marți, 23 iunie 2009

Final call for entries to World’s biggest architectural awards programme

- Entries pour in for World Architecture Festival Awards -

Time is running out to submit entries to the world’s largest architectural awards programme - the World Architecture Festival Awards (WAFA).

The closing date is 26th June; hundreds of entries are pouring in from around the world in the annual contest to find the world’s best building. From a bamboo structure in Iran to an international embassy in Thailand, a reading nest in Denmark and a private house in Japan, the entries submitted paint a global picture of the breadth and depth of architecture today.

Online entries are invited in four sections – completed buildings, future projects, interiors and fit-outs, and structural design at

Projects completed between 1 January 2008 and 26 June 2009 are eligible, while future project designs must have been started after 1 January 2008. From aquariums to swimming pools, cinemas to casinos, private houses to shopping centres, concrete to timber, master planning to experimental projects, no matter what your project there’s a category to suit every building type, meaning projects are judged against similar buildings and stand an excellent change of being shortlisted.

The Awards will be taking place in Barcelona for the second year running, during World Architecture Festival, at the Centre Convencions International Barcelona (CCIB) from 4th to 6th November 2009.

Alvin Huang, Director at Amanda Levete Architects in London, said: “Entering the WAF awards is a great opportunity for us to showcase our projects to a broader audience and garner recognition from our peers. The panel of judges assembled is am impressive group, whose work and critique we greatly respect.”

The WAF Awards offer an excellent platform for smaller practices to raise their profile. Pouya Khazaeli, of Rai Studio, based in Iran said: “I believe that WAF can play a main role in realising our goal to become an international firm in a short period of time.”

The WAF Awards celebrate the work, concerns and aspirations of the international architectural community. Unlike other schemes, the WAF Awards involve shortlisted architects presenting their schemes live to delegates as well as international judging panels as they compete for the ultimate accolade of World Building of the Year 2009 and other awards.

A jury of distinguished architects and renowned industry figures from around the world will judge the competition’s 42 Awards. The 15 category winners in the Building of the Year Award will be pitted against each other as a star studded ‘super-jury’, one of the highlights of 2008, will again make the final decision on the World Building of the Year Award on 6th November 2009 in Barcelona at the end of the three day event. Confirmed jurors this year will include Rafael Vinoly, Sir Peter Cook, Kengo Kuma and Will Alsop, plus architectural media editors from around the world.

Every design entered for the Awards will be exhibited in the Awards Gallery at the Festival, which will also feature a packed programme of presentations, seminars, exhibitions, and keynote addresses from prominent architects.

Online entry to the WAF Awards is open until 26 June 2009. To enter the Awards visit:

Entries are now being invited in the following categories:

Completed buildings

Civic and community Housing Learning

Culture Landscaping New and old

Display Office Production

Health Shopping Sport

Holiday Transport House

New for 2009:

Interiors and fit out Future projects Structural Design

Offices Masterplanning Spans

Hotels and casinos Landscape Towers

Health small Infrastructure Metal

Health large Competition entries Concrete

Bars and restaurants Residential Timber

Culture and civic Commercial Glass

Retail small Cultural Tensile

Retail large Experimental projects Composites


Sponsors and supporters already committed to the second World Architecture Festival include planning, architectural and consulting firm Nikken Sekkei, energy saving lamp manufacturer Megaman, and the leading provider of comprehensive planning, environmental, design and information technology consulting services, EDAW AECOM.


For further information, please contact:

Jo Reid, Tilly Shirlaw at FD on: or


The organiser of the World Architecture Festival, Emap, runs a number of other festivals including the World Retail Congress and Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. It also publishes, among other things, the Architectural Review, the Architects' Journal, and Middle East Economic Digest.

To enquire about becoming an official WAF 09 media partner please contact:

Joanna Pocock

WAF Campaign Manager

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