World Architecture Festival and Awards, WAF


A festival like no other

The World Architecture Festival 2019 is now over! This year we saw more delegates attend and shortlisted practices present than ever before. Congratulations to all the award winners – see them here.

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Talks and Seminars


Live Finalist Presentations



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

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

Watch the 2018 highlights film to hear the reasons why over 2,200 architects from across the globe attend WAF each year and why no matter what size your practice is, WAF is the most important and inspiring event in the world for all architects to attend.

Watch more WAF films here


The 2019 Speakers

Marc Koehler
Marc Koehler
Pauline Marchetti
Pauline Marchetti
Andrew Whalley
Andrew Whalley
Ben van Berkel
Ben van Berkel
Saskia Sassen
Saskia Sassen

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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