What's at WAF?


The gateway to global recognition, WAF is where the world architecture community meets to celebrate, learn, exchange and be inspired. 

World Architecture Festival is the world’s largest international architectural event. It includes the biggest architectural awards programme in the world, dedicated to celebrating excellence via live presentations to delegates and international juries. 

WAF 2015 took place in Singapore in November where 2000 architects from 65 countries atended. To be kept up to date with news on WAF 2016, including location information and when entries open, sign up to the WAF 2016 news alerts


What's waiting for you at WAF?

Hundreds of live Award Crits

Every shortlisted architect will present their designs to a WAF international judging panel, and you can see as many as you can fit into three days! Hear the inside story on hundreds of projects, from schools to cinemas, museums to mosques. Plus find out what the WAF judges think about finalist schemes, including yours. 

Seminar and Keynote Programme

Be inspired by some of the world's most influential architects and commentators. The Festival's industry-shaping lectures, discussions and debates give fresh insights into key issues affecting today's built environment. For a flavour of what the WAF seminar includes take a look at the 2015 programmes:

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Festival Gallery

Experience the breadth of international architectural excellence in the WAF Festival Gallery. Enter the WAF awards and your work is guaranteed to be available on WAF's free to view website worldbuildingsdirectory.com (21,000 visits per month).

Festival Hall

The Festival Hall is the hub location of WAF where you can network and engage face-to-face with leading suppliers and manufacturers from around the world. Exclusive installations and product showcases enable you to experience the latest in product design. Festival Hall Stage talks are where you can receive updates on working globally, cutting-edge technology and innovative materials

Live Student Charrettes in the WAF Student Competition

Witness the next generation of design talent flex their creative muscles in WAF's live student charrette. See how the architects of tomorrow are tackling the challenges of today.

The WAF Bars

Especially commissioned for WAF, the Festival's two bars are a meeting point and aesthetic highlight. Learn more about our WAF Fringe Events.


WAF has a host of parties, receptions and dinners in some of Singapore's hottest design destinations so you can celebrate and socialise in style! Network with the WAF community - architects, clients, judges, sponsors and the world's design media. Learn more about our WAF Fringe Events.

Networking on a global scale

WAF is the annual meeting point for international architects, clients and suppliers. Be inspired by architecture's leading lights and the community as a whole. By seeing architecture from around the globe, and hearing from the architects themselves, you will find new inspiration to tackle today's design challenges. Meet, share, collaborate and stay in touch using our online portals on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. 

Media Partners

WAF's global partners, including The Architectural Review and Dezeen, attend the festival. Meet leading critics and taste-makers on the international scene. See and be seen by the people that could inspire new opportunities for you. 

To be kept up to date with news on 2016, including when entries open, sign up to the WAF 2016 news alerts

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