PUSRAWI, MyTown Shopping Mall, Public Bank Tower 2, Ministry of Transport HQ and Le Nouvel Tower KL - in collaboration with Jean Nouvel. In his personal capacity, Ezumi has served as juror on several notable design awards namely the PAM Awards, PAM Silver Medal Awards, PAM-The Edge Green Excellence Awards and Malaysia GBC Green Award.

3)Kazuma Yamao, Founding Partner, waiwai

An architect and Founding partner of GINGRICH, Yamao was born in 1978 in Kyoto, Japan. He graduated from Kyoto University, and received the first prize diploma in 2001. He completed his Master degree at the University of Tokyo Graduate School in 2004. He then joined CAt (C+A Tokyo) in 2004. He then went on to establish GINGRICH architects in 2013. Since then, he restructured the company in 2018 in collaboration with his partner in Dubai.

Based in Tokyo and Dubai, there are various ongoing projects in Japan and other parts of Asia, or in the Middle East.

4) Nicholas Ho, Deputy Managing Director, hpa (Ho & Partners Architects Engineers & Development Consultants Limited)*

Award-winning architect Nicholas Ho currently serves as Deputy Managing Director of hpa (Ho & Partners Architects). Prior to that, Ho had worked under a number of renowned international architects. With his wealth of knowledge, insight, and hands on experience, Ho has engaged in various public affairs, such as Hong Kong, Mainland China's alternate representative to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), member of Hong Kong Trade and Industry Advisory Board, member of Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Belt and Road Committee and convener of its Professional Services Working Group, and Council member of Hong Kong Lingnan University.

Ho has a keen interest in exporting Hong Kong professional services abroad, as exemplified by his current projects across Southeast Asia, Europe and USA. Aligning with the PRC's mandate to develop the Belt and Road Initiative, he has been actively travelling across the region to build and promote partnership alliances along the New Silk Road.

5) Paul Noritaka Tange, Chairman & Senior Principal Architect, Tange Associates

Paul Noritaka Tange began his architectural career upon receiving his Master in Architecture from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design in 1985. That same year, he joined Kenzo Tange Associates, the architectural firm headed by his father, well known international architect, Kenzo Tange. Paul became President of Kenzo Tange Associates in 1997 and founded Tange Associates in 2003. Paul exemplifies the international element of his practice. He is a Japanese citizen educated in Japan, Switzerland and the US and a registered architect of both Japan and Singapore. Tange Associates, as one of a 3-member architecture and engineering team, was recently awarded the design of the Aquatics Center for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The design of the Olympic swimming pools by Tange Associates will be the first time in architecture history that father and son architects have designed the same facilities in the same city for two separate Olympics.

Major projects: American Medical Association Headquarters Building, Fuji Television Headquarters Building, Tokyo Dome Hotel, BMW Italia Headquarters Building, Shanghai Bank Headquarters Building, The Cancer Institute Hospital of JFCR, Salvatore Ferragamo Flagship Shop in Japan, MODE GAKUEN Cocoon Tower, One Raffles Place Tower 2

The history of Tange Associates began in the post-war period of Japan, when Kenzo Tange Studio was founded in 1946. One of the studio's first projects was the design of the Hiroshima Peace Park, to commemorate the rise of a new era of peace. After nearly 70 years, the Tange Legacy continues with over 400 projects in 33 countries. Tange Associates, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, has worked worldwide and offers a full range of architectural and urban design services, with project experience in a vast variety of sectors that include government, office and retail, residential, hotel and resort, hospital and health care, education, culture, sports, and production and R&D plants.

In addition to the head office in Tokyo, Tange Associates has offices in Singapore, Taipei, Shanghai, Jakarta, London and Vancouver.

6) Ravi Sarangan, Founder & Director, Edifice Consultants

Ravi co-founded Edifice, a one of a kind architectural practice located across 7 cities in India.

