Why Enter?

Our aim is to deliver maximum exposure for newly completed and inspiring projects across 34 categories, with areas as diverse as Adaptive Reuse, Transport and Waterfront Architecture. We welcome entries from practices of all sizes and specialties, our aim is to reward outstanding work.

Winning the WAN AWARDS has proven to be a significant asset, establishing your firm's credentials as a design leader within the sector and often leads to direct opportunities with new clients. In fact, many of our judges have gone on to collaborate with previous award recipients.

GLOBAL EXPOSURE: Upon entering, your work will featured on the WAN website. In addition, a gallery of entries will be published on the WAN news bulletin showcasing to our readership the entries received that month. The global reach of the WAN network: 76,000 subscribers to our newsletters, over 800,000 website visitors with nearly five million page views per year along with over one million social-media followers.

INTERNATIONAL JURY PANEL: Your project will be judged by a top-level international jury panel of highly influential people including developers, clients and leading designers, providing a unique opportunity to promote your work to leading experts.

A CHANCE TO JUDGE: WAN Awards winners are often invited to join our jury panels in subsequent years

WINNERS' BADGE: Awarded along with a trophy and/or certificate, these specially designed logos are used to signify the status of the Winner, Shortlisted or Commended entries.

AWARDS PRESENTATION: We will be holding an winners presentation in the later part of the year. All winners will be announced at this 2019 event. This is your opportunity to network with industry leaders and peers to forge new relationships for the future.


WAN Future Projects: Education Winner 2018

"The project team is honoured by the recognition of having received the WAN Award for their future design school project. The calibre of projects are all highly regarded, for our project to be selected in the WAN Awards is both gratifying and rewarding for the entire studio. The award win motivates the team, inspiring them to exceed towards better design practices and reiterates the influence of award recognition" Charlie Emery, Marketing Communications Leader, Architectus

WAN Education Winner 2018

"The awards ceremony at London Hilton Bankside was professionally organised, with a welcome reception on ground floor and main ceremony in the ballroom below. The exhibition of shortlisted projects was minimal but very well designed. In terms of the ceremony itself, we applaud the idea of restricting stage activity only to the main awards and welcomed the general pace of the process itself. The quality of food was exceptional" Phill Web, Communications Consultant, Design Engine Architects

WAN Best Use of Immersive Technology Winner 2018

"Winning this category, especially as it’s a new category in the awards has helped solidify Place Design Group’s international reputation for providing innovative and forward thinking solutions. To have received global recognition as thought leaders in the VR field has been really great exposure, and invaluable in continuing the conversation around the future street movement" Rebecca Evans, Marketing Coordinator, Place Design Group

"The receipt of the WAN Commercial Award for 2017, in the midst of such diverse and interesting projects from around the world, is certainly a very pleasing thing. To have our Glasshouse at Goonoo Goonoo project recognised this way is exciting for the whole team that worked on the project. World Architecture News provides a wonderful platform for communicating the variety and quality of architecture across the globe; and to have them recognise one of our projects in this way can only help get the message out that our young firm in Sydney is a very capable design studio." John Rose, Principal, TKD Architects

“ We are thrilled to get news of our win at the 'WAN House of The Year Award 2017'. A visible international award like WAN brings an added credibility to our practice, specially in our home turf of India. The rigorous and careful shortlisting process by a expert judging panel comprising our fellow architects from around the world adds weightage to the accolade. It has been only two weeks since the news was announced and we are getting daily congratulatory messages from old and current clients, well wishers and well as calls from prospective clients." Sandeep Khosla, Founder + Principal, Khosla Associates

”Receiving two of this year's WAN Awards is an important recognition of the work of all of our colleagues at Friis & Moltke Architects as well as a confirmation that the values characterizing our architecture over more than half a century also gain international recognition. For our clients, the two WAN Awards also represents a great appreciation for the choices and good cooperation made throughout the project.
Participation in the award ceremony was both a festive and ideal opportunity to meet talented colleagues from all over the world.” Mikkel Wienberg og Mogens Husted Kristensen - Friis & Moltke Architects.

Firas Hnoosh, Principal and Design Director, Perkins+Will - judge for the WAN Tall Buildings Award 2017

“I’m honored to serve as judge for the WAN Tall Buildings Awards. This year, the entries pushed the limit of high-rise design by challenging both technical and social norms. They demonstrated visions by great clients captured in physical form by their architects, the results speak for that successful collaboration! To me equally interesting are the concepts explored, from sustainable technologies to redefining social norms. Tall buildings continue to inspire us and symbolize our ambition and the success of our cities. I look forward to judging future awards!” Firas Hnoosh, Principal and Design Director, Perkins+Will

WAN Small Spaces Temporary Award 2016 Winner

"Since winning the Small Spaces - Temporary WAN AWARD, we have been overwhelmed with attention for Wheel Pad. The jury comments demonstrated the depth of the jury as well as their care in truly evaluating a project. Never have our architectural intentions been so clearly seen and described so succinctly. Furthermore, the jury comments are proving extremely helpful in our marketing efforts. We are installing our prototype in Putney, Vermont, this week. Thank you for your role in moving Wheel Pad L3C from concept toward launch." Joseph Cincotta, Architect and Julie Lineberger, CEO

Martin Knight, Director, Knight Architects - judge for the WAN Best Bridge Award 2016

"It is always a privilege to participate as a Juror in major awards programmes, particularly of the quality and international breadth of the WAN Awards. The range of entries in the Bridges category was impressive, from the enormous to the modest, yet all demonstrated architectural ambition and a passion for the art of bridge design. The submissions were concise and highly informative and they beautifully represented the architectural qualities of the work, ensuring the process of judging was well informed, rigorous and robust." Martin Knight, Director, Knight Architects

Russ Edwards, Design & Technical Director, lendlease - judge for the WAN Small Spaces Award 2017

"The genuinely global nature of these awards is what intrigued me to join the jury, however the extraordinary quality of the projects on show, both temporary and permanent, made this an absolutely incredible process to be a part of. The Small Spaces category in particular, was characterised, perhaps not surprisingly, by simple ideas extrapolated out to a sophisticated conclusion marrying form and function. All of the shortlisted designers have both my admiration and congratulations." Russ Edwards, Design & Technical Director, lendlease

Jean-Christophe Masson, Co-founder, Hamonic+Masson & Associés - judge for the WAN Social Housing Award 2017

Judging the WAN Awards for the Social Housing category was a great experience. It was interesting to see the international scope of submissions, and the architectural innovation and excellence that some of the projects demonstrated. The subject of housing is crucial for today’s society, and it was great to see such a diverse range of solutions to supply the current demand, ranging from individual apartments to high rise towers to the creation of new communities." Jean-Christophe Masson, Co-founder, Hamonic+Masson & Associés

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