World Architecture Festival and Awards, WAF

4 - 6 December 2019, 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.


Register your interest for 2019

WAF award entries will open and delegate place will go on sale in January, be the first to know to take advantage of early-bird rates.

Register now for WAF 2019

The WAF entry and judging process explained

Only at WAF are you judged by your peers, your heroes and the industry’s power players, all live at the Festival in Amsterdam. Submit your work in to 35 categories across completed buildings or future projects.

Learn about the WAF entry and judging process

2018 winners

World Architecture Festival 2018 saw more award entrants than ever before. Judges were impressed by the high standard of projects and had difficult decision choosing the worthy winners.

Take a look at the 2018 winners


Awards winners


live finalist presentations



Why do architects enter WAF?

The World Architecture festival is a three-day event for architects and interior design professionals. WAF is the only event where shortlisted architects present their projects live in crit rooms to their peers .

Watch the awards highlight video to discover why architects from across the globe enter WAF

Access exclusive WAF content here


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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