Edifice was started with a desire to practice Architecture in a manner that was a departure from the traditional practices of the times. It was conceived as a creative hotspot which questioned the norm and encouraged collaboration and contribution.

Over 25 years and 1200 projects later, Edifice is now one of the more renowned firms in the country. And while they handle projects of diverse sizes, from Interior Design to Urban Design, they have attempted to keep their idealism untarnished in each and every project.

Edifice is a collective. They have as many design philosophies as there are designers. Ultimately, they believe that sensitivity should be the one quality that distinguishes their designs.

They believe that every project that they handle should go beyond mere green certifications and be genuinely sustainable. It should improve the well-being of its occupants and strive to improve its social environs.

A recipient of numerous awards and recognitions from within the fraternity, Ravi has been instrumental in growing Edifice to its current pre-eminent position within the profession. He currently oversees Edifice's brand management, handles Key Clients, and participates in the creative design process. Ravi also delivers lectures on the design and practice of Architecture as well as serves on the jury of various eminent design award competitions.

Ravi has been intimately involved with several landmark projects, prominent amongst them are projects for Tata Consultancy Services, Citibank, CISCO, Barclays, JSW, Mahindra Vehicles, Reliance ADAG and the Headquarters for The Ministry of Renewable Energy at New Delhi.

7) Siritip Harntaweewongsa, Sustainable Design Director, GreenDwell

Siritip was inspired by the concepts of climate-responsive design since her study in architectural school at Chulalongkorn University, which led her to pursue a graduate degree in Sustainable Design Technology at Texas A&M University in the US. She has worked in both the architectural design and research-consulting fields related to green building in the US and Hong Kong before coming back to Thailand to establish a sustainable design and consulting firm, GreenDwell. Based in Bangkok, its focus is on design that enhances well being through an integrated design process.

She believes that spatial design has tremendous impacts on how people would experience their day and thus impact their daily wellbeing; therefore, architectural quality can be truly evaluated not at the moment it is looked at, but rather, throughout the time spent in such space. Her design process integrates the use of environmental simulation tools in a day-to-day basis to explore and verify design concepts. As a LEED and TREES accredited professional, she also works as a green building consultant for buildings to be certified under LEED or TREES Green Building rating systems.

Siritip is a visiting professor for Tropical Architectural Design, Sustainable Design Studio, and Building Simulation for leading universities and organizations. Her teaching emphasizes the integration of sustainability consideration in the architectural design process and how they can enhance people's wellbeing while also reducing the negative impact on the environment.

Interior Design Judges



8)Astley Ng, Creative Director, Creative X Asia

A celebrity interior designer based in Singapore with multiple regional design awards under his belt. Astley speaks regularly in schools and public forums and is an avid mentor to Design students who share his beliefs in art, design, sustainability and philosophy.

Initially schooled in Fine Arts & Interior Design, Astley is an avid learner of arts, design, culture & sustainability. He went on to obtain the necessary certifications in Feng Shui and sustainability in interior spaces. This led to his formation of his multi-disciplinary design practice in SC + DC.

Astley believes in how every space tells a story and how that story must be enhanced by meaningful experiences.

"This can only be done with the artful blend of discovery and design," he quips. "No two individuals are the same and thus all built environments are discovered and experienced differently, this breathes 'life' and 'story' into a project, I am inspired by this prospect."

Astley's infectious talks and sharing sessions usually lead to clients and visitors being completely swept away by his ideas and design philosophies.

9)Chi Chih Kang, Founder & Creative Director, Chu Chih Kang Space Design

Best known for his cavernous Fangsuo Chengdu bookstore, Taiwanese-born Shenzen-based designer Chu Chih Kang studied traditional Chinese painting at National Taiwan university of Arts, but deciding that it was "a tad too abstract" for him, nabbed a masters degree in product design and architecture at Shih Chien University.

He refuses to conform to a particular style or artistic language. He has left his mark on a range of projects, including fashion boutiques, nightclubs and bookstores in Asia.

