Entry guide

World Architecture Festival will take place on the 30 November-2 December 2022 at FIL, Lisbon.

Now in its 15th year, WAF is the place where architects meet to share ideas and set the future agenda. The live-judged awards sit at the heart of the festival alongside keynote talks, fringe events and an exhibition.

Why enter the awards?

  • Receive unparalleled exposure in the global media. Finalists are featured in 700+ articles
  • Gain invaluable insight from our world-renowned judges. 
  • Showcase and celebrate your work on a global stage
  • Permanently archive your project on the brand-new worldbuildingsdirectory.com, even if you are not shortlisted • Benefit from our network of media partners including ArchDaily, Designboom and Architects’ Journal
  • Enter one of WAF’s many dedicated prizes at no additional cost, increasing your chances of winning 
  • Feature in a dedicated finalist catalogue distributed to The Architectural Review subscribers
  • Join WAF’s ever growing community to form partnerships with other architects and meet potential clients
  • Feature in WAF’s films, podcast and building studies distributed to a database of 130,000
  • Receive a V2com gift certificate for a press kit distribution worth $1525
  • Share ideas and learn from your international peers

Awards categories

Completed buildings

• Civic and community • Culture • Display • Health • Higher education and research • Hotel and leisure • House • Housing • Mixed-use • New and old • Office • Production, energy and recycling • Religion • Education • Shopping • Sport • Transport • Villa

Completed buildings must have been completed within 1st of January 2021 and 30th of June 2022

Future projects

• Civic • Commercial mixed-use • Competition entries • Culture • Education • Experimental • Health • House • Infrastructure • Leisure-led development • Masterplanning • Office • Residential


• Rural • Urban

World Festival of Interiors: INSIDE – WAF’s sister awards taking place at the same time and place!

• Bars & Restaurants • Education • Health and Fitness • Hotels • Public Buildings • Residential – single dwelling • Residential – housing, more than one dwelling • Retail • Temporary/ Meanwhile uses • Workplace – large • Workplace - small

Interior projects must have been completed within 1st of January 2021 and 30th of June 2022

How to enter?

  1. Choose the category for WAF and/or INSIDE that you wish to enter.
  2. Create your account or log in
  3. Tell us the details of your project, provide a project description and upload images and plans to support your entry.
  4. Upload the artwork for your entry boards that will be used by the judges to make their shortlisting decisions and be displayed at the festival. We will print your entry boards.
  5. You can save and come back to your entry at any stage. Once you have paid your entry fee online your entry is completed.

Key dates

Entries open March - June

11 July Shortlist announced

15 July Last day for finalists to buy festival passes at a discounted rate

30 Nov - 2 December World Architecture Festival takes place in Lisbon and category judging commences

2 December Final rounds of judging take place and the overall winners are announced

The judging process

➊ Entries open March - June 2022

➋ 17 June Shortlist decided Leading architects and industry professionals gather to look at the entry boards and decide on a shortlist.

➌ 11  July Shortlist is announced All finalists will be published on the WAF and INSIDE website, international press and WAF’s renowned media partners.

➍ 30 Nov -2 December Live category judging at WAF All finalists must purchase two delegate passes to allow them to present to a panel of three category judges followed by 10 minutes of Q&A with the jury. Judging takes place in a ‘crit’ room open to all delegates. Category winners are announced at the end of each day.

➎ 2 December Live judging for overall winners Each category winner presents again for the Completed Building, Future Project, Landscape or World Interior of the Year Super-Jury.

 2 December The final winners are revealed The World Building, Future Project, Landscape and Interior of the Year winners are announced at the end of the day. Winners have been meticulously weighed over three rounds of peer-review judging.



WAF early bird rate (ends 8 April) : £795 +VAT where applicable

WAF standard rate: £875 +VAT where applicable

INSIDE standard rate: £645 +VAT where applicable

INSIDE standard rate: £725 +VAT where applicable

Enter three or more and receive a 15% discount. Use the code MULTIENTRY15 at the checkout.


Delegate passes start from £999 +VAT All finalists must purchase two tickets to attend and present at the festival

Contact us

Daiana Cheruse

Regional Account Manager - Australia/New Zealand |India | Middle East | LATAM
+44 (0)20 3953 2056
Annabell Pike 
Regional Account Manager - Europe | Turkey | USA/Canada
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Bernadette Vitug
Regional Account Manager - Africa | Asia 
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