World Architecture Festival unveils 2022 shortlist


World Architecture Festival unveils 2022 shortlist

The Rajasthan School by Sanjay Puri Architects, Ras, India. Photo © Dinesh Mehta

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) unveiled the 420 shortlist for this year’s festival, with entries from around the world including Portugal, Malaysia, Finland, Mexico, Turkey, Australia, Japan, India and the UK. The awards program celebrates the best completed new buildings and landscaping projects, ranging from rural villas to contemporary religious buildings and healthcare facilities constructed during the pandemic.

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The theme for the 2022 edition of the festival is “Together”, exploring how architecture responds to the renewal of collective life after the pandemic. The festival’s live events program also seeks to analyze the role of architecture in climate change commitments. In addition to completed buildings, the shortlist features the most inspiring new architectural concepts in the Future Projects category.

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Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen by MVRDV, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Image © Ossip van Duivenbode

The WAF is a live-judged awards program, meaning the selected architects and designers behind each shortlisted project will meet live to compete for the 43 category awards. Category winners will then compete for the final prizes: Global Building of the Year, Landscape of the Year, Future Project of the Year and Interior of the Year. This year’s international juries will include Mario Cucinella, Tracy Meller, Sanjay Puri, Gonka Arik Caliskan, Sir Peter Cook, Yui Tezuka and Shane O’Toole, Eva Jiricna, Issa Diabaté, Nadia Tromp, Jo Noero, Ann Lau and Nigel Coates. .


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The number and quality of entries this year has been very encouraging, and we look forward to meeting in person to judge the categories and then our Best in Show awards. WAF, the outstanding live event in the world of architecture, celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2022. We are delighted to host the event in the beautiful city of Lisbon and look forward to reconnecting with our architect and designer friends from around the world. whole world . – Paul Finch, WAF Program Director

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SASIPAWAN WISDOM CENTER by Architects 49 Limited, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. Image © Krisda Boonchaleow
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DALI ERHAI ECOLOGICAL CORRIDOR KIDS SCIENCE ACTIVITY PARK by ANTAO, Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China. Image courtesy of World Festival of Architecture

This year, internationally renowned offices are on stage, including Foster + Partners, 3XN, Zaha Hadid Architects, Studio Gang, Nikken Sekkei, Mecanoo and White Arkitekter. At the same time, many smaller firms are also there to pitch live against the big names. For the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic, the 2022 World Festival of Architecture returns as an in-person event to Lisbon, Portugal from November 30 to 2n/a of December.

The full list of nominees for this year’s completed buildings, future and landscaping awards can be viewed here.

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Victorian Pride Center by BAU Brearley Architects+Urbanists and GAA Grant Amon Architects, Melbourne, Australia. Image © John Gollings

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