World Architecture Festival and Awards, WAF


A festival like no other

The World Architecture Festival 2020 will take place from the 2-4 December at the FIL, Lisbon. Register your interest for WAF 2020 to be the first to know when early-bird award entries open and delegate tickets are on sale. 

Now in its thirteeth year, WAF is the world’s largest festival and live awards competition dedicated to celebrating and sharing architectural excellence from across the globe. It is where the architecture community meets to share expertise and learn from each other and is the only global architecture festival that combines awards, seminars and networking.

At the heart of both WAF and INSIDE sits a unique live-judged awards programme. It is the only awards where designers pitch their work to a panel of expert judges and their peers - all live at the Festival. Take a look at the 2019 winners here.


Talks and Seminars


Live Finalist Presentations



"It's rejuvenating and an honour to win" Petra Blaisse, 2019 winner

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

Watch the 2019 highlights film to hear the reasons why more than 530 architects from across the globe enter their work into the WAF awards each year. WAF offers a unique opportunity to present your project live to world renowned judges.

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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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