29 November - 1 December
The largest live awards event for architects
Take the first step to winning a prestigious WAF trophy and choose your categories. There are 44 categories across completed buildings, future projects, landscape and interiors.
WAF is the only awards programme where all finalists present their projects live to a panel of judges. Discuss your work and use their feedback to strengthen your future projects.
WAF’s unique, rigorous judging process strengthens your credibility and sets you apart from the competition. Learn about WAF’s entry guidelines, the 2023 timelines and the judging process.
World Architecture Festival 2023 will take place from 29 November to 1 December. WAF is the largest global live awards event for architects and designers. Gain global recognition and celebrate your work by entering the 2023 awards. Enter by 24 March and save £80.
See the 2022 winners
Quay Quarter Tower by 3XN was crowned World Building of the Year and Dream Pathways by CAATStudio took home the Future Project trophy.
WAF 2022 in pictures
More than 1500 attendees visited WAF 2022 in Lisbon at the end of last year, the first in-person event since 2019. Take a look at all of the photos from the festival.
WAF 2022 films
Relive the 2022 festival by watching the highlights films, keynote sessions and the final day live-judging sessions to get some tips for your entries this year.
What is WAFX?
Launched in WAF’s 10th year, WAFX celebrates international proposals which embrace cutting-edge design addressing major world issues. Ranging from tackling the climate emergency to building community resilience.
How to enter
WAFX finalists will be chosen from the WAF Future Projects shortlist with no additional cost or material needed from the entrant. Finalists will go on to present their project live at WAF with an overall WAFX winner announced at the Gala Dinner.
The Tower of Life by BAD + Guallart Architects was the overall WAFX 2022 winner with a further 19 exemplary projects shortlisted. View the winners to see how architects across the world are responding to complex problems in imaginative ways.
The special prizes
Special prizes include The Futureglass Prize, Best Use of Certified Timber, International Building Beauty, Best Use of Natural Light, Best Use of Colour Prize, Small Project of the Year and the Engineering Prize.
Alongside the WAF award categories are a host of special prizes awarded to projects from the main shortlist. Entrants do not have to pay any additional fees to be considered for the prizes.
From a unique dining space at DevaDhare in Bengaluru, India to the Pingtan Children Library in Hunan, China, see all of the 2022 special prize winners.
Architecture Book of the Year Award
Publishers are invited to submit entries to the inaugural Architecture Book of the Year Award programme. Enter by 21 April 2023.
The Architecture Drawing Prize
Curated by WAF, Make Architects and Sir John Soane’s Museum, TADP celebrates the importance of drawing as a tool in capturing architectural ideas.
The Architectural Photography Awards
This prize highlights the expertise of the architectural photographer, translating the sophistication of architecture into a understandable two dimensions.
The Visualisation Prize
The fourth-annual Visualisation Prize, supported by Lumion rendering software, brings the worlds of architecture and visualisation closer together.
Hear from previous winners and keynote speakers by watching WAF’s latest films. Sign up and subscribe for the latest media.
World Buildings Directory
The World Buildings Directory is the only place to view projects entered into past and present WAF awards. The site includes some of the most innovative and ground-breaking designs in the world.