Gala Dinner

Gala Dinner

We are delighted that the 2019 World Architecture Festival Awards Gala Dinner will be held at the Beurs van Berlage on Friday 6th December 2019. If you would like to purchase a ticket, please contact one of our account managers by telephone at +44 (0)20 3953 2045.

History of the Beurs van Berlage

At the end of the 19th century, trade in Amsterdam was flourishing and the urban population growing. In 1896, the Amsterdam administration decided to allow the construction of the new stock exchange. The honour of developing this new building went to architect and urban designer Hendrik Petrus Berlage.

Berlage designed a completely new building, its bell tower carrying the 'Beursbengel' (exchange bell) being the most prominent element. Berlage, being a staunch socialist, believed the stock exchange trade had a short lease of life. Inspired by the Italian Palazzo Pubblicos, he decided to design the new stock exchange building in such a way that it could serve as a 'public palace' after socialism had triumphed

The Beurs van Berlage has been a 'public palace' since 1985 and has been used for various cultural and social activities including a royal wedding. Since 2008, the Beurs van Berlage's mission is to become the most inspiring meeting place in Amsterdam hosting not only cultural and social activities but also events like the WAF Gala Dinner.


Further Information

When and where:

The gala dinner will take place on Friday 6 December at: Beurs van Berlage, Damrak 243, 1012 ZJ Amsterdam, Netherlands


19.00 Drinks Reception
19.45 Welcome, dinner and award presentations
22.30 Close of dinner

The following awards will be presented at the gala dinner:

  • World Building of the Year supported by GROHE
  • World Interior of the Year supported by Miele
  • Future Project of the Year supported by ABB / Busch Jaeger
  • Landscape of the Year
  • Small Project of the Year
  • Use of Colour Prize supported by Eastman
  • Best Use of Certified Timber supported by PEFC
  • Glass Future Prize supported by Guardian Glass
  • WAFX Award Overall Winner supported by GreenCoat
  • The Amsterdam Prize
  • The Architecture Drawing Prize supported by Make, Soane Museum & WAF
  • The AR Emerging Architecture Award
  • Architectural Photography Awards supported by STO, Dornbracht & Picsel
  • International VELUX Award for Students of Architecture 

Entry to the gala dinner is by ticket purchase only or included within the Festival Plus or Accommodation Package ticket types. If you would like to purchase a ticket, please contact one of our account managers by telephone at +44 (0)20 3953 2045.

If you are attending and have any dietary requirements please email them to

The dress code for the dinner is business dress / architect smart.


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