World Architecture Festival
The World Architecture Festival (WAF) is an annual event held in Barcelona
Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain after Madrid, and the capital of Catalonia, with a population of 1,621,537 within its administrative limits on a land area of...

 organised by EMAP
Emap Limited is a British media company, specialising in the production of business-to-business magazines, and the organisation of business events and conferences...

, a media group that runs other festivals, including the World Retail Congress
World Retail Congress
World Retail Congress is the largest international meeting place for retail leaders. The event is run by - a B2B publishing company. Each year, leaders of retail are invited to speak at the conference about relevant and topical issues that are shaping global retail.The conference is an...

 and Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival
Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival
The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is a global event for those working in advertising and related fields. The seven-day festival, incorporating the awarding of the Lions awards, is held yearly at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in Cannes, France...

, as well as publishes various journals, including within the field of architecture the Architectural Review
Architectural Review
The Architectural Review is a monthly international architectural magazine published in London since 1896. Articles cover the built environment which includes landscape, building design, interior design and urbanism as well as theory of these subjects....

, and the Architects' Journal. The inaugural WAF was hold on 22–24 October 2008. The 2010 festival took place on 3–5 November. The "Building of the Year" award and 17 category awards are selected from shortlisted entries which are presented to the jury during the festival. The 2011 festival will take place on 2–4 November.


For the 2008 awards, international juries shortlisted the best recently completed buildings in 17 categories from a total of 722 entries from 63 countries. All the 224 shortlisted projects were presented by their architects to the juries and audiences at the Festival. On the final day the 17 category winners again had to present the work, competing against each other to win the first architectural Prix de Barcelona. The international judging panel, composed of architects, allied professionals, clients and architecture critics, was headed by Norman Foster
Norman Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank
Norman Robert Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank, OM is a British architect whose company maintains an international design practice, Foster + Partners....


The 2010 awards attracted more than 500 entries from 61 countries.

Building of the Year winners

  • 2008 - Bocconi University
    Bocconi University
    Bocconi University is a private university located in central Milan, beside Parco Ravizza. Bocconi provides undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate education, in addition to a range of double degree programs, in the fields of economics, management, finance and law. According to many university...

     building, Milan, Italy by Grafton Architects.
  • 2009 - Mapungubwe Interpretation Center in South Africa, by Peter Rich Architects.
  • 2010 - MAXXI – National Museum of the 21st Century Arts
    MAXXI – National Museum of the 21st Century Arts
    The MAXXI - National Museum of the 21st Century Arts is a national museum dedicated to contemporary creativity, located in the Flaminio neighbourhood of Rome, Italy. It is managed by a foundation created by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities...

     in Rome, Italy by Zaha Hadid
    Zaha Hadid
    Zaha Hadid, CBE is an Iraqi-British architect.-Life and career:Hadid was born in 1950 in Baghdad, Iraq. She received a degree in mathematics from the American University of Beirut before moving to study at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.After graduating she worked...



  • Civic and Community:Produkcija 004,Emergency Terminal, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Culture:Peter Rich Architects,Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre,South Africa
  • Display:Batlle & Roig Architects,Cages for Macaws,Spain
  • Health:Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos,Teleton Tampico, Mexico
  • Holiday:Murman Arkitekter ab,Restaurant Tusen, Ramundberget, Sweden
  • House:McBride Charles Ryan,Klein Bottle House, Rye, Australia
  • Housing:WOHA
    WOHA is a Singapore based multidisciplinary design and architecture firm, founded by Wong Mun Summ & Richard Hassell in 1994. The firm has been said not to have a fixed language or style, and, instead, to let each project evolve around a set of objectives and strategies that emerge from within the...

    ,The Met, Bangkok, Thailand, Republic of Singapore
  • Landscape:Turen Design Institute,Adaptation Palettes, Beijing
  • Learning:The Pearl Academy of Fashion,Morphogenesis, Jaipur, India
  • New and Old:Perkins Eastman
    Perkins Eastman
    Perkins Eastman is an international architecture, interior design, urban design, planning, landscape architecture, graphic design, and project management firm. Headquartered in New York, New York, the firm is led by founding Principals Bradford Perkins and Mary-Jean Eastman, along with the firm's...

