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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 thousands of students across 15 countries in the 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 personalized coaching, mentoring, and skill-building workshops alongside renowned industry practitioners within and across the borders.