World Architecture Festival to Take Place in December 2021, in Lisbon
With the pandemic situation still looking difficult in Europe, the award management office's judgement was that the previous dates of 23-25 June may be too soon to deliver the event to its usual standard. Hosting WAF in December will enable them to stage the festival that delegates expect, comprising of networking events, live judging, keynote talks, and panel discussions.
The awards entry deadline will now be Friday 7 May 2021, allowing all completed and future projects up until this date to have the chance to compete in the awards program.
Our award entrants and sponsor partners have supported us magnificently during 2020. We continue to receive high numbers of awards entries and saw more than 6,500 registrations to attend WAFVirtual last December. We feel confident that our new festival dates in the vibrant city of Lisbon make good sense. Mass vaccination programs across the world will enable us to stage a live festival that is not only of high-quality but is safe for delegates, judges, speakers, and exhibitors.
－WAF program director Paul Finch
About World Architecture Festival (WAF)
WAF is the world’s largest annual, international, live architectural event. It includes the biggest international architectural awards programme in the world, dedicated to celebrating excellence via live presentations to an audience of high-profile delegates and international juries.
The 2021 World Architecture Festival (WAF) comprises:
- A thematic conference programme (based on the theme ‘Greening the City’)
- Electronic gallery of all Award entries
- Exhibition area
- Live judging of finalists ‘projects
- Networking and social events including partner fringe events
WAFVirtual is a brand-new online event that took place on the 30 November – 4 December 2020. Registration was free for architects and design professionals, and all content is available on demand.
WAFVirtual consists of:
- Keynote talks
- Panel discussions
- Special prizes – including Isolation Competition and The Architecture Drawing Prize
- Partner events including round tables and workshops
- Online networking opportunities