    , USA (Architect),Choi Ropiha, Australia (Concept Architect),William Fellows/ PKSB(Plaza Architect),Dewhurst MacFarlane and Partners(Structural Engineer), TKTS Booth and the Redevelopment of Father Duffy Square, New York, USA
  • Office:Behnisch Architekten
    Behnisch Architekten
    Behnisch Architekten is an architectural practice based in Stuttgart, Germany, with branches in Venice, California and Boston, Massachusetts.The office was founded in 1989 by Stefan Behnisch, son of the well-known German architect Günter Behnisch...

    ,Unileverhaus, Hamburg, Germany
  • Production, Energy and Recycling:Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
    Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
    Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners is a British architectural firm. Established in 2007, it was previously known as the Richard Rogers Partnership....

    ,Bodegas Protos winery, Spain
  • Shopping:Isay Weinfeld,Havaianas, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Sport:Allen Jack + Cottier, Berry Sports Hall, Australia
  • Transport:WOHA
    WOHA is a Singapore based multidisciplinary design and architecture firm, founded by Wong Mun Summ & Richard Hassell in 1994. The firm has been said not to have a fixed language or style, and, instead, to let each project evolve around a set of objectives and strategies that emerge from within the...

    ,Bras Basah Mass Rapid Transit Station, Singaore


  • Civic: Buro II + CITIC ADI, GZBICC, Guangzhou Baiyun International Convention Centre, China.
  • Housing: Bjarke Ingels Group
    Bjarke Ingels
    Bjarke Ingels is a Danish architect. He heads the architectural practice Bjarke Ingels Group which he founded in 2006. In 2009 he co-founded the design consultancy KiBiSi...

    , Mountain Dwellings
    Mountain Dwellings
    Mountain Dwellings is an award-winning building in the Ørestad district of Copenhagen, Denmark, consisting of apartments above a multi-storey car park. The building is designed by Danish architectural practice Bjarke Ingels Group...

    , Denmark.
  • Culture: Snøhetta
    Snøhetta is an international architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design office based in Oslo, Norway and New York City. Craig Dykers and Kjetil Trædal Thorsen are the two principals of the company. In addition there are four partners, architect Robert Greenwood, architect Ole...

    , Oslo Opera House
    Oslo Opera House
    The Oslo Opera House is the home of The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and the national opera theatre in Norway. The building is situated in the Bjørvika neighborhood of central Oslo, at the head of the Oslofjord. It is operated by Statsbygg, the government agency which manages property for...

    , Norway.
  • Energy, Waste & recycling: Batlle & Roig Architects, Landscape Restoration of the Controlled Rubbish Dump "La Vall d'en Joan", Spain.
  • Health: FAREstudio, Centre pour le Bien-être des Femmes et la prévention des mutilations génitales féminines 'G.Kambou', Burkina Faso.
  • Holiday: Bakker Boniface Haden Architects, Nk'Mip Desert Cultural CentreHotson, Canada.
  • Learning: Grafton Architects, Universita Luigi Bocconi, Italy.
  • Nature: Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, Olympic Sculpture Park
    Olympic Sculpture Park
    The Olympic Sculpture Park is a public park in Seattle, Washington that opened on January 20, 2007.The park consists of a outdoor sculpture museum and beach. The park was designed by Weiss/Manfredi Architects, along with Charles Anderson Landscape Architecture and other consultants. It is...

    , Seattle Art Museum, USA.
  • New and Old: Foster + Partners
    Foster and Partners
    Foster + Partners is an architectural firm based in London. The practice is led by its founder and Chairman, Norman Foster, and has constructed many high-profile glass-and-steel buildings....

    , Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian Institution, USA.
  • Office: Sabbagh Arquitectos, Duoc Corporate Building, Chile.
  • Pleasure: 70F Architecture, Sheep Stable, The Netherlands.
  • Production: Coop Himmelb(l)au
    Coop Himmelb(l)au
    Coop Himmelbau is a cooperative architectural design firm primarily located in Vienna, Austria and which now also maintains offices in Los Angeles, United States and Guadalajara, Mexico...

