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Enter Your Projects Into the World Architecture Festival Awards

World Architecture Festival will take place in Lisbon, from the 30 November – 2 December 2022. This year’s WAF theme is ‘Together’. Festival speakers and participants will be invited to consider how architecture is responding to the renewal of collective life post-pandemic, and in the light of commitments to combatting climate change.

World Architecture Festival 2021 Reveals Its Winners

World Architecture Festival has revealed the winners for this year’s categories, highlighting buildings and landscapes completed across the world between 2019 and 2021. Chosen from almost 500 shortlisted projects from 62 countries, the winning projects showcase exemplary contributions to the built environment reflecting this edition’s theme: ‘Resetting the City: Greening, Health and Urbanism’. In addition to the completed buildings categories, the annual award also announced Copenhill, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, as the 2021 World Building, while SLA was awarded Landscape of the Year for its design of Al Fay Park.

MIXED USE - The Post Building © Timothy Soar URBAN CONTEXT - Niederhafen River Promenade by Zaha Hadid Architects © Piet Niemann DISPLAY - Terra the Sustainability Pavilion, Dubai Expo 2020 by Grimshaw © Philip Handforth RELIGION - Niijima Chapel by Tezuka Architects © FOTOTECA - KIDA KATSHUHISHA + 30

Meet the Winners of the 2021 Architecture Drawing Prize

The Architecture Drawing Prize is celebrating its fifth year and continues to attract outstanding entries from around the world. This year has been exceptional in the number and strength of student submissions the Prize has attracted across its three categories for entry: hand-drawn, hybrid and digital. In fact, the winning drawings for all three categories are by students.

The Architectural Photography Awards 2021 Announces its Shortlist

The Architectural Photography Awards 2021 has announced its shortlist for its ninth edition. Supported by Aluprof UK and the World Architecture Festival (WAF), the shortlist was selected from around 2000 entries and 42 countries, "highlighting the expertise of architectural photography and focusing on the skill and creativity of the photographer". The photographs are divided into 6 categories: Exterior, Interior, Sense of Place, Buildings in Use, Mobile, which this year’s theme is Greening the City, and Portfolio with the theme of Building with History.

Exterior: Maggie Centre by Alex de Rijke. Image © The Architectural Photography Awards 2021Interiors: The Rainbow Apartment by Yifeng Ding. Image © The Architectural Photography Awards 2021Interiors: Koujak Jaber Building by James Kerwin. Image © The Architectural Photography Awards 2021Buildings in Use: Whithworth Art Gallery by Jak Spedding. Image © The Architectural Photography Awards 2021+ 27

Drawing from an Architect’s Perspective: Interview with Ken Shuttleworth to Mark 5 years of The Architecture Drawing Prize

This short essay, written by the author and critic Jonathan Glancey, coincides with the launch of the inaugural Architecture Drawing Prize – a competition curated by the World Architecture Festival, the Sir John Soane's Museum, and Make. The deadline for the award is the 17th of September 2021.

“Is graphicacy a word?” asks Ken Shuttleworth, founder of Make Architects and instigator of The Architecture Drawing Prize. It is. “Like literacy”, he says, “, it’s certainly what I’m interested in when looking at and judging drawings. It’s about a fluency in making and understanding them.” The Architecture Drawing Prize is in its fifth year now. “We tend to see very few hand drawings by young architects - they mostly use computers - and, today, most architectural students come from more of a maths and physics than an art background. I still believe, though, that hand drawing is very important.”

World Architecture Festival 2021 Shortlist Unveiled

Some of the best architecture by today’s foremost practices is revealed as the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards announces its 2021 shortlist, celebrating buildings and landscapes to have been completed across the world between 2019 and 2021. The 200-strong shortlist has been selected from over 700 entries from countries ranging from China and Japan to Mexico and Ecuador.

WAFX 2021 Prize Winners Announced

Twelve big-picture architectural initiatives addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges have won the first of this year’s World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards. The 2021 WAFX Awards celebrate project proposals from across the world tackling today’s global issues, ranging from pandemic control and the climate emergency, to social equity, cultural identity, aging populations, and food supply.

World Architecture Festival Goes Virtual in December, Returning as Live Event in June 2021

The World Architecture Festival just announced the launch of WAFVirtual from 30 November – 4 December 2020, where the worldwide architectural community can engage in a week of live content, special prizes, talks, panel discussions and networking opportunities with peers and our WAF partners. Registration will be free for architects and design professionals.

World Architecture Festival Still Planned for December and Gives Additional Time to Submit your Entries

World Architecture Festival and World Festival of Interiors: Inside is scheduled for 2 – 4 December, in Lisbon.  Preparations for the event are going ahead in the typical way and architects from across the globe are continuing to submit their online awards entries.

