Student Charette 2019

WAF Student Charrette 2019

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Students and schools of architecture from across the world are invited to take part in this year’s Student Charrette at the World Architecture Festival, Amsterdam, which takes place from 4 to 6 December. All shortlisted teams will have the chance to attend the Festival for free and present their work in front of judges.

How does the charrette work?

  • We invite teams of students to enter their outline submissions in response to the brief (details below)
  • After looking at all the submissions, the WAF curators will select six teams and notify them at the end of August
  • Selected teams will be able to send up to six students and two tutors to the Festival, taking place from the 4-6th December in Amsterdam. There will be no delegate charge for your teams (you will have to pay for your own accommodation and travel)
  • The night before the Festival opens, teams will be given an additional requirement for their programme, which they will have to incorporate into the final design
  • Teams will have space and working materials at the Festival to undertake design work
  • Presentations and judging will take place on the final morning of the Festival (Friday 6th December)
  • The winning team will be invited to receive their trophy at the Gala Awards dinner on the evening of 6th December
  • All teams will be given a certificate of participation as a finalist in the Charrette event

Key dates and requirements for submission  

7th June 2019
Launch of call for submissions of interest

Deadline Extended until the 2nd September 
Closing date for submissions of interest - see entry details below

September 2019
Selection of teams announced

3rd December
Teams to arrive in Amsterdam for their final briefing at 17.00 at the venue

4th December
Festival opens and charrette starts

6th December
Charrette teams present to jury
Winning team announced (timing to be confirmed)
Winning team receives trophy at Gala Awards Dinner

The brief

  • The title for the charrette is ‘Moving parts’. This relates to this year’s Festival theme, ‘FLOW: People, Data, Nature, Power’ which will address the architectural implications of physical and virtual flows for buildings, cities and communities
  • Entrants are invited to identify an existing building or group of buildings; a piece of city or indeed an entire city which ‘flow’ is a significant factor in how it functions, or might function better
  • Entries should comprise a proposal or series of proposals which address the issues of the flow(s) identified, showing how and why the idea proposed will improve energy efficiency, health/well-being, safety, amenity or environmental impact
  • Entrants should state how their thinking might be extended to similar situations beyond that being proposed

Submission requirements

For the submission of interest (submitted by 2nd September) please complete the templated form, covering:

  • Project title
  • Name of school of architecture
  • Names of team
  • Team representative contact details
  • Names of tutors (one or two)
  • Location of project
  • Nature of project (50 words max)

Download the submission form here and save as a PDF before completing. Once you have completed your form, save and name it as your project title and school name. 

In addition to the submission form:

  • Please supply a statement, saying what the design is intended to achieve (500 words max)
  • Up to six drawings/photos/diagrams which support the written statement.


Please submit your submission form, statement and images via email (clearly marking charrette submission in the subject line of the email) to

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