Top 10 do's at WAF
Download the WAF App

Download the WAF App

Make sure you don’t miss a session! The app allows you to plan your schedule, message fellow delegates and receive push notifications with the most up to date information. It will be available to download from both the App and Android Stores from 11/11/22.


Meet our founder partner, GROHE at their stand which is always buzzing with people and innovative products to test out.

They are looking forward welcoming the architect and design community at their booth to share ideas, inspire with new product solutions, discuss upcoming trends or just enjoy a small time-out. The GROHE Blue and Red water bar is the ideal place to refresh yourself with a glass of water or a delicious tea speciality and meet exciting minds of the industry.

Plan your time

With 17 crit rooms, two content stages, an exhibition and fringe events all going on across all three days, there is a lot to do at WAF so you need to plan your time to get the most from the festival!

*TOP TIP* The unique, live-judged, crit sessions are at the heart of the festival so try and see as many as possible to soak up the atmosphere and discover the inside knowledge of the most outstanding projects in the world.

Visit the exhibition hall

Walk through the festival hall to immerse yourself in the latest innovations, trends and technologies from our partners, visit free workshops and events on exhibitor stands and learn how you can improve your next project.

Plus, the full Architectural Photography Awards shortlist of all six categories will be on display for you to have your say and vote for your winner! Click here to find out more

Check out the fringe events

Don’t miss the lively programme of associated fringe activities brought to you by our partners. Highlights include:

Stay on Friday to watch the special prizes, grande finale judging and more…

On Friday, every category winner will compete live in front of a super jury for the prestigious titles of World Building of the Year, Future Project of the Year, Landscape of the Year or World Interior of the Year.

In addition, we also have a host of special prizes awarded to projects from the main shortlist. From Best Use of Natural Light, supported by VELUX, to the Best Use of Stone Prize, supported by Turkish Stones, watch them all go head-to-head on the final day of the festival.

Fancy something a bit different? Watch the finalists and winner of the AR emerging awards discuss their projects on the Festival Hall stage or view the Aga Khan Awards films playing all day in crit room 2.

Visit the brand-new Town Square

Visit the brand-new Town Square

The latest addition to the Festival Hall is the Town Square where you will be able to get refreshments while you mingle with leading architects, keynote speakers and globally-renowned judges. The perfect place to set up meetings, network and meet future collaborators.

Head to the stages to watch the headline speakers

Keep ahead of the latest global design trends with talks from 76 International speakers, presenters and industry experts from around the world across two stages.

This year’s festival theme is ‘Together’. In December 2022, it will be three years since the global community of architects and designers have been able to meet in-person at WAF and INSIDE. This will be a year in which to consider how architecture is responding to the renewal of collective life post-pandemic, and in the light of commitments to combatting climate change.

Make sure you secure your place at the Gala Dinner

Taking place at the historic Convento Do Beato in Lisbon on Friday 2 December, the final evening of the festival, celebrate with old friends and new as the overall winners are revealed.

Gala dinner tickets are sold separately, and space is limited so book early to avoid disappointment!

Follow WAF on social media

Follow WAF on social media

We will be posting live throughout the festival so make sure you are following us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to get instant updates and help guarantee you don’t miss out on any of the exciting and spontaneous action happening around the site! Don’t forget to tag us in your posts too!

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*Don’t forget to join us on the first evening for the welcome reception! All are welcome to attend this celebratory opening party, sponsored by Aestech, which takes place on Tuesday 29 November. Festivities kick off at 7pm at the stunning Myriad Crystal Center in Lisbon.*