World Architecture Festival and World Festival of Interiors 2020 Opens for Entries

For the first time, the World Architecture Festival will take place in Lisbon, form the 2-4 December 2020. The annual global awards program is now open for entries to all international architects and designers. WAF attracts more than 1000 entries each year to compete in Completed Building, Future Project and Interior categories.

World Architecture Festival is the only architecture awards where all shortlisted practices present their projects live, in front of festival delegates and the judging panels at the festival in Lisbon.

LocHal Public Library Named 2019 Building of the Year at World Architecture Festival

The World Architecture Festival invites shortlisted architects from around the world to present their projects in a range of categories, the winners of which are invited to present in front of a Super Jury for final selection.

In the 2019 version of the festival, LocHal Public Library by Civic Architects has been named the World Building of the Year concluding this year's three-day event in Amsterdam. This year's winner was selected from a strikingly broad shortlist that included works from offices such as Heatherwick Studio, CEBRA, Nikken Sekkei, and Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners.

© Su Chen, Chun Fang© Onnis Luque© Francisco Nogueira© Laurian Ghinitoiu+ 18

WAF 2019: Day 2 Winners Announced

As the World Architecture Festival 2019 continues, we are happy to announce the winners of the second day of the event. Works by Herzog & de Meuron, Heathewick Studio, White Arkitekter and many more international practices inside!

© Stijn Bollaert© Kuo-Min Lee© Rasmus Hjortshoj© Shengliang Su+ 22

World Architecture Festival 2019: Watch the Live Stream

Follow along during the twelfth edition of the World Architecture Festival through ArchDaily's Live Stream. As the world’s biggest architectural awards program, WAF brings together more than 2,000 architects and designers to Amsterdam for three days of conference programs, awards, and exhibition events from December 4-6. Tune in to our Facebook live streams for a selection of lectures.

© Rasmus HjortshojCourtesy of JKMM Architects, WAFCourtesy of Mecanoo Architecten, WAF© Safdie Architects, WAF+ 5

Shortlist Announced for the Architectural Photography Awards 2019

The Architectural Photography Awards 2019 has revealed its shortlisted images under 6 categories: Exterior, Interior, Sense of Place, Buildings in Use, Mobile, and Portfolio. Sponsored by Sto and supported by the World Architecture Festival (WAF), this year’s lineup was selected from nearly 2000 entries from 42 countries.

Prized Hand-Drawings Return a Building to an Organically Conceived Whole

A century on, the compelling idea that Modern architecture emerged like some blindingly white, crystalline and disruptive phoenix from the darkness, death and destruction of the First World War is, perhaps, a familiar one. And, yet, the charcoal sketches and chiaroscuro montages Mies van der Rohe made during and after the epochal competition for the Berlin Friedrichstrasse Skyscraper of 1921-22 retain the power to catch the eye, provoke and disturb in our own era of overwhelming imagery much of it produced by and with computer programs.

What is so very remarkable about these century-old visionary drawings is that they portray a future building type - verging on the ethereal and more or less impossible to realize at the time - in the earthiest of drawing materials. It had been a stroke of genius to use charcoal to evoke an architecture of lightness rising from the embers of the trenches that would revolutionize the way we shaped tall buildings and with them our city streets. Such is the power of drawing by hand.

Anneke Vervoort, Landschaftspark, Duisburg, Germany, 2016, India ink and watercolour, 13 x 19 3/4 inChris Dove, Rooves of Venice, 2015, Pen and ink, 27 1/2 x 19 3/4 inNataly Eliseeva, City dovecote, architectural fantasy, 2010, Pen and ink, 7 7/8 x 11 3/4 inStefan Davidovici, Imaginary Jerusalem, 3, 2010, Ink on paper, 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 in+ 7

World Architecture Festival Call for Entries to The 2019 Architecture Drawing Prize

American Dream or American Nightmare by Yue Ma, Cornell University
American Dream or American Nightmare by Yue Ma, Cornell University

In the spirit of many great architects of the past, from Palladio and John Soane to Le Corbusier and Cedric Price, The Architecture Drawing Prize is an ideal platform for reflecting on and exploring how drawing continues to advance the art of architecture today. It embraces the creative use of digital tools and digitally produced renderings, while recognizing the enduring importance of hand drawing. The organizers invite entries of all types and forms: from technical or construction drawings to cutaway or perspective views – and anything in between.

Elizabeth Diller and Studio Fuksas Join Line-Up of Speakers at World Architecture Festival 2019 in Amsterdam

Elizabeth Diller, Founder and Partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, will give the closing keynote address at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Amsterdam on 6 December 2019. She will follow a stellar line-up of over 48 speakers shaping the global architecture agenda over the three-day event, including Ben Van Berkel and Doriana Mandrelli Fuksas and Massimiliano Fuksas. The festival runs from 4-6 December.