2019 Prizes

the 2019 prizes

Alongside the 33 WAF award categories were a host of 'Prizes' awarded to projects from 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.

Visualisation Prize - supported by Lumion

This prize, supported by Lumion, is a platform for films related to Architecture and visualisations of future projects. All shortlisted entries were invited to enter the prize for free.

The winner was presented their prize at the Gala Dinner on Friday 6th December. 

See all of the WAF 2019 winners here.


The Architectural Drawing Prize - supported by William Hare Group

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. 

The winners and shortlist will be on display at a dedicated exhibition at Sir John Soane's Museum in London. The winners will also present live on the Festival Hall Stage at WAF. 

The 2019 winners have now been revealed. See them here.

Water Research Prize - supported by GROHE

The Water Research Prize 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, once again supported the Water Research Prize. 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 were presented at WAF 2019 on the Festival Hall Stage.

The winner of the 2019 prize has been revealed. Learn more.

The Architectural Photography Awards

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 were exhibited at the World Architecture Festival at the RAI Amsterdam in December, with the overall winner announced at the Gala Dinner.

Learn more and see the 2019 winners

The 'Amsterdam Prize' - supported by Kreon

To mark last year's festival location, WAF hosted the ‘Amsterdam Prize’ for the second time and was awarded to the best building in the city, completed between January 2018 and July 2019.

See all of the WAF 2019 winners here.

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 2019 winners have now been revealed. See them here.

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' returned 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. 

See all of the WAF 2019 winners here.

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 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 all of the WAF 2019 winners here.

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. 

See all of the WAF 2019 winners here.

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.

See all of the WAF 2019 winners here.

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.

See all of the WAF 2019 winners here.

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