National Design Centre , Singapore

Two participants chosen by the primary competition in their own countries are eligible to participate.

April 21, 2017-April 23, 2017

19 participants from 12 countries

Singapore, Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Taiwan

“The Asian Contest of Architectural

 Rookie's Award” is an architectural

 competition which judges and eval

uates the works of participants from

Asian countries.  They present their

own works and discuss the problems

 and possibilities of their works with

the judges to improve their skills. The

purpose of the competition is to promote some cultural exchange through architecture while paying attention to characteristics of designing tasks related to architectural education in each country. By building a network, architecture in Asia would be activated in the near future, causing further development in Asian architecture. The venue of the competition changes around Asia every year to build networks for architectural education and modern architecture in Asia.

“The 5th Asian Contest of Architectural Rookie’s Award” was going to be held in Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia in the end of last September but it was canceled due to lack of preparation by the host organizer.  After that, Singapore came up as next venue and the competition was held there from 21st to 23rd of April this year.  Singapore National University sponsored it and finally 19 students from 12 countries were able to participate in this competition


Youngil Lee (Chairman for The Asian Contest of Architectural Rookie's Award)


Jun Igarashi

1970年     Born on Hokkaido

1997年     Set up own practice Jun Igarashi Architects Inc.,


Youko Kawai

(KANSAI University)

Ran Karube

(WASEDA University)

■How was The Asian Contest of Architectural Rookie’s Award?

It was a very nice experience. It was a bit scary for me to present and to be commented on my work outside my home country but it was definitely a precious experience. I both lost and gained courage in some points and recognizing these points made me rethink about my future course. I honestly began to think that I would like to deepen my studies on architecture. Another thing to mention is, I was really anxious because this year, I heard that no SHINJINSEN staff was accompanying us even though I wasn’t very good at English.

However, since most of the participants’ mother tongue weren’t English, I was able to chat with one another without hesitation. Everyone tried to pick up what I said, pronounced slowly, and changed the words into simple phrases. I felt something like an Asian character—to be thoughtful for others. We prepared for the presentations and went on sightseeing in our free time. Those are great memories. I sometimes communicate with a Vietnamese girl student on SNS even now.


■How was the participants’ works and presentations from other countries?

Overall, the level was pretty high, and I remembered that the others were making extensive use of color sensation and digital expression. I might felt so because I am not really good at digital. It seems that the model materials etc. that are easily accessible in each country are different and I think this is one of the reasons why they are strong at digital. The presentation sheets from Southeast Asian countries were relatively colored with vivid colors, those from the East Asia (Japan, China, and Korea) were in a softened tone. Since the participants gathered from various countries, I was able to have a glimpse of something like their life and personalities fostered by their culture, and the climate and the natural features that surrounds the culture. I felt like I was confronted with the uniqueness of the Japanese environment. Further more, there were some works that were their maiden work.

I was impressed by their daring proposal details and high degree of perfection.

I also felt envious to the powerful work that focused on the challenges their home country was facing.

Including the fact that I took part at the time when I started thinking about my diploma design, the Asian SHINJINSEN was a very meaningful contest.





■How was The Asian Contest of Architectural Rookie’s Award?

I was so grateful that I was able to participate into this competition. It was a very precious opportunity to learn architecture over the sea, and I could be exposed to sense of different values.

I also had a good time through talking with foreign students and teachers.


■How was the participants’ works and presentations from other countries?

Every work was impressive in that participants were groping for their countries’ style. I was amazed by student’s high skill of expression and it was a great experience that I couldn’t get in Japan.



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