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In pictures: World Architecture Festival launched

Architects gathered in Clerkenwell last week to celebrate the official launch of the fourth annual World Architecture Festival

Taking place from 2 to 4 November in Barcelona, the festival is attended by more than 5,000 international delegates and features the world’s largest architectural awards programme.

Guests at the party – which took place in Figueras’ new UK showroom – included Niall Mclaughlin, Alex Ely, Tom Dyckhoff and Owen Luder.

To celebrate the occasion the evening’s hosts raffled off a free trip to Barcelona, while architects attending sampled Spanish wine and Iberian ham in the company of WAF programme director Paul Finch.

Entries are now being accepted to the award programme which features the World Building of the Year prize. The deadline is 30 June.

The competition ‘super-jury’ features Michael Sorkin of New York-based Michael Sorkin Studio, Ben van Berkel of Rotterdam-based UNStudio, Jo Noero of Noero Wolff Architects in Cape Town, Odile Decq of Paris’ ODBC and Kongjian Yu from Turenscape in Beijing.

This year’s festival programme will focus on ‘difference’, exploring how architects have responded to political, cultural, ethnic, gender, social and economic differences across the world.

To enter the awards go to:



The Awards are divided into three main sections: Completed Buildings, Structural Design, and Future Projects (for designs in progress). Each section includes up to 15 categories in order to maximise the opportunity to enter. In the Completed Buildings section, a variety of project categories such as Learning, Culture and Office allows a wide range of projects to be eligible for entry. The Structural Design Section covers a variety of materials used such as Glass, Timber and Masonry, whilst the Future Projects section encourages an assortment of pipeline plans to be entered, such as Masterplanning, Commercial and Landscape. There are a total of 30 awards to be won.

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