World Architecture Festival (WAF) is the largest global live awards event for architects and designers. The next edition will take place in Singapore from 6 - 8 November 2024. Gain global recognition and celebrate your work by entering the WAF 2024 awards.

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. Discuss your work and use their feedback to strengthen your future projects.

Categories 2024

Take the first step to winning a prestigious WAF trophy and choose the categories you want to enter. There are 44 categories across completed buildings, future projects, landscape and interiors. Enter by 28 March to save £80!

Entry guidelines

WAF’s unique, rigorous judging process strengthens your credibility and sets you apart from the competition. Learn about WAF’s entry guidelines, the 2024 timelines and the judging process.

Meet the first of the 2024 judges

Meet the first confirmed 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!

WAF Winners 2023

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, The Probiotic Tower, Cairo by design and more international took home the Future Project trophy, Benjakitti Forest Park: Transforming a Brownfield into an Urban Ecological Sanctuary by TURENSCAPE, Arsom silp Community and Environmental Architect was named as Landscape of the Year and SJB won the coveted World Interior of the Year title for their project 19 Waterloo Street.

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.

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 Categories

From Hotels to Workplace, and Residential to Retail, designers can showcase their interior projects across 11 dedicated categories. Enter by 28 March to save £80! View the categories

2023 Winners

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

Where

World Architecture Festival 2024 will take place at the world-class venue Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Click here for more information about attending the festival and to book your ticket.

Creating a more sustainable event

WAF is a global event that realises the industry needs to do better and therefore we are making choices that will lead to a more sustainable event. Learn what we are doing.

Singapore Destination Guide

Discover Singapore, a city-state in Southeast Asia that is fast becoming one of the world's hottest destinations - drawing both business and leisure travellers. Use the Singapore Destination Guide to make the most of your trip to WAF!

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.

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 special prizes

Special prizes include The Futureglass Prize, supported by Aestech, International Building Beauty Prize, supported by Royal Fine Art Commission Trust and Ballymore, Best Use of Natural Light, supported by VELUX, The Water Prize, supported by GROHE, 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.

Architecture Book of the Year Award

Publishers were invited to submit entries to the inaugural Architecture Book of the Year Award programme. 

The Visualisation Prize

Supported by Lumion

The fourth-annual Visualisation Prize brought the worlds of architecture and visualisation closer together. The finalists presented live at the festival in Singapore and the winner was announced at the Gala Dinner.

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.

WAFN

WAFN is a monthly newsletter including building visits, architectural commentary and book reviews. Read the latest articles and subscribe to always receive the latest edition.

Letters from London

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

Films

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.

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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