How to Enter

The WAN Awards aim is to deliver maximum exposure for newly completed and inspiring projects across 34 categories. We know from feedback over the past 10 years that an awards win provides a significant boost to an architectural practice when competing for new business. The WAN AWARDS trusted and robust judging process and truly international platform elevates this advantage further and not only will raise the chances of being selected for a project but also ensure that your firm gets the all-important global recognition for its work.

All entries are made through our online entry system.

To begin:
  1. Register your account online or sign-in if your existing account.
  2. Select the category you would like to enter. Multiple entries are welcome.
  3. Provide the required entry details.
  4. Upload your 10 page entry document, electronic A2 presentation board and a minimum of 6 images.
  5. Repeat steps 2-5 to make multiple entries. 
  6. Submit & pay for your entries.

There are no restrictions on the number of entries that can be submitted. This applies to entries within the same category or different categories. 

Please include the following information with every entry:
    • Project name
    • Name of practice 
    • Name of lead architect(s)
    • City (State if applicable)
    • Country
    • Completion date
    • Value of scheme
    • Gross internal sq m OR Gross external sq m

    Supportive Text:
    In 250 words or less, please summarise your project/scheme. This information will appear alongside your entry on the WAN Awards website and influence editorial coverage. Keep it simple, clear and concise.  

    Please make sure to include the use of the building if not immediately obvious. 

    Uploaded Materials:
    • 1 lead image. This image will be used to represent your entry throughout the entry process as well as at the Winner Presentation and in any editorial coverage.
    • 10 page PDF submission
    • 6 high resolution photographs of the project (300dpi)
    • 3 images of site plans, floor plans, key sections
    • 1 electronic entry board
    • OPTIONAL: New for 2019, video case studies are acceptable as support for your entry
    Please not a maximum of 15 photographs/images may be submitted.

    Please supply a 10 page, one sided, hi-res A4 PDF (this can be portrait or landscape) 

    Presentation is important, judges are influenced by a clearly presented scheme that they understand. It's the first step to get them to connect with your project. Follow the tips below and you will greatly increase your chances of winning.
    • Show the site clearly in its surroundings and show orientation (north point). Judges always like to see how a project responds to its environment.
    • Clearly identify which element is being submitted, especially in phased projects and masterplans.
    • Include all floor plans at max size to make it easier to understand. The judges are working online, so multiple floor plans on one page make it hard for them to follow. Label and/or list the different plans for easy orientation of the project.
    • There are no border restrictions so feel free to design your ten pages with either a boarder or full bleed.
    • Any more than ten pages will not be accepted as a submission. Please do not create a cover or index page as this will be put aside and uses up valuable presentation space.
    • Include large images of your project from all sides. The jury do not want to guess what the back or sides of the building look like because you have not incorporated any information.
    • Please incorporate text including the key challenges of the client brief and how your design addressed it – include bullet points and short sentences where possible. We advise around 500 words. 

    The presentations are NOT anonymous. Feel free to incorporate your firm’s name and logo where appropriate.

    Along with your 10 page PDF, all entrants are required to submit at least one electronic A2 board with your submission. Your board should include a combination of images, plans and text. 

    If successfully shortlisted, these boards will be the only information the jurors see at the final judging day. 

    Boards should be supplied as A2 PDFs with 3mm bleed all around with crop marks in CMYK colour ready to send to the printers.


    • Early Bird Entry Deadline: Thursday 11 April
    • Standard Deadline: Thursday 16 May
    • Final Deadline: Thursday 6 June
    • Online Judging: June/July 2019
    • Shortlist Announcement: Late July 2019
    • Winners Announced: October 2019

    *Entries can be submitted until midnight GMT on each of the above entry deadlines.
    Be sure to register for updates to receive the latest information about the WAN Awards.

    To enter the WAN AWARDS in 2019, your project must have been completed between 1 January 2018 and 31 May 2019. 

    WAN Awards Entry Fee:
    • £495 (Early bird - valid until 11 April)
    • £555 (Standard - valid between 12 April - 16 May)
    • £655 (Final - valid between 17 May - 6 June)

    Future Project Entry Fee:
    • £395 (Standard - valid until 16 May)
    • £495 (Final - valid between 17 May - 6 June)

    Rising Star / Emerging Practice Entry Fee:
    • £395 (Standard - valid until 16 May)
    • £495 (Final - valid between 17 May - 6 June)

    *Please note, VAT is applicable to all UK registered companies. This will be applied at check out. 


    There are specific entry requirements for this category. 

    Supportive Text:
    • In 600 words or less, please include an overview and description of how this technology assisted your project and the medium and platform used.

    Submission:
    • As part of your submission, you are required to submit six images to represent your entry. Please ensure the images are high res and a minimum of 300dpi.

    Download the 2019 Entry Kit Here

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