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27 Mar 2014

WAF Awards 2014

World Architecture Festival awards 2014: Open for entries

Richard Rogers to preside over awards as chair of the super-jury

26 March 2014 – The annual search has begun to find the best new buildings on the planet as the World Architecture Festival (WAF) awards 2014, the world’s largest architectural awards programme, is now open for entries. The deadline for all entries will be 30th May 2014

The World Architecture Festival (WAF), the world’s largest, live, inclusive and interactive global architecture event, is returning for its seventh successive year. The festival will once again be taking place at the spectacular Marina Bay Sands resort in Singapore from 1st to 3rd October 2014.

World Building of the Year Award 2013 – Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, New Zealand:
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki
photo : John Gollings

The WAF awards sit at the heart of the festival, and will see practices from around the world compete across 28 individual award categories for global recognition. Competing across three category groups of completed buildings, landscape projects and future projects, previous WAF award entrants have ranged from renowned global architectural firms to small local practices. Architects of every shortlisted project are invited to attend the festival to give a live presentation to a panel of judges, asserting their case for why their project should win. The winners of each category are put forward to compete for the coveted World Building of the Year award, presided over by the festival’s ‘super-jury’, with the presentation of the award being the culmination of WAF 2014.

The Festival’s organisers, i2i Events Group, have today unveiled this year’s ‘super jury’ comprising of a selection of the world’s leading architects and designers, led by renowned British architect Richard Rogers. Rogers will be joined on the super-jury by Rocco Yim, Julie Eizenberg, Enric Ruiz Geli and Peter Rich.

Paul Finch, WAF Programme Director said: “This year’s awards will yet again demonstrate the tremendous strength and depth of talent of the global architectural community. Many hundreds of entries are expected, with practices of all sizes set to compete across numerous awards category in the hope of securing the festival’s biggest accolade, the World Building of the Year award.”

“We’re delighted to have Richard Rogers chairing this year’s super-jury. Over the course of a truly brilliant career, Richard has been responsible for some of the world’s most innovative, emotive and captivating buildings. We look forward to working with him and the rest of the super-jury with the difficult task of distinguishing the most compelling aspects of what we expect to be the most competitive edition of the awards to date.”

World Building of the Year Award 2013 – Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, New Zealand:
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki
photo : John Gollings

The theme for WAF’s main conference sessions in 2014 will be ‘Architects and the City’. Speakers will examine the contribution architects can make, and the way they affect and are affected by, politics, infrastructure, planning, communities and technology. Presentations and panel discussions will feature prominent architects including Richard Rogers (UK); Rocco Yim (Hong Kong); and policy makers and urban organisations, including Thomas Wright, Executive Director of the Regional Plan Association of New York.

World Architecture Festival is collocated with INSIDE World Festival of Interiors INSIDE celebrates the world’s finest interiors of the last year and also has at its heart a live international awards programme. Entries for the INSIDE awards close on 30th May.

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4 Oct 2013

WAF Awards 2013

World Building of the Year Award 2013

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, New Zealand
Design: Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp and Archimedia
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki
photo : John Gollings

WAF Awards 2013 Overall Winners

Following three eventful days at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore, the festival’s super-jury has awarded the prestigious World Building of the Year Award to Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, New Zealand, designed by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp and Archimedia.

Two other major prizes were awarded during tonight’s gala dinner awards ceremony to mark the culmination of WAF 2013: • ‘Landscape of the Year’ and ‘Future Project of the Year’:

WAF2013 Future Project of the Year
- National Maritime Museum of China
Cox Rayner Architects
National Maritime Museum of China
picture from WAF

WAF2013 Landscape Project Award
- The Australian Garden
Taylor Cullity Lethlean + Paul Thompson

WAF2013 student competition
- Village in a Box
students from University of San Carlos in Cebu City, Philippines

WAF Awards 2013 Day 2 Winners

- Civic and Community: Women’s Opportunity Centre (Rwanda), Sharon Davis Design
- Villa: Namly House (Singapore), CHANG Architects
- Health: Rush University Medical Center New Hospital Tower (Chicago), Perkins+Will
- Production/Energy/Recycling – A Simple Factory Building (Singapore), Pencil
- Office Hotel/Leisure – Citizen M London Bankside (UK), Concrete
- Sport – Splashpoint Leisure Centre (UK), Wilkinson Eyre Architects
- New and Old – Conversion of the Palais Rasumofsky (Austria), Baar-Baarenfels Architekten
- Transport – Sydney Cruise Terminal (Australia), Johnson Pilton Walker Architects
- Culture – Aukland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki (New Zealand), Frances-Jones Morehen Thorp and Archimedia

