Entry is through our online by clicking the button at the top of right of your screen.

You will need to:

  • Register your account online
  • Choose the category that you want to enter. You can enter more than one
  • Give us details of your project and upload images
  • Upload artwork for your anonymous entry boards. We print the boards for you

27 May 2022

All entries are received online by 27 May 2022 (extended entry deadline)

15-16 June 2022

Shortlist decided

Leading architects and industry professionals gather to look at the entry boards and decide on a shortlist. You will be informed by 13 July if you made the shortlist. Don’t forget, all finalists must purchase two passes to attend the festival and present their project live!

13 July 2022

Shortlist is announced.

All finalists will be published on the WAF and Inside website, international press and WAF’s renowned media partners including The Architectural Review and ArchDaily.

30 November and 1 December 2022

Live category judging at WAF

All finalists present for 10 minutes to a panel of three category judges followed by 10 minutes of Q&A with the jury. Judging takes place in a ‘crit’ room open to the WAF audience. Category winners are announced at the end of each day.

2 December 2022

Live judging for overall winners and final winners revealed Each category winner presents again for the Completed Building, Future Project or Inside World Interior of the Year Super-Jury.

The World Building, Future Project, Landscape and Interior of the Year winners will also be announced at the end of the day. Winners have been meticulously weighed over three rounds of peer-review judging

Architects, interior designers, developers, funders, contractors and other associated organisations (for example clients), may also enter on behalf of the architect, with their consent

  • All Completed Buildings/Landscape & Interior projects completed between 1st January 2021 and 30th June 2022
  • Future Projects do not have to have a completion date and do not need to be built in order to qualify
  • There is no limit on the number of projects that can be submitted
  • Projects can be submitted in more than one category where relevant
  • All designs must be by professionals whose qualifications are recognised by their local accreditation organisation
  • There is no limit on the number of projects that can be submitted
  • All Completed Buildings/Landscape & Interior projects must be completed between 1st January 2021 and 30th June 2022
  • If you are shortlisted for any of your submissions, two representatives will have to purchase a ticket to attend the Festival in November/December 2022 to present their project.

Each entry must contain the below:

  • 2 x A2 entry boards. These boards will be printed by WAF and used for shortlist judging and displayed at the World Architecture Festival
  • 250 - 500 words of explanatory text in English. This will be listed on the online World Buildings Directory, available for the public to see.
  • Your project images. Images to include:
    - 1 high-resolution hero image of the entire project. This will be the main image used on the World Buildings Directory listing and if you are shortlisted. Please label this image as ‘HERO’
    - 6 x further photographs of the project. Please include your 'project title' when naming images.
    - 3 x further images of a site plan, floor plan, key section.

All of the material is uploaded electronically during the online entry process. You can save and come back to your entry at any time.

Further information about your entry boards: 

  • All entrants must submit two electronic A2 boards with their entry
    - Your boards should include a combination of images, plans and text
    - The boards will be the only information that the judges will see during shortlisting so are the crucial part of your entry
    - All entries will remain anonymous, so please do not include any practice information on the designs
    - Uploaded files must be less than 12 MB each
    - Preferred file types are jpeg, png or pdf
    - Your entry boards will be printed by the World Architecture Festival ahead of judging on foamex using


    Early Bird: before 8 April 2022

    • Early Bird entry: £795
    • Early Bird entry + 2 delegate pass bundle: £1,795

    Standard: after 9 April 2022

    • Standard: £875
    • Standard entry + 2 delegate pass bundle £1,875


    Early Bird: before 26 June 2022

    • Early Bird delegate: £999
    • Early Bird entry + 2 delegate pass bundle: £1,795

    Standard: 27 June - 16 September 2022

    • Standard: £1199

    Late rate: 17 September - 30 November 2022

    • Standard: £1299

    • UK - 20% VAT
    • EU Countries - If you have a valid EU VAT number you do not pay VAT
    • EU Countries - If you DO NOT have a valid EU VAT number you pay 20% VAT
    • Rest of the World - do not pay VAT

    Shortlist judging will take place in London on 15 and 16 June 2022 by a judging panel of international architects and experts. You can find the full list of judges here.

    The judging panel will review the entry boards by category and in turn will create a shortlist for each one

    Entrants will be informed by the middle of July whether they have been successful or not.

    Yes, if you have been successful and shortlisted you will be expected to purchase a minimum of two passes to the festival to present their project live to a judging panel in Lisbon on 30 November - 2 December 2022

    The event is attended by global architects, interior designers, developers, funders, contractors and media from across the industry

    Yes please keep your boards anonymous.