Architectural Design Awards - WA Awards 39th Cycle Now Open for Submission

World Architecture Community has opened the WA Awards 10+5+X 39th Cycle to accept innovative projects from all around to be judged by a panel of star jury, including world-renowned architects, high-profiled academics and top design leaders, as well as WA Awards' previous winners and World Architecture Community Members.  All architects, interior designers, architecture and interior design students can send their entries until November 8, 2021 (23:59 GMT). Registrations are free to WAC and participants need to upload their works to their WAC pages first and they can send their entries whenever they want before the deadline. ADF (NPO Aoyama Design Forum) proudly supports the WA Awards as one of media partners.

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from left to right: No Footprint House (NFH) by Oliver Schütte © Fernando Alda Fotografía / Fernando Alda, Eleftheria Square by Zaha Hadid Architects © Laurian Ghinitoiu, THE GRAND CANAL Experience Center by Shanghai PTArchitects © courtesy of Shanghai PTArchitects, Sang Mu Dae _ Military Meditation Center by Kyeongsik Yoon © Jongoh Kim, Red Bloom by Myspace Architects © courtesy of Myspace Architects, Chengdu Everbon Renshou Feicui City Sales Center by Emma Zhang © courtesy of Emma Zhang, The Peak by Studio Symbiosis © Studio Symbiosis, Wandering In The Woods –XinMeng · Montessori Kindergarten by Liu Jinrui © Liu Jinrui.

WA Awards includes over 1,700 winning projects since it was established. Since 2006 and for over 35 Cycles, World Architecture Community organises the prestigious and acclaimed WA Awards 10+5+X. The aim of the WA Community Awards is to highlight and recognise remarkable projects that might otherwise remain unnoticed by the international public, yet have the potential to inspire exciting questions about contemporary architectural discourse.

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Time River Experience Center by CLV. Design in China won the WA Award in the 38th Cycle in the Interior Design/Realised category. Image courtesy of CLV. Design.

Eligible Members

Only Architects, Architecture Offices, Interior Designers, Interior Design Offices, Architecture and Interior Design Students are eligible to apply to WA Awards 10+5+X.

Categories

WA Awards is accepting projects for architects, interior designers and students under 2 major sections: Architecture and Interior Design. Then projects should be sent under these 3 sub-categories Realised, Designed and Student. All participants should send their projects that meet these conditions: 

For Architecture:

  • WA Designed Award: Projects that were not built
  • WA Realised Award: Projects that are actually built (built maximum within the last 10 years)
  • WA Student Award: Projects designed by Students/Academics (projects must have been studied in students' undergraduate years or in Master's Degree), only "Designed/Conceptual" projects valid - Student category projects must be presented with Supervisor or Tutor/Instructor's name and surname in the "Project Team" section during the upload. Student category projects which don't comply with these criteria will be removed from the competition.

For Interior Design:

  • WA Realised Award: Projects that are actually built (maximum within the last 10 years)
  • WA Student Award: Projects designed by Students/Academics (projects must have been studied in students' undergraduate years or in Master's Degree), only "Designed/Conceptual" projects valid - Student category projects must be presented with Supervisor or Tutor/Instructor's name and surname in the "Project Team" section during the upload. Student category projects which don't comply with these criteria will be removed from the competition.

Evaluation Criteria

WA Awards' evaluation criteria is based on Novelty, Originality and Creativity in design that reflect and inspire a commitment to the art of architecture are the major criteria. World Architecture Community tries to bridge the gap between theory and practice; thus the architect’s explanations and member’s discussions on submissions will be critical for recognition as much as the design itself.

Timetable & Calendar

The timetable for our 3-4 cycles per year is identical between cycles. The first months as of the announcement of the new cycle, you are welcome to upload and submit your projects for WA Awards consideration. The 39th WA Awards submission is open till November 8, 2021 (23:59 GMT).

Selection Process

In the fourth month of the cycle, approximately a period of 20 days is reserved for Voting and Rating. 

In the meantime, during the entire 3 months, if participants send their projects from the opening of the Cycle, World Architecture Community Members WAC's Honorary Members and earlier WA Award Winners may Vote and Rate the projects that were submitted for WA Awards during that Cycle until the cycle is full closed. 

In order to Rate the projects, a WAC member must have at least 1 uploaded project that was uploaded minimum 1 month ago in his/her page and the project should have been opened to the public by being approved by World Architecture Community.

Finally, the "X" can be those projects, which did not make it to the final selection of 10 or 5, but which had that something "special", that made them worthy of selection and acknowledgement as "X" by the WA Jury.

Entry Fees

WA Awards Participation Fees (per Cycle/per Project):

  • WA Designed Award category: $100
  • WA Realised Award category: $200
  • WA Student Award category: Free

Jury

WA Awards' judging is based on 2 selection processes: Rating and Voting. 

Voting is realized by a mixture of WAC's Honorary Members and earlier WA Award Winners. Their Votes will determine the first 10 winning projects. WAC's Honorary Members are an exclusive group of invited architects, acclaimed critics, academics and theoreticians, editors of architectural magazines, curators and other experts from architectural centers and other organizations, including Nikos Fintikakis, co-founder of SYNTHESIS AND RESEARCH, acclaimed Indonesian architect Budi Sukada, who is senior lecturer at the University of Tarumanagara, artist and teacher Ruth JacobsonAlhadeff Architects founder Giancarlo AlhadeffSanjay Puri, the founder of Sanjay Puri Architects

Rating is realized by the fellow community members of World Architecture Community. Their Rates will decide the next 5 awarded projects. 

Winners

Winners of WA Awards will receive a digital, special WA Award Winner Poster and a digital WA Award Certificate that will be made available to the participants in a few weeks after the announcement of the winners. When the Cycle is closed, submitted projects will be featured in an article on WAC to invite the WAC members to Vote and Rate the projects, with a separate email to our members. WA Awards Winners will also be announced in a featured article on WAC, as well as sharing the results with our Media Partners and other global publications. 

For more info, please visit How To Participate.

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Time River Experience Center by CLV. Design in China won the WA Award in the 38th Cycle in the Interior Design/Realised category. Image courtesy of CLV. Design.

About World Architecture Community

Founded in 2006, World Architecture Community provides a unique environment for architects, interior designers, architecture & interior design students and academics around the globe to meet, share and compete. As a truly global platform, World Architecture Community is the place where international contemporary architecture and interior design are expressed from all horizons, providing an equal opportunity to those countries generally less covered by international media.


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