- Future Projects Education – The Urban School In Elsinore (Denmark), EFFEKT, Rubow
- Future Projects Competition entries – National Maritime Museum of China (China), Cox Rayner Architects
- Future Projects Residential – Siamese Blossom (Thailand), Somdoon Architects Ltd
- Future Projects Experimental – White Collar Factory (UK), Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

PARKROYAL On Pickering, Singapore, WOHA:
PARKROYAL On Pickering Singapore
photo : Patrick Bingham-Hall

WAF Awards 2013 Day 2 INSIDE Category Winners

- Bars and Restaurants – Ammo Bar& Restaurant (Hong Kong), Wang
- Hotels – PARKROYAL on Pickering (Singapore), WOHA
- Education – DPS Kindergarten school (India), Khosla Associates
- Residential – Carrer Avinyó (Spain), David Kohn Architects
- Display – Hublot Pop-Up Store (Singapore), Asylum Creative Pte Ltd.

WAF Awards 2013 Day 1 Winners

- Completed Building House – The Left-Over-Space House (Australia), Cox Rayner Architects, Casey and Rebekah Vallance
- Completed Building Housing – 28th Street Apartments (USA), Koning Eizenberg Architecture
- Completed Building Office – Statoil Regional and International offices (Norway) A-Lab
- Completed Building Higher Education and research – University of Exeter: Forum Project (UK), Wilkinson Eyre Architects
- Completed Building Display – The Blue Planet (Denmark), 3XN
- Completed Building Religion – Sancaklar Mosque (Turkey), EAA – Emre Arolat Architects
- Completed Building Schools – Fontys Sports College (Netherlands) Mecanoo
- International Completed Building Shopping – Emporia (Sweden), Wingardh Arkitektkontor
- Future Projects Health – New Sulaibikhat Medical Center (Kuwait) AGi Architects
- Future Projects House – Meditation House (Lebanon), MZ Architects
- Future Projects Commercial Mixed Use – New Office in Central London (UK), Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
- Future Projects Office – Selcuk Ecza Headquarters (Turkey), Tabanlioglu Architects
- Future Projects Leisure-Led Development – Singapore Sports Hub (Singapore), Arup Associates + DP Architects + AECOM
- Future Projects Masterplanning – Earls Court Masterplan (UK) Farrells
- Future Projects Infrastructure – Brisbane Ferry Terminals Post-Flood Recovery (Australia), Cox Rayner Architects

Emporia Malmö, Sweden by Wingardh Arkitektkontor
Emporia Malmo
photo : Tord-Rikard Soderstrom

University of Exeter Forum Project, UK by Wilkinson Eyre Architects
The Forum University of Exeter
photograph © Hufton+Crow

Sancaklar Mosque, Turkey by EAA – Emre Arolat Architects
Sancaklar Mosque Buyuk Cekmece
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Fontys Sports College, Holland by Mecanoo
Fontys Sports College Building
photo : Christian Richters

Statoil Offices Oslo, Norway by A-Lab
Statoil Oslo Building
picture : Placebo Effects

WAF Awards 2013 : more images + links

WAF 2013 Discussion

Educational values: what are we teaching and why?

Speakers, incl. Charles Jencks:
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photos from Frazer Hay

• Are there universally recognized values underlying architectural education across the world?
• Does our approach need change to equip students to face shifting set of global challenges?
• What should be the balance between technical and process issues, and aesthetics, history and theory?
• How can critical thinking and its effects be incorporated into curricula?

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- Chaired by George B. Johnston, Professor and Chair, School of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology

- Leon van Schaik AO, Professor of Architecture, Innovation Chair – Design Practice Research, RMIT University
- Odile Decq, Principal, Studio Odile Decq, Head of Architecture, Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture
- Frazer Macdonald Hay, Director of Glasgow School of Art in Singapore

World Architecture Festival Awards
photo from Frazer Hay

WAF Events

The 2013 World Architecture Festival launched with more socials, study tours and launch parties than ever before.

