2020 Prizes

the 2020 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

The Visualisation Prize launched last year at The World Architecture Festival and is a natural addition to our already popular Photography and Drawing competitions.

Supported by Lumion, rendering software specialist, 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

See all of the WAF 2019 winners 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 2020 on the Festival Hall Stage.

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

The 'Lisbon Prize' - supported by kreon

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 July 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.

See all of the WAF 2019 winners here.

Best Use of Certified Timber Prize - supported by the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

The 'Best Use of Certified Timber' returned 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. 

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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