the 2020 prizes
Alongside the 33 WAF award categories are a host of specialist prizes awarded to projects from the main shortlist. Entrants do not to pay any additional fees to be considered for the prizes.
WAF also hosts The Architectural Drawing Prize and the Water Research Programme that also invites entries from those who have not entered the main WAF awards.
Start your entry into one of the main WAF categories now to be considered for one of WAF's specialist prizes! Simple tick the relevent box on the entry form when submitting.
The WAFX Award 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.
Ten innovative designs addressing some of the world’s biggest challenges have won awards ranging from ageing and health to cultural identity and carbon reduction.
The overall WAFX winner will be presented with their award at the Gala Dinner on Friday 4th December.
The WAFX shortlist will be chosen from the main WAF shortlist - no additional fee is required from entrants.
The Visualisation Prize launched at WAF 2019 and is a natural addition to our already popular Photography and Drawing competitions.
This prize will invite those that have been shortlisted in the main 2020 WAF Awards to submit a rendering video of their shortlisted projects.
Entries are open to any visualisation videos of a future project or recently completed building with a length of up to 3 minutes. Projects must be a combined entry between the visualiser and the architectural practice or just the practice if the rendering was made in-house.
The winner will be presented with their prize trophy at the Gala Awards Dinner on Friday 4th December
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 2020 on the Festival Hall Stage.
We will be inviting participates to enter the prize later in the year. They do not need to have entered the WAF awards.
To mark this year's brand new festival location, WAF is launching a ‘Lisbon Prize’ supported by trendsetting lighting manufacturer kreon who approach lighting from an architectural perspective. This special prize will recognise and celebrate the best building in the city, completed between January 2019 and August 2020.
Any building in Lisbon entered into a Completed Building category will be eligible to be considered for the shortlist of the 'Lisbon Prize' and visited by a jury on the 1st December 2020. The winner will be announced on 2nd December 2020, the first day of WAF.
The Lisbon Prize shortlist will be chosen from the main WAF shortlist - no additional fee is required from entrants.
The 'Best Use of Certified Timber' returns to WAF for 2020. 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 Best Use of Certified Timber Prize shortlist will be chosen from the main WAF shortlist - no additional fee is required from entrants.
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.
The Small Project shortlist will be chosen from the main WAF shortlist - no additional fee is required from entrants.
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 Engineering shortlist will be chosen from the main WAF shortlist - no additional fee is required from entrants.
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 Best Use of Natural Light Prize shortlist will be chosen from the main WAF shortlist - no additional fee is required from entrants.