Architecture student wins two awards at Daikin Youth Design Competition 2023

Second from left: Ler Teck Ho and Encik Abd Muluk bin Abd Manan

UTAR Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science (LKC FES) Bachelor of Science (Honours) Architecture student, Ler Teck Ho, won the Bronze Award and the Best Air Cond Design Award at the Daikin Youth Design Competition 2023. The award ceremony was organised on 10 November 2023 at Daikin Solution Plaza, Kuala Lumpur.

With the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the foundation, the Daikin Youth Design Competition 2023 aimed at gathering local designers to design key projects for the betterment of the environment and city life in the future 2030. The competition consisted of two categories, namely Residential Category and Commercial Category. It was open to local undergraduate students and designers, aged between 18 to 24 years old, who specialise in interior design, interior architecture and architecture.

The Daikin Youth Design Competition 2023 included project submission and oral presentation components. The participants were tasked to design their projects based on the criteria provided by Daikin. Furthermore, the overarching theme ‘Create your future space’ aimed to set the stage for innovative design solutions.

The designated project by Ler, titled “EcoLuxe – future”, blended luxury, sustainability, and innovation to create an interior design concept that is imbued with the values of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “By incorporating eco-friendly materials, energy-efficient systems, and thoughtful design, the spaces offer a tangible example of how luxurious living can coexist with environmental responsibility. The use of eco-friendly materials reduces environmental impact, while energy-efficient systems align with broader environmental goals, promoting sustainable practices and conscious living. The design also promotes a lifestyle that harmonises with nature by fostering a sense of well-being. For example, the incorporation of green spaces, energy-efficient lighting, and responsibly sourced materials not only enhances the living experience, but also sets a precedent for sustainable design practices in the industry. Therefore, this project serves as a beacon, inspiring others to adopt environmentally conscious approaches in their own living spaces, which ultimately helps in fostering a broader positive impact on society, the environment, and the industry,” explained Ler about his award-winning project.

He added, “The project was inspired by a vision to create spaces that seamlessly blend luxury and sustainability, embodying the principles of the SDGs. The goal was to design environments that not only reflect elegance, but also contribute to a more eco-conscious and harmonious future.”

As a commemoration for Ler Teck Ho’s creative display of innovation in the Residential Category, he was honoured with the Bronze Award, receiving RM1,500 as the winning prize along with a certificate. Ler also walked away with a reward of RM1,000 and certificates for clinching the Best Air Conditioning Design Award. He said, “I joined the competition seeking new challenges and insights in the interior design industry. Motivated by positivity and a willingness to confront the unknown, I embraced the opportunity to translate my knowledge from school into the competition work. Winning the award left me pleasantly surprised and grateful. The experience not only brought new learnings during the oral presentation but also affirmed the value of my academic efforts. These recognitions go beyond personal validation, providing a confidence boost to persist in my dedicated pursuit of a successful future.”

Ler (left) with his prizes

“Ecoluxe – future” offers functionality, sustainability and innovation in luxurious spaces

Daikin Youth Design Competition 2023

The goal of the Daikin Youth Design Competition 2023 was to rally local designers for a project aimed at enhancing city life by 2030. The initiative went beyond mere aesthetics, incorporating the principles of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The competition served as a transformative journey towards a future where prosperity is shared, societies are inclusive, and the environment is safeguarded, aligning with the global vision for sustainable development from 2015 to 2030.

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