One of his most notable projects, Fangsuo Chengdu was inspired by the idea of the Sutra Depository, and is at once a convivial and reverent place for all to relax and read.

The Prestige Magazine 40 under 40 year man of the year's observant quality translates into his work quite well as he hits people with nostalgia in his art.

Established in 2010, Chu Chih Kang Space Design has offices in Shenzhen and Kaosiung.

10)Horace Pan, Founder, Panorama Design Group

Horace Pan, a Hong Kong design figure famous for creative story-telling and unique spatial experiences of various commercial interior disciplines, obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design and Master of Arts degree in Design from School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He established his award-winning design practice PANORAMA in 2003. The company provides consultancy services in Interior Architecture & Branding Solution and has received over 150 international awards.

Pan is frequently invited to be the guest speaker of international design conferences and seminars. He now furthers his professional career in the field of design education and is the assistant professor at School of Design, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and serving as the Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Interior Design Association and 2011-14 Executive Board Member of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI).

Pan received Hong Kong Ten Outstanding Designers Award and China Entrepreneur Award in 2008 & 2010 respectively, 2015-16 Designer of the Year in China. Pan was the only Chinese among the 10 invited international designers in the 2011 Taiwan International Interior Design Exhibition. In 2014 Pan received Hong Kong & Shenzhen Outstanding Achievement Designer Award in recognition of his contribution to the interior industry development over the past decade. In 2016 & 2017 Pan was respectively invited as international judge for Hong Kong's APIDA Award and Japan's JCD Award.

11) Keat Ong, Chairman, Nota Design Group

Keat Ong graduated from Curtin University of Technology (Australia) with a Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) and as one of the top achievers in Australia, he was invited into the Golden Key Honour Society. He is the current President of Society of Interior Designers, Singapore (SIDS) and the Founder of Nota Design Group which specialises in Interior Design and Architectural Design Consultation. He is also the Lead Design Consultant of a listed China company, Hunan Huakai Creative which specialises in design & fit-out of museums, exhibition centres, art galleries and other cultural spaces.

As a multi-awards winning designer, Keat has been named one of Asia's Top Designers in Singapore Design Awards 2014 and recently as Designers of the year 2016/2017 from the famed Interior Design Magazine. Keat has also been appointed chief judges and jury members for many well-known awards such as A'Design Awards & Competition (Italy) and Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards (Hong Kong), Asia Young Designers Award (Singapore, Malaysia, China) and so on.

Beside his busy schedule, Keat is also a passionate educator. He is a visiting professor at Southwest Forestry University and Yunnan University of Finance and Economics as well as Instructor for China Academy of Art in China. He was also the External Examiners for Singapore Polytechnics and LaSalle College of the Arts in Singapore. Due to his contributions and influence in the Asian design industry, Keat has recently been awarded the "The Influencer Award" in Maison Shanghai 2017. He was also subsequently honoured with the title of "The Most Influential Designer" by China's national body for Interior design, China Building Decoration Association in the 2017 3rd Circlerider Award.

Some of Keat's representative works include Changsha City Library, H3 Experience Centre in Songming and Kunming , Maestros' Club in Kunming, House at Hillside in Singapore, DongTing Lake Planning Exhibition Centre, Lion's Den Hotel in Pingjiang and so on.

12)Lea Aviliani Aziz, Founder, Principal & Director, PT Elenbee Cipta Desain

Lea Aziz graduated from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, United State in 1985. She joined PT Tetra Hedra from 1986-1989, and in 1989 she established her company PT Elenbee Cipta Desain.

Lea Aziz is a well-known figure and influential designer especially in the realm of public spaces. Lea has designed more than five International airports in Indonesia, train stations, MRT stations and executive port merak - bakauheni. Her experiences in public spaces made her one of the nine best designers in Indonesia as told by CASA Magazine 2017.

Lea is frequently invited as a guest speaker of design conferences and seminars in academics and government. She is a famous judge in both Indonesia and at International awards.

