2019 Prizes

the 2019 prizes

The World Architecture Festival Awards are recognised by architects, designers and clients alike. WAF is where your work gains international exposure and where you can make global connections.
Alongside 33 award categories are a host of 'Prizes' which are free to enter when you enter one of WAF's awards categories, increasing your chances to be shortlisted. To enter please just tick the relevent box on the entry form.

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

The 'Amsterdam Prize'

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.

Any building in Amsterdam entered into a Completed Building category will be eligible to be considered for the shortlist of the 'Amsterdam Prize' and visited by a jury on 3rd December 2019. The winner will be announced on 4th November 2019, the first day of WAF. 

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.

To enter the prize simply tick the relevent box when completing the entry form for one of WAF's awards categories.

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

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.

To enter the prize simply tick the relevant box when completing the entry form for one of WAF's awards categories.

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. 

To enter the prize simply tick the relevant box when completing the entry form for one of WAF's awards categories.

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. 

To enter the prize simply tick the relevant box when completing the entry form for one of WAF's awards categories.

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.

To enter the prize simply tick the relevant box when completing the entry form for one of WAF's awards categories.

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

Best Use Of Natural Light Prize - supported by VELUX

This prize, suported 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 considers the impact on human well-being, performance and joy.

To enter the prize simply tick the relevant box when completing the entry form for one of WAF's awards categories.

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

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