World Architecture Festival and Awards, WAF


A festival like no other

WAF is where your community meets to share expertise and learn from each other. By attending the World Architecture Festival, you will gain inspiration and ideas for your own work. ​It is the only global architecture festival that combines live crit presentations, seminars and networking. WAF 2019 takes place on the 4-6 December at the RAI Amsterdam. Book your delegate pass today.


Why you need to be at WAF:

- Watch 534 live pitches in the WAF awards.
- Gain inspiration by learning how other architects have tackled problems.

- Hear from 48 international speakers discussing the critical challenges in architecture.
- ​
Meet the lead-architects of the most innovative projects in the world.

Under one roof, over three days you will be immersed in extraordinary architecture from around the world. 


View the 2019 shortlist

This year’s 534 strong shortlist includes projects from 70 countries

View the finalists


What's on at WAF

From keynote talks to live-awards judging, WAF 2019 is not to be missed.

See what's on


Delegate brochure

Take a look at the 2019 delegate guide to plan your visit to WAF this December!

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Including buildings studies, book reviews and commentaries from the WAF team and invited contributors.

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WAF Podcasts and Films

Hear and watch winners presentations, keynote talks and more.

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WAF is the most important architecture event in the world, but don’t just take our word for it!

Hear from our winners, attendees, speakers and judges


Talks and Seminars


Live Finalist Presentations



"For architects to come together at WAF each year, for me, is such an important thing" Sir David Adjaye

What makes WAF the most important architecture event in the world?

Watch the 2018 highlights film to hear the reasons why over 2,200 architects from across the globe attend WAF each year and why no matter what size your practice is, WAF is the most important and inspiring event in the world for all architects to attend.

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The 2019 Speakers

Marc Koehler
Marc Koehler
Pauline Marchetti
Pauline Marchetti
Andrew Whalley
Andrew Whalley
Ben van Berkel
Ben van Berkel
Saskia Sassen
Saskia Sassen

The 2019 Super Jury

Francine Houben
Francine Houben
Ben van Berkel
Ben van Berkel
Carin Smuts
Carin Smuts
Murat Tabanlioglu
Murat Tabanlioglu
Maria Warner Wong
Maria Warner Wong

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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