    , BMW Welt
    BMW Welt
    BMW Welt , is a multi-functional customer experience and exhibition facility of the BMW AG, located in Munich, Germany...

     - Event, Exhibition and Automobile Delivery Centre, Germany.
  • Religion & Contemplation: Meixner Schlüter Wendt Architekten, Dornbusch Church, Germany.
  • Sport: 3LHD
    3LHD is an architectural firm based in Zagreb, Croatia. The studio was responsible for designing many public and business objects throughout the country and abroad, is known for its simplicity and contemporary visual look in architecture...

     Architects, Sports Hall Bale, Croatia.
  • Shopping: Wingårdh Arkitektkontor
    Wingårdh arkitektkontor
    Wingårdh arkitektkontor is an architectural firm based in the Sweden. The practice is led by its founder, Gert Wingårdh. It has circa 150 employees .- References :*Gert Wingårdh, architect. Rasmus Waern. Birkhäuser, 2001....

    , K:fem, Sweden.
  • Private House: Sou Fujimoto Architects, Final Wooden House, Japan.
  • Transport: Zaha Hadid Architects
    Zaha Hadid
    Zaha Hadid, CBE is an Iraqi-British architect.-Life and career:Hadid was born in 1950 in Baghdad, Iraq. She received a degree in mathematics from the American University of Beirut before moving to study at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.After graduating she worked...

    , Nordpark Cable Railway Stations, Austria.
  • Student charrette: HafenCity University Hamburg

Judges 2011

  • Will Alsop
    Will Alsop
    Will Allen Alsop, OBE RA is a British architect based in London. He is responsible for several distinctive and controversial modernist buildings, most in the United Kingdom. Alsop's buildings are usually distinguished by their use of bright colour and unusual forms...

    , United Kingdom
  • Chris Bosse
    Chris Bosse
    Chris Bosse is Asia Pacific Director of multinational firm Laboratory for Visionary Architecture [LAVA], Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney and lectures worldwide....

    , Germany
  • Peter Cook
    Peter Cook
    Peter Edward Cook was an English satirist, writer and comedian. An extremely influential figure in modern British comedy, he is regarded as the leading light of the British satire boom of the 1960s. He has been described by Stephen Fry as "the funniest man who ever drew breath," although Cook's...

    , Unnired Kingdom
  • Monica Ponce de Leon
    Monica Ponce de Leon
    Monica Ponce de Leon is a Venezuelan-born architect and educator based in Ann Arbor, MI and Boston, MA. She is founding partner with Nader Tehrani in the award-winning firm Office dA, and Dean and Eliel Saarinen Collegiate Professor at the A...

    , United States of America
  • Paul Finch, United Kingdom
  • Charles Jencks
    Charles Jencks
    Charles Alexander Jencks is an American architectural theorist, landscape architect and designer. His books on the history and criticism of Modernism and Postmodernism were widely read in architectural circles and beyond....

    , United States of America
  • Wang Lu
    Wang Lu
    Wang Lu is a female Chinese beach volleyball player who competed at the in the 2004 Summer Olympics.In 2004, she was eliminated with her teammate You Wenhui in the first round of the women's beach volleyball competition.-References:* *...

    , China
  • James McAdam
    James McAdam
    James MacAdam was an Irish naturalist and geologist.Mcadam was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, and then at Trinity College, Dublin.He had a private geological museum, which included specimens collected during excavations made during the construction of the Irish railways...

    , United Kingdom
  • Timothy Moore,Australia
  • Michel Rojkind
    Michel Rojkind
    Michel Rojkind=Michel Rojkind is a Mexican architect and former musician of Russian-Mexican descent.-Early Years and Education:...

