April 7, 2014
by Canadian Architect
The annual search has begun to find the best new buildings on the planet as the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2014, the world’s largest architectural awards program, is now open for entries. The deadline for all entries will be 30th May 2014. The World Architecture Festival (WAF), the world’s largest, live, inclusive and interactive global architecture event, is returning for its seventh successive year. The Festival will once again be taking place at the spectacular Marina Bay Sands resort in Singapore from October 1-3, 2014.
The WAF Awards sit at the heart of the festival, and will see practices from around the world compete across 28 individual award categories for global recognition. Competing across three category groups of completed buildings, landscape projects and future projects, previous WAF Award entrants have ranged from renowned global architectural firms to small local practices. Architects of every shortlisted project are invited to attend the Festival to give a live presentation to a panel of judges, asserting their case for why their project should win. The winners of each category are put forward to compete for the coveted World Building of the Year Award, presided over by the festival’s super-jury, with the presentation of the Award being the culmination of WAF 2014.
This year’s jury is comprised of a selection of the world’s leading architects and designers, led by renowned British architect Richard Rogers, who will be joined by Rocco Yim, Julie Eizenberg, Enric Ruiz Geli and Peter Rich.
Paul Finch, WAF Program Director, said: “This year’s awards will yet again demonstrate the tremendous strength and depth of talent of the global architectural community. Many hundreds of entries are expected, with practices of all sizes set to compete across numerous awards categories in the hope of securing the festival’s biggest accolade, the World Building of the Year Award.”
“We’re delighted to have Richard Rogers chairing this year’s super-jury. Over the course of a truly brilliant career, Richard has been responsible for some of the world’s most innovative, emotive and captivating buildings. We look forward to working with him and the rest of the jury with the difficult task of distinguishing the most compelling aspects of what we expect to be the most competitive edition of the awards to date.”
The theme for WAF’s main conference sessions in 2014 will be “Architects and the City.” Speakers will examine the contribution architects can make, and the way they affect and are affected by politics, infrastructure, planning, communities and technology. Presentations and panel discussions will feature prominent architects, policy-makers and urban organizations including Thomas Wright, Executive Director of the Regional Plan Association of New York.
The World Architecture Festival is co-located with INSIDE World Festival of Interiors (www.insidefestival.com). INSIDE celebrates the world’s finest interiors of the past year and also has at its heart a live international awards program. Entries for the INSIDE Awards close on May 30, 2014.
For more information, please visit www.worldarchitecturefestival.com.
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