World Architecture Festival and Awards, WAF

28 - 30 November 2018, RAI Amsterdam


The world's leading architecture event

The World Architecture Festival 2018 took place in Amsterdam at the end of November. We welcomed a record breaking number of delegates and saw more shortlisted practices present live at the festival than ever before. Congratulations to all the award winners see them all here.

WAF 2019 will take place on the 4-6 December at RAI AmsterdamRegister your interest for 2019 and be the first to know when early-bird award entries and delegate tickets go on sale.


The World Architecture Festival is dedicated to celebrating, sharing and inspiring outstanding architecture. It is the only architecture event where keynote talks from the industry’s most influential figures sit alongside live judging presentations from over 500 award finalists plus global networking and an international product exhibition.


Held in Amsterdam this year, the WAF awards sit at the heart of the festival, the only global awards programme where architects present their completed buildings and future projects live to a panel of internationally renowned judges and delegates from around the world. This year there are more award finalists to see, more presentations and prizes to be received, more delegates to network and more fringe activity than ever before. From presentations in the crit rooms, to conference sessions, to exclusive Amsterdam tours, plus multiple social events, now is your chance to book your festival ticket to enjoy all WAF has to offer! Click here to book.




Category Winners



2018 Keynote speakers

Across two stages, the World Architecture Festival programme will present key-notes, discussions and debates led by world-renowned architects who will look at some of the most critical challenges facing the architecture and design industry.     

Sir David Adjaye
Sir David Adjaye, Adjaye Associates
Jeanne Gang
Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang
Rem Koolhaas
Rem Koolhaas, OMA 
Li Xiaodong
Li Xiaodong, Li Xiaodong Atelier, Tsinghua University School of Architecture

2018 Super Jury

Natalie de  Vries
Natalie de Vries
Lesley Lokko
Lesley Lokko
Manuelle Gautrand
Manuelle Gautrand
Mohsen Mostafavi
Frederick Cooper Llosa
Li Xiaodong
Li Xiaodong

This was a real eye opener and a brilliant event in that everything happening around the world is brought to a single event. I was really impressed with the topics and speakers especially on how architecture see's the future of the world and the global issues that are being addressed.

Gansen Govender, Senior Project Manager, GHD

Winning the award is a great encouragement for what we have done, for refreshing ourselves, our architecture. After WAF, we have been well-known from around the world and it gives us chances to meet and talk to different people, this is very important to us, especially when we are always searching for doing something new.

Sanjay Puri, Founder, Sanjay Puri Architects

WAF is a wonderful mix of theory and the reality of everyday practice in the presentations, the jury-comments, the lectures, the debates and exhibitions. The excursions, parties and joined dinner offer excellent opportunities to network. WAF is the most inclusive cross-border event on the architectural horizon!

Brigitte Van Bakel, Principal Architect, Am


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