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AYDA was first launched in 2008 as part of Nippon Paint’s vision to nurture the future generation of talents in the interior design and architecture landscape. A decade since its inception in 2008, AYDA has gained recognition from established universities, key industry leaders and associations. It has also extended its reach from a single-country competition in Malaysia to impacting over thousands of students across 15 countries in Asia Pacific.

The platform has evolved from being merely just another design competition for young talents to one that offers opportunities for young talents to engage and gain first-hand exposure to personalised coaching, mentoring and skill-building workshops alongside renowned industry practitioners within and across the borders.

As part of the ongoing learning experience for the design students, the AYDA XChange platform was mooted to facilitate the exchange of design ideas with industry captains of the architecture and interior design fields. Beyond being just a knowledge-exchange platform, the culmination of AYDA takes place at the Regional Learning Programme where the winners from each of the 15 competing countries gather to gain cross-border experiences and knowledge exchange from fellow peers and practitioners of various cultural backgrounds.