International Award for Sri Lankan Winner of Asia Young Designer Awards

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  • Project: ‘Waste Upcycling Park and Wetland Awareness Center’

Dihan Dhamika Inshan recently received the international award in the Architectural Category for his project titled, ‘Waste Upcycling Park and Wetland Awareness Center’ at the Asia Young Designer Awards. Earlier, he became the Sri Lanka Gold Winner in the Architectural Category. Entries from fifteen countries including China, Japan, India, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand competed for this top award for young architectural and interior design category in Asia.

From Left – Indika Ganeshanantham – Executive Specifier Relations (NPL), M Z Raju – Manager Corporate Sales (NPL), Nemantha Abeysinghe, General Manager, Nippon Paint Lanka (NPL), Winner of international award in the Architectural Category for the project titled, ‘Waste Upcycling Park and Wetland Awareness Center’, Dihan Dhamika Inshan and Dinesh Dilhan – Business Development Manager (NPL).

“We are very happy and congratulate Dihan for winning this award for Sri Lanka amid some stiff competition,” said Nemantha Abeysinghe, General Manager, Nippon Paint Lanka. “This is one of Asia’s premier design awards and we look forward to more talented young designers from Sri Lanka winning in different categories in the years to come.”

More than 35,000 entries from over 1,200 tertiary education institutions across 16 different geographical locations in Asia were received for this competition. The Judges in the AYDA 2021/22 International Architectural Category were Ezumi Harzani Ismail, Director, Arkitek Maa Sdn Bhd; Kazuma Yamao, Founding Partner, Waiwai; Nicholas Ho, Chairman, Ho & Partners Architects; Paul Noritaka Tange, Chairman, Tange Associates; and Ravi Sarangan, Director, Edifice. 

As part of AYDA’s mission to produce designers who are active advocates for their society, Nippon Paint’s partnership with Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (Harvard GSD), USA will award each category grand winner with an all-expense-paid three-week trip to attend the institution’s Design Discovery Programme worth up to USD 10,000. 

Nippon Paint also provides students with the funds they need to pursue their education at Harvard GSD through the Gennosuke Obata Fellowship Fund. As believers of long-term collaborations, Nippon Paint will be connected to Harvard GSD’s alumni around the world to allow more collaboration between Harvard GSD and AYDA in the future.


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