    , Mexico

Speakers 2011

  • Yvonne Farrell, United Kingdom
  • James Grose, Unoted Kingdom
  • Akihiko Hamada, Japan
  • David Mackay, Spain
  • William Menking, United States of America
  • Pauline Nee, United Kingdom
  • Koen Olthuis, Netherlands
  • Santiago Parramón, Spain
  • Andrew Patterson, New Zealand
  • Sanjay Puri, India
  • Michael Rayner, Australia
  • Ken Tadashi Oshima, United States of America
  • Roger Zogolovitch, United Kingdom

Some of the Entries Including

  • Australia - Allen Jack+Cottier / Andrew Maynard Architects / Circa Architecture / H2o architects / HASSELL / Kerstin Thompson Architects / *Lahznimmo Architects / Wilson Architects / Suters Architects.
  • Belgium - BURO II & ARCHI+I.
  • Brazil - Dipace&Dipace / Studio MK27.
  • Canada - IBI Group.
  • Chile - Gonzalo Mardones Viviani.
  • China - logon / Turenscape.
  • Cyprus - Theo David Architects.
  • Denmark - 3XN / AART Architects / Bjarke Ingels Group.
  • Egypt - Abiat Architects.
  • Estonia - EA Reng.
  • France -LAN Architecture.
  • Germany - Hammoodi Partner.
  • Greece - Eleanna Horiti Architecte .
  • Hong Kong - Rocco Design Architects.
  • India - ADS Designs / Archohm Consults / Malik Architecture / Manasram Architect / Nivedita & Uday Pande.
  • Iran - F.E.A / Metaphor Architectural Associates / New Wave Architecture.
  • Ireland- Dhb Architects / Scott Tallon Walker.
  • Israel - Kimmel Eshkolot architects.
  • Japan - Sou Fujimoto Architects / Takase corporation.

Sponsors and Exhibitors 2011

  • Grohe
    Friedrich Grohe AG & Co. KG is a European manufacturer of sanitary fittings, including kitchen and bathroom faucets, and shower systems. Grohe has roughly eight percent of the world market for such products. The Grohe corporate center is in Düsseldorf, Germany, and it has offices in many parts of...

  • Hp
  • Swisspearl
  • RLB( River Levett Bucknall)
  • ie School of Architecture and Design
  • Aedas
    Aedas is an international architectural firm operating in 31 offices in 20 countries. The practice provides Architecture, Interior Design, Building Consultancy, Research & Development, Imaging, Urban Design and Landscape Design services...

  • Figueras
  • Casa Decor
  • Lamberts
  • .hess
  • Mosa. Tiles.
  • Somhidros
  • Laufen
    Laufen is a municipality on the southeastern border of Bavaria with Austria.-History:It was first mentioned in a deed of 748. The rapids that gave the town the name were also responsible for the town's wealth from the salt trade...

  • Desso

Seminar Agenda

Wednesday 2 November

Response and Repair
  • 10.15 Introduction and opening remarks from World Architecture Festival Director, Paul Finch.
  • 10.30 - 11.15 Reconstructing Japan - resilience and repair
  • 11.30 - 12.15 Recovering a city's heritage: Rebuilding Christchurch's cultural spaces
  • 12.30 - 13.15 Creating a new urban reality: A strategy for Chile
  • 14.45 - 15.30 Post Traumatic Urbanism - disaster capitalism or force for good
  • 15.45 - 16.30 Making a difference to the architect's office
  • 18.15 - 18.45 Announcement of Wednesday's category winners
  • 18.45 - 20.00 Opening drinks reception at CCIB
  • 20.30 - 24.00 WAF party at the Trespa showroom - drinks and tapas in central Barcelona

Thursday 3 November

Recovery and Rethink
  • 10.30 - 11.15 Rethinking land use - time for change?
  • 11.30 - 12.15 Resurrecting Haiti's Iron Markets and rebuilding a city's morale
  • 12.30 - 1.15 Thinking differently: New approaches to materials and products
  • 14.45 - 15.30 New Orleans - the road to recovery
  • 15.45 - 16.30 Brisbane and Rio: Designing for 'precarious urbanism'
  • 17.00 - 18.00 Keynote talk: MBM 60 years in Barcelona: Architecture under the dictatorship, the explosion of democracy, the legacy of the Olympics
  • 18.15 - 18.45 Announcement of Thursday's category winners
  • 19.00 - 21.00 WAF reception for shortlisted practices at Figueras showroom, central Barcelona

Friday 4 November

Winners presentations
  • 10.00 - 17.00 Category winners presentations
  • 18.30 - 19.30 Final awards ceremony: Announcement of World Building of the Year
  • 19.30 - 20.30 Closing drinks reception at CCIB
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