13)Michael Pizarro, Principal Interior Designer, Michael Pizarro Interior Design

Michael Cruz Pizarro has a progressive Interior Design career that spanned more than two decades. He finished his pre-med course in Biology before he succumbed to his true calling as an Interior Designer, completing his degree at the Philippine School of Interior Design, and soon after placing first for the Interior Design Board Top Notcher in 1995. Due to his talent and commitment to craft, the rest they say is history.

With his extraordinary background and experience, his career was further enriched by being part of the facilitating and faculty team of the Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID), the De La Salle University, College of Saint Benilde, School of Design and Arts (DLSU_CSB) and APACE-Angelo King Center for over a decade and a half. Pizarro is also recognised as PSID's Top Alumni, in 2002 and 2017. He served at a board, initially as Executive Director for Exhibits and Conventions and lately as Executive Director for Professiona'L Practice. Recently, Pizarro was elevated to the College of Fellows (COF) to the professional interior design association, Philippine Institute of Interior Designers (PIID). On the side, he hosts a television show, DESIGN PROJECT, to expand his mileage as Interior Designer through the Media, and to serve as a design mentor to the participating students.

In Pizarro's recent years, he became Partner and Principal Interior Designer for Mercado Mercado Amadeo Pizarro Architecture and Interior Design Consultancy Company (MMAP), until he founded his own firm, Michael Pizarro Interior Design (MPID), with its subsidiary company Acanthus Home Furniture and Furnishings. His practice consists of a collection of exclusive furnishings highlighted by timeless and intriguing pieces. Authoring a look that is best described as "Transformative", is the trademark of his spaces.


Architectural Category




1) Bangladesh

Jannatun Nayeem Nowshin

Beyond the Aquarium - A Whole New World

2) MainlandChina

Lin Honghan

Sweet Dream in the Garden

3) Hong Kong

Edward, Tai Chun Ho

Colour Factory - A Sustainable Future by Bringing Colours to a Monochromatic Urban Life

4) India

Mihir Vivek Desai

Land X Architecture: Displacing the Idea of 'Land as Property' towards Land as Ecology'

5) Indonesia

Febri Aji Prasetyo

Ocean Guard - Guardian of Ocean Sustainability

6) Iran

Amir Reza Ghadiri

We Shall Stay - Reuse of Wastewater to Stop Desertification

7) Japan

Moeko Iwasaki

Painters' Glass House

8) Malaysia

Tien Jun Xiang

Revival of Hope

9) Pakistan

Namrah Fatima

Saraae Koh Pehmaa - A Misty Mountain Retreat

10) Philippines

John Carlo De Jesus

SustainaBuild - Waste as A Driver for Sustainability

11) Sri Lanka

Chandima Gawarammana

"Industrial and Cultural Exposure " - Gem Promotional Center

12) Thailand

Patsakorn Yana

Ubon Resilience

13) Vietnam

Le Van Long


Interior Design Category




1) Bangladesh

Nowshin Tabassum


2) MainlandChina

Wang Meng

Ideal Home of Post-90s

3) Hong Kong

Liu Kai Hei Ruby

The Light Array

4) India

Purvi Tank

'Dacha' in the city: 'My', 'Your' and 'Our' Space

5) Indonesia

Greta Elsa Nurtjahja

Rumah Kopi - A Communal House of Coffee

6) Iran

Faraz Vala

We Are the Answer

7) Malaysia

Sharifah Binti Mohamad

LADANG - Urban Agriculture Organic Farm Market

8) Philippines

Abigail Florence Taghoy

Tuyok Pavilion - Dream Weavers

9) Singapore

Clarissa Aurelia Mashadi

Plasticube - An Urban Recycling Hub

10) Sri Lanka

Ravindran Sangeerthan

Public Market

11) Taiwan

Tseng Ming-Chun

Talk on the Hill

12) Thailand

Kwanchanok Handu-domlarp (June)

Fieldnity Life Tower - Farmers' Family Hub

13) Vietnam

Nguyen Vu Nga My


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