WAF Podcast

The WAF Podcast features recordings from the World Architecture Festival and WAF's virtual events. 
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Hospitals: An Evolving Typology with Perkins & Will

With the COVID 19 pandemic raging around the world, health design is at the forefront of many people's minds, whether or not they are in the health field. While we've seen paradigm shifts and pivots in healthcare in the past, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is so significant - we believe we will see a true global transformation of health design as a result. Hospitals will evolve their operations due to the pandemic and other changing global conditions and so, a typological evolution must continue to occur in hospital design. Jean Mah and Ralph Johnson will discuss the historical evolution of the modern hospital, the current state of the art of hospital design with case studies from their current work, and how the hospital typology might continue to evolve in the future. Recorded live during WAFVirtual in 2020.

- Ralph Johnson, Global Design Director, Perkins + Will
- Jean Mah, Principal - Health, Perkins + Will
- Chair: Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival


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Business Stream - Nurturing and Developing Talent

Exploring and understanding the business of architecture

Recorded live during WAFVirtual in 2020.

- Kim Herforth Nielsen, Co-Founder & Principal, 3XN Architects
- James von Klemperer, President & Design Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
- Tracy Meller, Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners


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Post Covid Shopping: Retail Reloaded

Laurie Chetwood will be looking at how the current challenges facing the High Street are an opportunity for designers to participate in repurposing redundant town and city centres. He will discuss how not only high street buildings, but also urban infrastructure systems are being repurposed. Logistics is no longer just a big box on the side of the motorway keeping the rain off stored goods but is evolving into urban logistics: an integral part of a repurposed urban supply chain, and the driving force behind the new social and community-focused experiential retail. Recorded live during WAFVirtual in 2020.

- Laurie Chetwood, Chairman, Chetwoods Architects
- Chair: Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival


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Thinkspace

Design, the Environment & Public Health. Recorded live during WAFVirtual in 2020.

- Professor Nick Tyler, Chadwick Professor of Civil Engineering |Director, UCL Centre for Transport Studies
- Professor Allyson Pollock, Director, Newcastle University Centre for Excellence in Regulatory Science
- Sandy Nairne, Writer & Curator


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Prototypes for the Future with Ole Scheeren - Keynote Talk

This keynote talk took place at WAFVirtual in December 2020

We live in extraordinary times and, in many ways, the challenges facing cities, cultures and the planet have never been greater. Some have speculated that the global COVID pandemic is merely first tremors of a vast shockwave brought on by environmental decline, failed socio-economic policy and cynical political manipulation. Perhaps more than ever before, the need for reconsidering the fundamental values, agendas and possibilities of architecture and urbanism is clear...

- Ole Scheeren, Principal, Büro Ole Scheeren

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Business Stream - Delivery Part One

The Business of Architecture: Project Managing Art

The business of architecture is often a struggle between the designers who want to design and the managers who want to manage. Astute project delivery planning can turn this clash into a workable dynamic, centered on common goals of quality, responsibility, and service to the client—a way to manage expectations but produce something meaningful. Recorded live during WAFVirtual in 2020.

- Dean Kaardal, Vice President, Regional Business Leader - Buildings, Canada West, Stantec
- Robin Nicholson, Partner, Cullinan Studio
- Chair: Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival


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Post Covid Schools: How the Pandemic can Lead to Better Schools

Following on from alma-nac's publication 'Simple Solutions for Safer Schools' Chris will be talking about some of the ways schools in England are being innovative in dealing with Covid restrictions. He will also reflect on how positive lessons learnt from the pandemic can influence school design in the future. Recorded live during WAFVirtual in 2020.

- Chris Bryant, Director, alma-nac
- Melanie Mortimer, Head of Design Technology, Dulwich Prep London
- ​Chair: Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival


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Business Stream - Winning Work

The ability to win work in our hypercompetitive, post-Covid world is a skill architects need now more than ever. This session will focus on the criteria that clients, in all sectors, consider most significant, and ways you can make your firm stand out. Recorded live during WAFVirtual in 2020.

- Susanna Sirefman, President, Dovetail Design Strategists
- Lee Polisano, President, PLP Architecture
- Chair: Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival


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In Conversation With Sir David Adjaye

Join Paul Finch for a live conversation, recorded during WAFVirtual in 2020, with celebrated Ghanaian-British architect; Sir David Adjaye who has achieved international acclaim for an exceptional body of work over 25 years of practice.

