World Architecture Festival and Awards, WAF


A festival like no other

WAF is where your community meets to share expertise and learn from each other. By attending the World Architecture Festival, you will gain inspiration and ideas for your own work. ​It is the only global architecture festival that combines awards, seminars and networking. At the heart of the festival sits a unique live-judged awards programme.

Why you need to be at WAF:

- Watch 550+ live pitches from your peers as they compete in the WAF awards. Gain inspiration for your work by learning how other architects have tackled problems.
- Hear from international speakers discussing the most critical challenges you face as an architect.
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Meet future collaborators and the lead-architects of the most innovative projects in the world.

Under one roof, over three days you will be immersed in extraordinary architecture from around the world. Book your delegate pass now. Remember, you don't have to be an awards finalist to attend!


Book your delegate pass

Book your delegate pass by the 21st June and save 200 EUR.

Book now for WAF 2019


What's on at WAF

From keynote talks to live-awards judging, WAF 2019 is not to be missed.

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2018 winners presentations

World Architecture Festival 2018 saw more award entrants than ever before. Judges were impressed by the high standard of projects and had difficult decision choosing the worthy winners.

Take a look at the 2018 winners films.



Including buildings studies, book reviews and commentaries from the WAF team and invited contributors.

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WAF Podcasts and Films

Hear and watch winner presentations, keynote talks and more.

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WAF is the most important architecture event in the world, but don’t take our word for it!

Hear from our winners, attendees, speakers and judges.


Talks and Seminars


Live Finalist Presentations



What makes WAF the most important architecture event in the world?

“For architects to come together at WAF each year, for me, is such an important thing” Sir David Adjaye.

Hear more about why more than 2,200 architects from across the globe attend WAF each year. Whether you are a small or large practice, WAF is the most important and inspiring event in the world for all architects to attend.

Watch the 2018 highlights film to discover why it is so important for architects from across the globe to attend WAF each year.

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The 2019 Super Jury

Francine Houben
Francine Houben
Ben van Berkel
Ben van Berkel
Carin Smuts
Carin Smuts
Murat Tabanlioglu
Murat Tabanlioglu
Maria Warner Wong
Maria Warner Wong

This was a real eye opener and a brilliant event in that everything happening around the world is brought to a single event. I was really impressed with the topics and speakers especially on how architecture see's the future of the world and the global issues that are being addressed.

Gansen Govender, Senior Project Manager, GHD

Winning the award is a great encouragement for what we have done, for refreshing ourselves, our architecture. After WAF, we have been well-known from around the world and it gives us chances to meet and talk to different people, this is very important to us, especially when we are always searching for doing something new.

Sanjay Puri, Founder, Sanjay Puri Architects

WAF is a wonderful mix of theory and the reality of everyday practice in the presentations, the jury-comments, the lectures, the debates and exhibitions. The excursions, parties and joined dinner offer excellent opportunities to network. WAF is the most inclusive cross-border event on the architectural horizon!

Brigitte Van Bakel, Principal Architect, Am


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