Learn­ing pro­gram in­stills ‘De­sign with Heart’

Manila Bulletin - - Prop­erty News -

Fresh from their vic­tory in the re­cent Nip­pon Paint Young De­signer Award 2015 (NPYDA), an an­nual de­sign com­pe­ti­tion which chal­lenges young in­te­rior de­sign­ers and ar­chi­tects to fur­ther push the bound­aries for fu­ture liv­ing by cre­at­ing breath­ing, work­ing and leisure spa­ces that will ben­e­fit peo­ple from all walks of life, stu­dents Martha Joyce To­mas and Jose Au­gustin Ri­carte re­cently flew to Bangkok, Thai­land for their on­cein-a-life­time learn­ing pro­gram held in Chu­la­longkorn Univer­sity.

Now the win­ning duo is back and still heady from the learn­ing op­por­tu­nity they got from meet­ing three renowned cap­tains in the world of ar­chi­tec­ture and in­te­rior de­sign – Ar­chi­tects Paul Nori­taka Tange from Ja­pan, Se­rina Hi­j­jas from Malaysia and Amata Luphai­boon from Thai­land.

To­gether with fel­low NPYDA win­ners from 11 coun­tries, To­mas and Ri­carte par­tic­i­pated in dis­cus­sions with in­dus­try lead­ers and ex­pe­ri­enced be­ing coached on ef­fec­tive pre­sen­ta­tion and de­sign con­cept im­prove­ment by the Deputy Dean and As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor of Chu­la­longkorn Univer­sity’s De­part­ment of Ar­chi­tec­ture.

For them, the Bangkok learn­ing pro­gram el­e­vated their whole NPYDA ex­pe­ri­ence, which also earned them cash prizes plus a valu­able in­tern­ship with top in­te­rior de­sign firm, Lor Calma & Part­ners for To­mas; and renowned ar­chi­tec­tural firm, Casas+Ar­chi­tects Inc. for Ri­carte. It also gave them the chance to make their school – Univer­sity of the Sto. To­mas – very proud.

Both stu­dents said that their NPYDA ex­pe­ri­ence has changed their per­spec­tive in de­sign­ing. Now, both have in­ter­nal­ized NPYDA’s theme, “De­sign with Heart”, which chal­lenges and in­spires young minds to de­sign cre­atively, in­no­va­tively and re­spon­si­bly nur­tur­ing en­vi­ron­ments for every­one.

To­mas and Ri­carte’s in­no­va­tive ideas are tes­ta­ments of the abun­dance of tal­ent and cre­ativ­ity among Filipino in­te­rior de­sign and ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dents.

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