- Sir David Adjaye, Founder & Principal, Adjaye Associates
​- Interviewed by: Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival


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Business Stream - Insurance

Professional Indemnity in 2021: Crisis, Cyclical Change or Chance to Reset? Recorded live during WAFVirtual in 2020.

- Paul Berg, Partner | Group Director, Professional Risks, Griffiths & Armour
- Jonathan Hall, Director, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
- Chair: Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival


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Vicente Guallart - Post Covid Homes: The Self-Sufficient City for Post-Covid Life

This lecture, recorded live during WAFVirtual in 2020, presents a new generation of housing projects designed to fight both the health and climate crisis we face. Guallart presents the recently awarded Xiong'an project that includes four self-sufficient blocks and also shares details of a project for Biocities in Africa.

- Vicente Guallart, Founder, Guallart Architects
​- Chairs: Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival


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Ben Van Berkel - Insights into Healthy Interiors

In light of the challenges society is facing, UNStudio’s founder Ben van Berkel, will present on the integral and human-centric approach to health, flexibility and technology in their work. Designing healthy interiors requires thinking about the relation between different scales.

- Ben van Berkel, , Founder | Principal Architect, UNStudio & Founder UNSense
​- Chairs: Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival


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International Question Time - Part Two

This discussion session took place at WAFVirtual in December 2020. Panellists deal with the major issues of the day from an international perspective.

- Maria Warner Wong, Design Director, Warner Wong Design and WOW Architects
- Patrick Bellew, Founding Director, Atelier Ten
- Christoph Ingenhoven, Principal, Ingenhoven Architects
- Jo Noero, Principal, Noero Architects
- Simon Allford, Founding Director, AHMM | President Elect, RIBA
- Alison Brooks, Principal and Creative Director, Alison Brooks Architects
- Benedetta Tagliabue, Co-Founder & CEO Miralles Tagliabue EMBT | Founder & CEO Enric Miralles Foundation
​- Chairs: Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival and Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival


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Jeanne Gang Keynote Talk

This keynote talk took place at WAFVirtual in December 2020

- Jeanne Gang, Founding Principal, Studio Gang
Chair: Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival

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International Question Time - Part One

This discussion session took place at WAFVirtual in December 2020. Panelists deal with the major issues of the day from an international perspective.

- Ken Tadashi Oshima, Professor Department of Architecture, University of Washington
- Frances Anderton, Host | Producer, DnA: Design and Architecture
Monica von Schmalensee, Senior Partner & Architect, White Arkitekter
- Chairs: Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival and Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival

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Post Covid Workplace: Space-Time Office

This discussion talk took place at WAFVirtual in December 2020

- Andrew Chadwick, Principal, Chadwick International
Chair: Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival

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Elizabeth Diller - Keynote Talk

This keynote talk took place at WAF 2019 in Amsterdam.

- Elizabeth Diller, Partner, Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Chair: Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival

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Andrew Whalley - Zero

This keynote talk took place at WAF 2019 in Amsterdam.

- Andrew Whalley,, Chairman, Grimshaw
Chair: Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival

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Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha - What we learn from water

This keynote talk took place at WAF 2019 in Amsterdam.

- Anuradha Mathur, Professor, Landscape Architecture, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania
- Dilip da Cunha, Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Chair: Andreas Enslin, Head of Design, Miele

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Angus Campbell - Jeddah Metro: Building a Sustainable Vision for Infrastructure

This keynote talk took place at WAF 2019 in Amsterdam.

- Angus Campbell, Senior Partner & Deputy Head of Studio, Foster + Partners
Chair: Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival

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Massimiliano Fuksas - Keynote Talk

This keynote talk took place at WAF 2019 in Amsterdam.

- Massimiliano Fuksas, Co-Founder, Studio Fuksas
Chair: Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival

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Marc Koehler - Open Building: A Future Perspective on Habraken’s Heritage

This keynote talk took place at WAF 2019 in Amsterdam.

- Marc Koehler, Principal, Marc Koehler Architects
Chair: Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival

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Nigel Coates - INSIDE Keynote: The Flow of Ideas

This keynote talk took place at WAF 2019 in Amsterdam.

- Nigel Coates, Director, Nigel Coates Studio
Chair: Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival

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WAF World Building of the Year 2019 Presentation

This presentation took place at WAF 2019 in Amsterdam.

WAF World Building of the Year 2019
Civic architects (lead architect), Braaksma & Roos Architectenbureau, Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse - LocHal Public Library, Tilburg, the Netherlands.

