World Architecture Festival 2011

World Architecture Festival (WAF), the world’s largest, live, inclusive and interactive global architecture event, is returning to Barcelona for its fourth successive year from November 2-4, 2011 at the Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona (CCIB), and features the world’s biggest architectural competition – The World Architectural Festival Awards.

WAF is a key event in the global architectural calendar and has attracted more than 5,000 delegates from around the world. The WAF Awards will again be at the heart of the Festival with an Estonian theatre made of straw, a soccer school in Soweto, a tree hotel in Sweden, a bamboo office in India and a moving gallery in New York among the 281 projects that have been announced in the WAF Awards shortlist.

Projects entered this year, against a backdrop of a challenging economic climate, highlight the continuing need for innovative buildings that use materials and construction techniques which are sympathetic to practical, aesthetic and economical factors.

Buildings designed by renowned architects such as Zaha Hadid and Foster + Partners feature among buildings by smaller/ lesser-known practices. Each practice will compete as equals when presenting their designs live to international judging panels and Festival delegates.

A distinguished jury, headed up in 2011 by Michael Sorkin, principal of Michael Sorkin Studio New York, will unite for the Festival finale and cast their vote to decide which project will be crowned World Building of the Year 2011.

A series of keynote addresses, seminars, exhibitions, presentations and social events will run alongside the main awards program at the Festival. Every shortlisted project will also be on view in a grand exhibition.

Full details of the program are available on