American Standard Design Awards 2022: Embracing Filipino Sustainability Through Purposeful Design in the New Normal
Once again, Filipino ingenuity was at the forefront of the recently concluded American Standard Design Awards (ASDA) 2022 with the theme Purposeful Design—Transforming the Way We Live. LIXIL, the makers of water and housing products, announced the national winners of the design competition.
The competition allowed Year 2 (and above) tertiary students to craft designs that can improve everyday living while contributing to the sustainability of our society. ASDA encouraged students to showcase their distinctive bathroom designs from participating countries Cambodia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Australia, and New Zealand.
Upon its announcement in October 2021, ASDA received 658 Philippine registrations and 149 total entries submitted. After a thorough evaluation, the ASDA Philippines 2022 Judging Panel announced on March 23, 2022, their 12 student-finalists from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
“Purposeful design as a theme elevated the entire competition,” says Hermie Limbo, Head of LIXIL Water Technology Philippines. He also adds that ASDA 2022 was about designing for the times we live in. It’s a challenge that designers must face beyond the new normal. “They’re so appropriate for the changing world. An up for the new normal and beyond indeed,” says Limbo.
A win for the future of design in the Philippines
The competition had two categories centered on daily consumer issues and the emerging lifestyle trends beyond the pandemic. These categories were the Residential Bathroom Space Design focused on users of young families with children aged four to eight and Hospitality Bathroom Space Design which targets hotel guests on business or leisure trips.
The chosen 12 student-finalists presented their concepts to a panel of thought leaders known in the local architecture and interior design industry. The judges included Jojo Tolentino, President and CEO of AIDEA, Inc.; Chat Fores, Founder-Partner of Chat Fores Interior Design Studio; Ivy Almario, President of Atelier Almario; Joralyn Soriano-Ong, Leader in Sales & Marketing of LIXIL Water Technology APAC; and Judith Torres, Editor-at-large of Kanto.com.ph.
For the Residential Bathroom Space Design category, JR Caberte of the University of Santo Tomas won the top prize with his concept “Biophi+LIVE Living with Urban Sustainability & Environmental Consciousness.” His fellow UST architecture students, Nicole Angela Teñoso and Erika Mae Samaniego, came in second and third place. For the Hospitality Bathroom Space Design category, architecture student, Oliver Jaison Juria, bagged first place with his concept, “Flow: Transitioning to an Innovative Hospitality Design.” Architecture student Vanessa Mae Corpuz won second place, followed by Danielle Ann Balatan from the University of Santo Tomas in third place.
Also sending his congratulations was Satoshi Konagai, Leader of LIXIL Water Technology Asia Pacific. He offered his congratulations to the student-finalists for their impressive work. “I was so impressed by the great effort each of you has put up to come out with beautiful and purposeful designs,” says Konagai.
Following their victory, national winners, JR Caberte and Oliver Jason Juria received intensive coaching from the national ASDA Philippines 2022 panel. Through this, the finalists trained extensively for weeks to present their concepts in front of the ASDA 2022 regional judges.
Purposeful from beginning to end
All national winners of the participating ASDA 2022 countries came together via an online conference last April 25, 2022. Lê Đức Thịnh of Vietnam took the top spot in the Residential Bathroom Space Design category, while Teeragiat Sukyoo of Thailand won the Hospitality Bathroom Space Design category. An exhibition of their successful concepts will follow.
For more information about the winning entries of ASDA 2022 Asia-Pacific, visit the ASDA website.