World Architecture Festival and Inside World Festival of Interiors 2023 extend their global awards entry deadline

19 May 2023

Due to exceptional demand, the World Architecture Festival and Inside World Festival of Interiors have extended the deadline for entries to the prestigious awards until Friday, May 26, 2023.

Due to exceptional demand, the World Architecture Festival and Inside World Festival of Interiors have extended the deadline for entries to the prestigious awards until Friday, May 26, 2023.

Now in its 16th year, the awards program, which is the largest live event of its type in the world, is open for entries in 44 categories across architecture and interiors. All shortlisted practices will present their proposals live at the festival in Singapore, from November 29th to December 1st, in front of festival delegates and esteemed judging panels. This year’s super jury includes Albert Williamson-Taylor, AKT II; Ingrid van der Heijden, Civic architects; Issa Diabaté, Koffi & Diabate; Sonali Rastogi, Morphogenesis; Tracy Meller, RSHP, and Vicente Guallart, Guallart Architects.

Photo credit: WAF

Alongside the World Architecture Festival sits its sister awards program, Inside World Festival of Interiors. Inside is a feast of creativity, inspiration, and knowledge for the interior industry. Comprising the most original and exciting interiors from the last 12 months, projects can be entered across eleven diverse categories.

Quay Quarter Tower in Sydney, Australia, was declared the World Building of the Year in 2022. Pingtan Children Library, by Condition_Lab, was named World Interior of the Year 2022, Dream Pathway, designed by CAATStudio (Kamboozia Architecture and Design Studio), won Future Project of the Year 2022, and Landscape of the Year 2022 was awarded to SHANCUN Atelier, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University + Anshun Institute of Architectural Design for its project Preservation and Rehabilitation of Rural Landscape of Gaodang: A Buyi Ethnic Minority Group Village in Southwest China.

WAF also presents a series of prizes which are awarded to projects that enter the main WAF awards, for no additional fee. The prizes cover Futureglass, supported by Aestech, Best Use of Natural Light, supported by VELUX, International Building Beauty, supported by Royal Fine Art Commission Trust, and Ballymore, Visualisation, supported by Lumion, Student Charrette, supported by Broadway Malyan, Small Projects, Engineering, Best Use of Colour, Best Use of Certified Timber, Photography, and drawing.

The WAFX awards, launched in 2017 to mark the 10th anniversary of the festival, will continue to be presented to future projects that embrace cutting-edge design addressing major world issues, tackling the climate emergency to building community resilience.

Architects and designers can submit their completed buildings, future projects, and landscape and interior designs by Friday, May 26, 2023, and entrants can take advantage of a 15% discount on the entry fee when submitting three or more projects.

This year, for the first time since 2015, WAF and Inside will return to Singapore, and the events will take place at Marina Bay Sands from November 29th to December 1st.

About World Architecture Festival (WAF) and Inside World Festival of Interiors

World Architecture Festival (WAF) is where the world architecture community meets to celebrate, learn, exchange, and be inspired.

WAF is the world’s largest annual, international, live architectural event. It includes the largest live architectural awards program in the world, dedicated to celebrating excellence via live presentations to an audience of high-profile delegates and international juries.

World Architecture Festival comprises of:

  • A thematic conference program 
  • Live judging of finalists' projects
  • Gallery of all award entries
  • Exhibition area
  • Networking and social events including partner fringe events
  • Gala dinner announcing the overall winners

Inside World Festival of Interiors runs alongside WAF, with its own awards and conference program. Delegates have access to both events.

WAF and Inside are organized by EMAP, publishers of The Architectural Review and Architects’ Journal.

Founder Partner

GROHE is a leading global brand for complete bathroom solutions and kitchen fittings. Since 2014, GROHE has been part of the strong brand portfolio of LIXIL, a manufacturer of pioneering water and housing products. To offer "Pure Freude a Wasser", every product is based on the brand values of quality, technology, design, and sustainability. Focused on customer needs, GROHE creates life-enhancing and sustainable product solutions that offer added value for consumers and create outstanding water experiences in projects all around the world.

As the founder and sponsor of the World Architecture Festival, GROHE is proud to support this important event for the 16th consecutive year. The brand is looking forward to welcoming the architect and design community at its booth to share ideas.

Headline Partners

ABB is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation, and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries. ABB technologies help architects to design buildings with a focus on CO2 neutrality, better building performance, and significantly higher living comfort.

Miele is the world's leading manufacturer of premium domestic appliances including cooking, baking, and steam-cooking appliances, refrigeration products, coffee makers, dishwashers, and laundry and floor care products. This line-up is augmented by dishwashers, washing machines, and tumble dryers for commercial use, as well as washer-disinfectors and sterilizers for use in medical and laboratory applications (Miele Professional).

The Miele company, founded in 1899, has eight production plants in Germany, as well as one plant each in Austria, the Czech Republic, China, Romania, and Poland. These are joined by two plants belonging to Miele's Italian medical technology subsidiary Steelco. Sales in the 2020 business year amounted to approximately €4.5 bn, with a share of business outside Germany of approximately 71%. Miele is represented by its own sales subsidiaries, as well as via importers in almost 100 countries/regions.

Throughout the world, the family-run enterprise, now in its fourth generation, employs a workforce of around 21,000, whereof 11,050 are employed in Germany. The company is headquartered in Gütersloh, in Westphalia.