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The AYDA Awards (formerly known as the Asia Young Designer Awards), was first launched in 2008 as part of Nippon Paint's vision to nurture the next generation of design talents. The award 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 and fellow Architectural and Interior Design peers in the region.

Since then, AYDA has grown in reach and stature and has now established itself as one of Asia's premier design awards. It has received more than 50,000 entries from over 1,200 tertiary education institutions to date across 16 geographical locations globally. 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. In addition, the platform has enabled the participants to gain first-hand industry knowledge, personalised coaching, mentoring and skills-building through various workshops by experienced lecturers and industry professionals. On top of that, this experience allowed participants to learn from their fellow peers from within and across borders.

Every year. AYDA presents yet another opportunity for young design talents to push their design boundaries further beyond the norm. Through the various experiential learnings and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities such as these, AYDA has established a close-knit design community comprising professional architects, interior designers, industry associations, partners, design schools, alumni, and design students

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"Knowledge is Power."

Ethos was started sixteen years ago by Ar. Gita Balakrishnan, as a response to a need to build awareness on our built environment; a need to bridge the gap between students undergoing education in colleges and the outside professional world; a need to provide more opportunities to budding professionals and to create a platform, a network of young designers and civil engineers who are to be decision-makers in the years to come.

Ethos works towards sensitizing students of architecture and civil engineering to the culture and the ethos that their designs would need to respond to. There is an effort to equip students to be agents of change, to lead and not just follow and to contribute towards building of a harmonious society. Ethos' main objective is to be the wind beneath the wings of young minds that are to shape our built environment in the years to come.

Our association with AYDA is another step in the same direction.