Last year, 23 projects from the United States were shortlisted in the WAF Awards with two projects claiming victory – Fulton Center by Grimshaw Architects winner of the Completed Buildings: Transport category and Vancouver House by Bjarke Ingels Group winner of Future Project Residential Category.
Widely regarded as the Oscars of architecture world, not only does WAF provide the chance to win a global architectural accolade, but the festival also opens the door to international media coverage, peer and client recognition, and the potential for exciting new commissions all over the world.
Commenting on this year’s Awards, WAF Programme Director Paul Finch said:
US architects have been generous in their support of WAF since its launch in 2008, both as entrants, judges and speakers. Our move to Berlin will mean a much more convenient journey for many, and we are looking forward to meeting new entrants and delegates, and renewing links with designers who attended the event when it was in Barcelona
The first members of this year’s ‘super-jury’ have been announced: Louisa Hutton of Sauerbruch Hutton, and Professor Frédéric Migayrou, Chair of The Bartlett School of Architecture. The esteemed panel of venerated architects will decide on the Festival’s ultimate prize – The World Building of the Year. Alan Balfour, Former Dean of Georgia Tech College of Architecture, and Bill Menking, Editor of the Architects Newspaper, will also judge.
This year’s World Architecture Festival will take place in Europe at Arena Berlin from the 16 – 18 November 2016 – one of the German capital’s best-known venues for cultural events situated next to the River Spree. Designed by Franz Ahrens, The Arena was built in 1927 as a bus depot for Berlin’s public transport system, and at the time was Europe’s largest free-standing hall. Officially closed following Germany’s reunification, the venue was reborn following extensive refurbishment works in the early 1990s.
Shortlisted nominees will present their projects live to an international jury to compete for the ultimate accolades of World Building of the Year and Future Project of the Year 2016, which have the power to transform careers, promoting your work to a global audience.