World Architecture Festival (WAF) will take place in Singapore from 6 - 8 November 2024. Gain inspiration from the world's most innovative projects, participate in insightful seminars, and witness a live-judged awards programme unlike any other. It's the perfect opportunity to learn from the best, network with colleagues, and be at the forefront of architectural excellence.

2024 Shortlist

The WAF and Inside 2024 Shortlist is revealed!

See the best new architecture and interior projects worldwide as the finalists are revealed for Completed Buildings, Future Projects Landscape and Inside. See who will be presenting their projects LIVE in Singapore later this year at the world's largest live-judged architecture and design awards.

What's on

WAF is the only global architecture festival that combines a unique live-judged awards programme, seminars and networking events.

Book tickets

Architects and designers from across the world. Join your community and book your tickets today.  

Planning your trip

World Architecture Festival 2024 will take place at the world-class venue Marina Bay Sands in Singapore from the 6-8 November.

The Awards

What is WAF?

WAF is the only awards programme where all finalists present their projects live to a panel of judges at the festival in Singapore. This year's entries are now closed and the shortlist is now revealed!

2024 Shortlist

We are delighted to reveal the WAF completed buildings, future projects and landscape finalists! The Inside shortlist will be revealed on Wednesday 10 July. See who will be presenting their projects live in Singapore later this year.

Entry guidelines

WAF’s unique, rigorous judging process strengthens your credibility and sets you apart from the competition. Learn about WAF’s entry guidelines and the judging process.

Meet the 2024 judges

Meet the 2024 judges

See who will be scrutinising your submissions and recognising the world's most groundbreaking architectural and design achievements at WAF 2024.

This year's WAF and Inside judging panel's will boast over 140 leading architects, designers, journalists, and industry experts. Jury members already confirmed include Kelley Cheng, Sanjay Puri, Mariana Simas, Sonali Rastogi, Mario Cucinella, Emre Arolat, Ian Ritchie, Charu Kokate, Yael Reisner, Sir Peter Cook, Nigel Coates and more!

Inside World Festival of Interiors

What is Inside?

Inside World Festival of Interiors is the sister awards programme of WAF and celebrates the finest examples of global interior design. Inside will take place in Singapore alongside WAF.

2024 Shortlist

From Hotels to Workplace, and Residential to Retail, the interior projects that have made the shortlist across 10 dedicated categories have now been revealed. See who will go on to present live in Singapore! View the shortlist

2023 Winners

The 2023 Inside World Interior of the Year winner was 19 Waterloo Street by SJB, click here to view all the winners

Architecture Book of the Year Award

Publishers were invited to submit entries to the inaugural Architecture Book of the Year Award programme. Entries for the 2024 edition will open in April.

The Architecture Drawing Prize

Sponsored by Iris Ceramica and curated by WAF, Make Architects and Sir John Soane’s Museum, TADP celebrates the importance of drawing as a tool in capturing architectural ideas. 2024 will be a fallow year for the prize and will be returning in 2025!

WAF China

The WAF China is the official partner of the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) for mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. We bring the same world-class experience to the region, offering a vibrant and enriching festival for Chinese design professionals. WAF China fosters a relaxed and open atmosphere, where participants can connect and engage with leading figures in both Chinese and international design. 

Entries for the WAF China awards are now open.

Special Prizes

Recognising excellence

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.

The 2024 special prizes

Best Use of Natural Light, supported by VELUX, Best use of Stone, supported by Turkish Stone, The GROHE Water Prize, The Sustainability Prize supported by Rockwool, Best Use of Colour Prize and Small Project of the Year.

2023 winners

From Woods Bagot and SHoP Architects to Osamu Morishita Architect and Associates, see all of the 2023 special prize winners.

WAFX Awards

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

All WAFX winners are chosen from the WAF Future Projects shortlist with no additional cost or material needed from the entrant. Winners will go on to present their project live at WAF in Singapore with an overall WAFX winner announced at the Gala Dinner.

2023 winners

The winning projects for each of the 2023 categories have been revealed. Rethinking Oil Rigs - Offshore Data Centres by Arup was chosen as the overall WAFX 2023 winner and announced during the festival in Singapore.

See the 2023 winners

Huizhen High School by Approach Design Studio/Zhejiang University of Technology Engineering Design Group was crowned World Building of the Year. View all of the 2023 winners.

WAF 2023 in pictures

1,800 attendees visited WAF 2023 in Singapore at the end of 2023, the first time back at Marina Bay Sands in almost 10 years. Re-live the festival and take a look at all of the photo highlights from across the three days.

WAF 2023 films

Relive the 2023 festival by watching the highlights films, keynote sessions and the final day live-judging sessions to get some tips for your entries this year.


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Letters from London

Hear from WAF’s Programme Director, Paul Finch, in his monthly blog on architecture, life in London and much more.


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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.

WAF’s history

World Architecture Festival has been bringing together the global architecture community for 16 years. Each year the event sees 1000's of architects, designers and suppliers come together.

Entry FAQs

Need help with your entry? You may be able to find the answers to your questions in our handy entry FAQs.

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