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WAF 2019 Winner: Completed Building - Civic and Community

This presentation took place at WAF 2019 in Amsterdam.

WAF 2019 Winner: Completed Building - Civic and Community
Condition Lab - School of Architecture CUHK & UAL Studio - School of Architecture and Urban Planning GZU - Gaobu Book House, Hunan Province, China.

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WAF 2019 Winner: Completed Building - Display

This presentation took place at WAF 2019 in Amsterdam.

WAF 2019 Winner: Completed Building - Display
Heatherwick Studio - Vessel, New York, USA.

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WAF 2019 Winner: Completed Building - Health

This presentation took place at WAF 2019 in Amsterdam.

WAF 2019 Winner: Completed Building - Health
Sharon Davis Design - Bayalpata Regional Hospital, Achham, Nepal.

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WAF 2019 Winner: Completed Building - Higher Education and Research

This presentation took place at WAF 2019 in Amsterdam.

WAF 2019 Winner: Completed Building - Higher Education and Research
NIKKEN SEKKEI - Kokugakuin University Learning Center, Tokyo, Japan.

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WAF 2019 Winner: Completed Building - Hotel and Leisure

This presentation took place at WAF 2019 in Amsterdam.

WAF 2019 Winner: Completed Building - Hotel and Leisure
Architecture Workshop - Lindis Lodge, Omarama, New Zealand.

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WAF 2019 Winner: Completed Building - House

This presentation took place at WAF 2019 in Amsterdam.

WAF 2019 Winner: Completed Building - House
TERROIR - Castle Cove House, NSW, Australia.

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WAF 2019 Winner: Completed Building - Housing

This presentation took place at WAF 2019 in Amsterdam.

WAF 2019 Winner: Completed Building - Housing
Nextoffice - Cedrus Residential, Tehran, Iran.

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WAF 2019 Winner: Completed Building - Mixed-Use

This presentation took place at WAF 2019 in Amsterdam.

WAF 2019 Winner: Completed Building - Mixed-Use
Serie + Multiply Architects - Oasis Terraces, Singapore.

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WAF 2019 Winner Completed Building - New & Old

This presentation took place at WAF 2019 in Amsterdam.

WAF 2019 Winner Completed Building - New & Old
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris - The Bower, London, United Kingdom.

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WAF 2019 Winner: Completed Building - Office

This presentation took place at WAF 2019 in Amsterdam.

WAF 2019 Winner: Completed Building - Office
FCHA - Vanke Liuxiandong Design Community - A4+B2 Plot Design, Shenzhen, China.

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WAF 2019 Winner: Completed Building - Production Energy and Recycling

This presentation took place at WAF 2019 in Amsterdam.

WAF 2019 Winner: Completed Building - Production Energy and Recycling
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners - The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience, Craigellachie, United Kingdom.

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WAF 2019 Winner: Completed Building - Religion

This presentation took place at WAF 2019 in Amsterdam.

WAF 2019 Winner: Completed Building - Religion
CEBRA - Qasr Al Hosn: Al Musallah, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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WAF 2019 Winner: Completed Building - Shopping

This presentation took place at WAF 2019 in Amsterdam.

WAF 2019 Winner: Completed Building - Shopping
Heatherwick Studio - Coal Drops Yard, London, United Kingdom.

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WAF 2019 Winner: Completed Building - School

This presentation took place at WAF 2019 in Amsterdam.

WAF 2019 Winner: Completed Building - School
HIBINOSEKKEI / Youji no Shiro / KIDS DESIGN LABO - YM Nursery, Yonago, Japan.

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WAF 2019 Winner: Completed Building - Sport

This presentation took place at WAF 2019 in Amsterdam.

WAF 2019 Winner: Completed Building - Sport
Anna Noguera, Javier Fernandez - Kturó De La Peira's Sports Center And Layout of The Interior Urban Bloc, Barcelona, Spain.

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WAF 2019 Winner: Completed Building - Transport

This presentation took place at WAF 2019 in Amsterdam.

WAF 2019 Winner: Completed Building - Transport
Integrated Design Associates - Mactan Cebu International Airport Terminal 2, Cebu, Philippines.

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WAF 2019 Winner: Completed Building - Villa

This presentation took place at WAF 2019 in Amsterdam.

WAF 2019 Winner: Completed Building - Villa
Powerhouse Company - Villa B, Munich, Germany.

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