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February 3, 2023
India, January 2023: With over 15 years of successful editions, AYDA Awards by Nippon Paint (India), announced the winners in various categories at a grand finale event in Chennai. The contest theme was “CONVERGE: Pushing the Reset Button” reflecting on bringing different aspects of life and letting it live through your design.
This year, AYDA India witnessed over 450 applicants from the architecture and interior design students community, out of which 20 projects were shortlisted for the grand finale. The shortlisted finalists were judged by renowned architects – Ar Arvind, Ar Dikshu Kukreja, Ar Mausami Andhare, Ar Nilabh Nagar, Ar Tony Joseph, Ar Sujit Nair, Ar Pramod Balakrishnan and Mr Deepu Shyam Prakash.
Mr S Mahesh Anand, President – Decorative Division, Nippon Paint (India), and a panel of illustrious Architects and Interior designers, awarded the title winners.One winner from each category (Architecture and Interior Design) was awarded the gold and silver awards along with cash prizes of INR 50,000 and INR 25,000 respectively, and INR 10,000 for the honorary mentions and 5000 each for best colour choice, best green innovation, best mentor, best education institute and best supporting colleges. This year, AYDA recognized the institutions that provided the best support; Dr MGR Research and Educational Institution was recognized as Best Supporting College;Rachana Sansad Academy of Architecture and Ranganathan Architectural College received honourable mentions as Best Education Institution.
Talking about the event, Mr S Mahesh Anand, commented, "We are happy to announce the winners of AYDA 2022 (India edition), which has become a successful platform for many aspiring young architects. This years theme, CONVERGE: Pushing the Reset Button is about rebuilding different aspects of life after a phase of disruption due to the pandemic. It is critical to encourage and nurture budding talent and we hope that our efforts through AYDA will continue to appreciate outstanding architecture and interior design students.
Congratulating the exceptional group of participants, winners and welcoming them to the industry to create a better world, Ar Deepu, said, “We are proud to see the high calibre of diverse talent emerging from AYDA by Nippon Paint (India). We are happy to see a lot of young architects using this platform, showcase their talent and compete with the global talent.”
A round table session had experts from the industry who spoke about sustainability in the built environment. It was to enlighten the architects that green designs are the future of the world. Over the years, several comprehensive design networks of thousands of professionals, educators, partners, and students across the region have been brought together by the AYDA Awards.
The awards were conferred under 9 Categories:
Interior design category -
Gold – Shivam Singh, Chandigarh college of Architecture
Silver – Shivani Jadhav, Lokmanya Tilak Institute of Architecture
Architecture category -
Gold – Vaibhav Dalvi, VIT PVP college of Architecture
Silver – Nikitha Dhavale- VIT PVP college of Architecture
Other awards -
Best Educational Institution –
1. Rachana Sansads - Academy of Architecture, Mumbai
2. Ranganathan Architecture College, Coimbatore
Best Mentor –
1. Mr Mahesh Bangad, Dr BhanubenNanavati College of Architecture (BNCA), Pune
2. Mr Yagnik Bathija, Rachana Sansads – Academy of Architecture, Mumbai
3. Ms A Harinya Meenu, Faculty of Architecture, Dr MGR Educational and Research Institute
4. Ms Deepiga Kameswaran, Faculty of Architecture, Dr MGR Educational and Research Institute
Special Mention –
1. R V College of Architecture, Bangalore
2. Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Tumkur
3. RVS Padmavathy School of Architecture, Chennai
4. VITS PVP College of Architecture, Pune
Best Green Innovation –
Mr Prajwal Satvidkar, Rachana Sansads Academy of Architecture, Mumbai
Best Color Choice –
Ms Harbina Kaur, Pearl Academy, Delhi
Honorary Mention –
Ms Devayani M, R V College of Architecture, Bangalore
Mr Adith Soney, APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University, Thiruvananthapuram
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The AYDA awards is part of Nippon Paint’s vision to nurture the next generation of Architectural and Interior Design talents. It serves as a platform to inspire students of these disciplines to develop their skills through cross-learning.