- 30 architects attended the Singapore Sports Hub tour
- 58 architects attended a bus tour through Singapore’s main architectural areas
- 6 people went head to head in our annual Pecha Kucha night including Mr Pecha Kucha himself Mark Dytham, Pernilla Ohrstedt and Chris Bose

1 Oct – Images from today, kindly shared by e-architect Editorial Board member Frazer Macdonald Hay who is Head of Glasgow School of Art in Singapore:

PechaKucha night starts off WAF with the man that started the presentation format in Tokyo:
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photos © Frazer Hay

Register now and join us in taking over Singapore for the years’ only festival dedicated to global architecture. Download the festival brochure to see what’s going on at WAF or see the brief overview below:


- 1 Oct: Singapore Sports Hub
- 1 Oct: Singapore architecture tour and Grohe Live Center
- Throughout the festival: Behind the scenes at Marina Bay Sands

WAF Speakers

• The value of infrastructure: Singapore Sports Hub as a model driving economic and social value: Jonathan Rose, Principal, Aecom / Teoh Hai Pin, Director, DP Architects / Clive Lewis, Associate Director, Arup / Yu Khing, Chief Operating Officer, Singapore Sports Hub Session
• The value of art and architecture: Will Alsop, Principal, All Design / Chris Wilkinson, Principal, Wilkinson Eyre / Mark Wee, Chairman Council Member, Singapore Institute of Architects / Theodore Chan, President, Singapore Institute of Architects
• Value of BIM: technology update Richard Waterhouse, Chief Executive, RIBA Enterprises
• Japan: reconstruction and recovery Akihiko Hamada, Principal, Nikken Sekkei Tatsuya Hatori, Architect Nikken Sekkei Akira Tsujimoto, Nikken Sekkei Research Institute
• The value of communication: Peter Murray, Chairman, New London Architecture and Wordsearch Communications
• New materials update: Ben Morris, Managing Director, Vector Foiltech

WAF Awards 2013
image from WAF

Keynote WAF Speakers

2 Oct
- Designing for Delight – Nigel Coates, Principal, Nigel Coates Studio
- The Values of Architecture – Charles Jencks

3 Oct
- The New Luxury – Rob Wagemans, Principal, Concrete Architecture Studio
- The Purpose of Architecture – Dietmar Eberle, Principal, Baumschlager Eberle

4 Oct
- Architecture and Urbanism – Sou Fujimoto, Principal, Sou Fujimoto Architects

WAF awards

WAF hosts architecture’s most exciting awards showdown. Practices big and small compete live for awards in 38 categories on Wednesday 2 October and Thursday 3 October in front of acclaimed juries in the WAF crit rooms. On Friday 4 October the winners of the awards go on to compete in front of a super jury for a chance of winning on of two of the architecture communitie’s ultimate accolades: World Building of the Year and Future Project of the Year.

Practices and architects presenting in the WAF crit rooms include:

• Zaha Hadid Architects
• Robert A. M. Stern Architects
• Mossesian&Partners
• Turenscape
• Studio MK27
• Miralles Tagliabue EMBT
• Wilkinosn Eyre Architects
• Cox Rayner Architects
• And many more…

WAF socials
Tuesday 1 October – WAF opening night followed by “Design of a Decade” show with ColourFutures™ launch
Wednesday 2 October – WAF welcome reception
Friday 4 October – Pre Dinner Drinks Reception
Friday 4 October – WAF Gala dinner and awards

The festival hall
From meeting contacts new and old, media and clients the exhibition is a networking hub where you can enjoy a drink at the WAF bar anytime of the day. Register now to being networking with media, clients and architects straight away with our pre-event networking app.

Singapore Architecture

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WAF Awards 2012

World Building of the Year Award 2012
Gardens by the Bay Singapore
photo : Darren Chin
World Building of the Year winner : Gardens by the Bay Conservatories Singapore

World Architecture Festival Awards 2012 buildings news

WAF Awards 2011

WAF Awards

the e-architect team were at WAF from Wed to Fri

Media-TIC wins World Building of the Year 2011 at World Architecture Festival Awards
Media-TIC Barcelona
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Media-TIC : World Building of the Year 2011

CCIB Building, Diagonal Mar, Barcelona, Spain
WAF Awards venue
photo © Adrian Welch, 2011
WAF Awards venue : CCIB Barcelona

World Building of the Year 2010

WAF Awards Overall winner

MAXXI, Rome, winner of World Building of the Year 2010
photo : Roland Halbe
MAXXI Rome by Zaha Hadid Architects

WAF Awards 2010 Winners

WAF Awards 2010 – Festival Events

World Building of the Year 2009

Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre, South Africa
Peter Rich Architects
South African Interpretation Centre
picture from FD

WAF Building of the Year 2009

World Building of the Year 2008

Universita Luigi Bocconi, Italy
Grafton Architects
University Luigi Bocconi
photograph : Federico Brunetti

WAF Building of the Year 2008

World Architecture Festival Awards 2009 – including the Shortlist

Stirling Prize

WAF Awards : 2008

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