Architectural Design Awards - WA Awards 38th Cycle

WA Awards 10+5+X 38th Cycle is now open for entries! The prestigious and acclaimed WA Awards is accepting projects from architects, interior designers and students from all over the world! The WA Awards highlights and recognizes remarkable projects that have the potential to inspire exciting questions about contemporary architectural discourse and is distinguished from other international web-based awards by the selection of multiple award winners. ADF (NPO Aoyama Design Forum) proudly supports the WA Awards as one of media partners.

Submitted projects from all over the world are judged by a panel of star jury, including world-renowned architects, high-profiled academics, top design leaders, as well as WA Awards' previous winners and WA members.

WA Awards 10+5+X has a standard deadline to accept entries from across the world. All architects, interior designers, architecture and interior design students can submit their entries until Thursday, July 15, 2021 (23:59 GMT) July 23, 2021 by registering to WAC from this page. It's free!

If you're already a member of WAC, log in to your account to start your entry

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WA Awards 10+5+X is also open to Interior Designers/Offices and Interior Design Students

WA Awards is accepting projects for architectsinterior designers and students under 2 major sections: Architecture and Interior Design. Then projects must 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 (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, 

WA Awards is free for Students/Academic Members. Students should create an account on WAC as a Student and they should validate their accounts as Academic Member on their WAC Settings. After validation, they can send their entries to the WA Student Award category, with a single project by cycle, free-of-charge.

Students can follow these steps to validate their accounts as Academic Member and send their projects in easiest way. 

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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 three months as of the announcement of the new cycle, in this period, participants are welcome to upload and submit their projects for WA Awards consideration. 

About WA Awards Jury

WA Awards' jury is composed by a mixture of our Honorary Members and earlier WA Award Winners, will select the first 10 projects. The next 5 will be awarded based on the ratings of fellow community members of World Architecture Community.

Selection Process

The fourth month of the cycle will be for the WA Jury to evaluate and vote (the first 10 of the 10+5+X). In the meantime, during the entire 4 months, World Architecture Community members may rate the projects that were submitted for WA Awards consideration and at the end of the cycle, once the 4 months are passed, the 5 most rated projects by World Architecture Community members would form the second 5 of the 10+5+X. 

In order to rate the projects, a WAC member must have at least 1 uploaded project in his/her page and the project should have been opened to the public by being approved by World Architecture 

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

Participants will see the payment stage after they uploaded their entries and clicked on "Participate Now" button on their My Projects page. WA Awards sets a very low pricing policy to provide more visibility to small-scale offices, increase participation and engagement for their works. 

WA Awards Participation Fee for Associate Members (per Cycle and per Project):

  • Designed category: $100
  • Realised category: $200
  • Students: free

Find out more about WA Awards 10+5+X fees

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 a few weeks after the announcement of the winners.

Once 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. 

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. 

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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