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Diary of a WAF judge: Day 2

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I spent Day 2 of WAF battling a world-class head cold and hangover from the award-winners and judges’ dinner and afterparties

I doubt other delegates were in much better shape. The AR party at the Trespa showroom, which went on until it couldn’t go on any longer, was followed by nights out across Barcelona - in my case, some little place around the corner called Circus with a disgruntled lounge singer, who seemed put out by the influx of black-clad architects.

Presentations on Day 2 included Future Projects, in addition to health, housing, shopping and display. With so many UK practices presenting, including Weston Williamson, Guftason Porter (if we can adopt them as Brits), Studio Egret West, Broadway Malyan, Hawkins\Brown, AHMM, John McAslan, Henley Halebrown Rorrison, MAKE, and more, I thought it inevitable that UK plc would take the lion’s share of the prizes.

But not so: only Guftason Porter on Day 2 and Stanton Williams on Day 1 picked up a category win, which means just these two will feature in the WAF Day 3 finals for WAF Building of the Year.

If anything can be gleaned from this UK close-out, it’s that British architects are facing fiercer and fiercer competition from practices overseas.

Who will take the crown on Day 3? The superjury will decide.

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  • Jane Blakeley

    This seems like an exciting event but the UK is faced with the same dilemms as Jersey, Channel Islands - an influx of projects being taken up by off-island architects. One would think a 'ticket' to practice would be an appropriate measure to introduce and that this would come with a fee to practice in an alternative country to their own. In most countries one needs to retake Part 3 to comply, why not the UK? We need also to consider the numbers of architects qualifying i feel as do the veterinary Institute so that in recessionary times this too does not effect workloads. Jane Blakeley/Jane Faulkner Architect RIBA, Jersey

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