The WAN Civic Buildings Award now in its 10th year, showcases the finest in public sector architecture. Projects will be rewarded not only for their architectural quality and sustainability credentials, but also for their impact on the surrounding area and wider contribution to the local community – from galleries to libraries, police stations to government buildings.

The civic buildings award is always one of the most popular sectors, attracting entries from all over the world, this award offers an unparalleled opportunity to gain recognition and exposure for your work, promoting the best in pioneering civic design.

Assessing the entries will be a panel of experts, handpicked for their expertise, experience and commitment to advancing excellence within the public realm. Recognition from our panel has been proven to enhance the image and awareness of your practice to prospective clients.

Judging Criteria

The judges will use their experience in the sector to assess your project on a number of factors to get to the short list including; Originality, Innovation, Form, Function, Sustainability and Context.

The shortlisted projects will then be tested to see whether your design has:

  • Addressed any key challenges within the client brief
  • Pushed the accepted boundaries for this building type

Presentation is also of great importance, and judges will be looking for your ability to communicate the 'story' of your building, from the initial concept through to its completion.


The competition is open to all projects built during the last three full calendar years, on or after 01 January 2015.

Entry Fees

  • £375 (Early bird - valid before 30 March)
  • £425 (Standard - valid between 30 March - 12 June)
Entries received after 12 June will be subject to a late fee of £50

2017 Winner: The Palestinian Museum, Heneghan Peng Architects

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