The prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) has launched its annual global awards program to choose the best building of 2018.
The industry’s power players will gather for keynote talks and presentations at the largest live architectural event in the world in Amsterdam on November 28-30. Organizers of the ‘Oscars of architecture’ are expecting more than 1,000 entries, with 500 architectural finalists competing in 35 categories.
There categories are divided into three groups: Completed Buildings, Future Projects, and Landscape. The contestants have the opportunity to enter their project in different categories. In addition, there will be a series of prizes covering small projects, best use of color, best use of timber, photography, drawing, and student work.
Last year, the World Building of the Year award was given to Chinese University of Hong Kong for the post-earthquake reconstruction/demonstration project of Guangming Village, Zhaotong. Other past winners include renowned architecture practices from across the world, such as Foster & Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, Snohetta, Isay Weinfeld, Perkins & Will, FJMT, and Sou Fujimoto.
This year, for the very first time, WAF will introduce its £10,000 (11,300 euros) Research Prize for an initiative addressing issues related to water and the built environment.
The winners will be chosen by over 130 judges from 35 countries. This year's Completed Buildings final super-jury will be chaired by Nathalie de Vries of MVRDV, who will be joined by David Adjadye, Li Xiadong, and Mohsen Mostafavi.
“WAF is a wonderful mix of theory and the reality of everyday practice in the presentations, the jury-comments, the lectures, the debates and exhibitions. The excursions, parties and joined dinner offer excellent opportunities to network. WAF is the most inclusive cross-border event on the architectural horizon!” says Brigitte Van Bakel, principal architect at AMi.
Applicants can submit their entries on the festival’s website. The early bird deadline is April 20th.
Text: Ekaterina Motyakina