2019 Prizes

the 2019 prizes

Alongside the 33 WAF award categories are a host of 'Prizes' which will be awarded to projects who are on the main shortlist.
​WAF also hosts The Architectural Drawing Prize and the Water Research Programme that invites entries from those who have not entered the main WAF awards.

Prize winners will be presented with their trophy at the Gala Dinner at the Beurs van Berlage on the Friday 6th December.

The Architectural Drawing Prize - supported by William Hare Group
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The Architecture Drawing Prize is is curated by Make Architects, Sir John Soane’s Museum and the World Architecture Festival. Entries are welcomed from architects, designers and students from around the world, in the following categories: hand-drawing, digital and hybrid. This year sees the introduction of a new category: the working detail drawing.

The winners and shortlist will be on display at a dedicated exhibition at Sir John Soane's Museum in London. The category winners will each receive a delegate pass, tickets to the Gala Dinner and two nights in a hotel for the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam.

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Water Research Programme - supported by GROHE
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The Water Research Programme was developed from the WAF Research Programme. This was launched to promote the ideas highlighted in the WAFX Manifesto, marking WAF’s 10-year anniversary in 2017.

We are delighted that WAF’s headline partner, GROHE, will once again support the Water Research Programme. GROHE is supporting research into tackling unique challenges that water presents, with the winning initiative awarded £10,000 of funding. The results of this work will be presented at WAF 2019 on the Festival Hall Stage.

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The Architectural Photography Awards
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The Architectural Photography Awards aims to put the focus onto the skill and creativity of the photographer. Judges and viewers are asked to look beyond the architecture, to the composition, light, scale, atmosphere, sense of place and understanding of the project.

The Architectural Photography Awards highlights the expertise of the specialist architectural photographer, translating the sophistication of architecture into a readable and understandable two dimensions, to explain and extol the character, detail and environment of the project.

During the shortlisting process each judge is asked to look beyond the architecture itself, considering the photographers merits composition, sense of place, atmosphere and use of scale. Shortlisted photographs for the Architectural Photography Awards 2019 will be exhibited at the World Architecture Festival at the RAI Amsterdam in December, with the overall winner announced at the Gala Dinner.

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The 'Amsterdam Prize' - supported by Kreon

To mark this year's festival location, WAF will host the ‘Amsterdam Prize’ for the second time. It will be awarded to the best building in the city, completed between January 2018 and July 2019.

The winner will be presented on day one at WAF 2019 on the Main Stage. The shortlist is selected form the WAF 2019 main category finalists.

See the 2019 Amsterdam Prize finalists

WAFX Award - supported by Headline Partner GreenCoat®

The WAFX Award, supported by our WAFX Headline Partner GreenCoat®, heralds the world’s most forward-looking architectural concepts, and is awarded to future projects that identify key challenges that architects will need to address in the coming years. The WAFX Award was created as part of the World Architecture Festival's 10th anniversary celebrations in 2017 where 11 winning future projects which addressed the Manifesto issues were entered for the prize. Key challenges spanned diverse topic areas comprising of: climate, energy & carbon; water; ageing and health; re-use; smart cities; building technology; cultural identity; ethics; power and justice; and virtual world.

The winner will be presented with their prize at the Gala Dinner on Friday 6th December.

The 2019 finalsts will be revealed in September. Have a look at the 2018 WAFX winners here.

Best Use of Certified Timber Prize - supported by the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification

The 'Best Use of Certified Timber' will return to WAF for 2019. This prize is supported by the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

A special jury including a PEFC representative will identify entries which have used certified timber in an innovative, educational or artistic manner. Certified Timber provides Architects confidence that their specified timber has been sourced from sustainably managed forests and best practice supply chain organisations. Shortlisted architects will be contacted to confirm that the timber specified and used in the project originates from certified sources demonstrating leadership in sustainable design. The jury will hear presentations of the best 10 entries on the morning of Friday 6th December at WAF. The winner will be presented with their prize at the Gala Dinner on Friday 6th December.

See the 2019 Best Use of Certified Timber finalists

Use of Colour Prize - supported by Eastman

The Use of Colour Prize, supported by Eastman, has been a popular special prize at WAF in recent years. All shortlisted completed building entries are eligible for the prize, which is the subject of a special jury who will review presentations of up to 10 selected buildings on the last day of the Festival. The winner will be presented with their prize at the Gala Dinner on Friday 6th December.

The judges are interested not just in the colours deployed, which may be applied or inherent to any particular material, but in the effect as a whole. 

See the 2019 Use of Colour finalists

Small Project of the Year Prize

When entering the WAF awards you also have the opportunity to submit your project for consideration into the Small Project of the Year Prize, doubling your chances of being a WAF finalist. Any completed buildings project can be entered, the only criteria is that it is judged to be small for type.

Entry into the prize is free and if your project is shortlisted you will present to the prize judges live at the festival. If your project is selected as the final winner, you will be presented with the WAF Small Project of the Year Prize at the Gala Dinner on Friday 6th December. 

See the 2019 Small Project finalists

Engineering Prize - supported by EdgeAllies

All shortlisted completed building entries are eligible for The Engineering Prize, supported by EdgeAllies, which is the subject of a special jury who will review presentations of up to 10 selected buildings on the last day of the Festival.

The winner will be presented with their prize at the Gala Dinner on Friday 6th December.

See the 2019 Engineering Prize finalists

Best Use Of Natural Light Prize - supported by VELUX

This prize, supported by VELUX, will be for the best use of natural light in completed buildings that showcase unique use of a daylighting. Special emphasis will be put on projects that consider the impact on human well-being, performance and joy.

The winner will be presented with their prize at the Gala Dinner on Friday 6th December.

See the 2019 Best Use of Natural Light finalists

Visualisation Prize - supported by Lumion
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This prize, supported by Lumion, is a platform for films related to Architecture and visualisations of future projects. All shortlisted entries are welcome to participate.

The winner will be presented with their prize at the Gala Dinner on Friday 6th December.

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