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The World Architecture Festival 2018 Roundup


The World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2018 is now over. This year’s show saw even more delegates than ever before and shortlisted practices and winners were in abundance.

The WAF is the largest international architectural event. It includes the biggest architectural awards programme in the world, dedicated to celebrating excellence via live presentations to an audience of high-profile delegates and international juries. WAF is a three-day event for architects and interior design professionals to celebrate, learn, exchange, and be inspired.

The 2018 world architecture festival was held in Amsterdam. It comprised 5 key elements:

  • The WAF awards
  • A thematic conference programme
  • An exhibition of award entries
  • Sponsor and exhibitor stands
  • A series of networking/social events, as well as WAF fringe activities.

INSIDE world festival of interiors also ran alongside WAF, with its own awards and conference programme.

Congratulations to the award winners. See the full list of all the winners here.

A word from a winner

Studio Gang were winners of two awards this year – The Glass Future Prize for Tour Montparnasse / Paris, France and the WAFX Award 2018 for Beloit College Powerhouse. Jeanne Gang, the founding principal of studio gang said: “We have three projects that were shortlisted, and we also won the WAFX prize with one of our projects. it’s nice to be here to be able to both give a talk myself and also have our projects be talked about.


In regard to the Beloit College Powerhouse it “involves converting an old coal burning power plant that was located along the river in beloit, wisconsin into a new student center and recreational and health facility — it is kind of an irony, but it works well actually. the whole inside of the building is this giant kind of gym with its equipment and we just converted it into a new kind of gym.”

Jeanne then went on to talk about the Tour Montparnasse, she said: “when we entered the project we were thinking about the innovation that it had for its environmental systems and social spaces, and also how to rethink a tower and how to reuse towers. this is very important because more and more towers are going to need to be refurbished if we want to keep them instead of tearing them down. it’s much better to try to keep them, so how can we update them?”

Next year…

You can now register your interest for the 2019 festival. Be in the know about early-bird award entries and delegate tickets here.

Closer to home, the London Festival of Architecture 2019 entries are now open. Find out how to apply here.

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