The WAN Façade Award champions the most innovative and original projects from across the globe recognising and promoting excellence in this increasingly important element of building design.

We are looking for designs that harness the latest technical advances to create visually stunning, cost-effective and highly efficient envelopes.

A panel of industry experts will be judging the entries and singling out designs that continue to take this transformational building element into new and exciting realms. The shortlisted and winning entries will gain even greater exposure, which will confirm your practice as a leading creative force within this sector.

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.

Enter Fees

  • £375 + VAT (Early bird - valid before 30 March)
  • £425 + VAT (Standard - valid between 30 March - 12 June)

Winner 2017: Ginza Place, Klein Dytham architecture

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