International media group Emap is inviting architects worldwide to enter their projects into the World Architecture Festival (WAF) awards, the biggest architectural awards programme in the world which will celebrate the work, concerns and aspirations of the international architectural community. The Festival will take place in Barcelona , Spain from 22 - 24 October 2008 at the Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona (CCIB). Buildings (whether new, restored, rehabilitated or converted) that have been completed between 1st January 2007 and 20th June 2008 are eligible to enter the awards. Entries are invited from 15th April until 20th June 2008 and architects are encouraged to complete the simple entry procedure starting at the website (www.worldarchitecturefestival.com), and then as hard copy. Entrants will be able to track their submissions via the website as well as buying Festival visitor tickets, and managing their bookings.
The inaugural World Architecture Festival awards will showcase, compare and contrast an outstanding range of completed buildings created by a profession which has always looked beyond national borders to the wider world of architectural culture.
Headed by Lord (Norman) Foster, the international judging panels will comprise architects, allied professionals, clients and critics, including a “super-jury”, who will decide the ‘best in show’ prize – the first architectural ‘Prix de Barcelona’. Please see notes to editors for full jury list. Following the closing date of 20th June, shortlisting will then be carried out by an international jury during July. At this stage, 16 buildings will be shortlisted in each of the competition’s 16 categories (i.e., 256 buildings in total). All shortlisted architects will then present their work live to juries and audiences at the Festival, competing against each other to become category winners. All entries will be exhibited at the Festival in a huge gallery modelled on the Barcelona grid, and after the Festival all entries will be permanently available on-line, on the WAF website.