Architects celebrated the launch of the World Architecture Festival (WAF) at the Figueras showroom last week
WAF programme director Paul Finch welcomed guests to the Great Sutton Street event and delivered a speech alongside Eva Blanco and José Figueras, president of Figueras International Seating.
A free two-person trip to Barcelona was raffled off with the coveted prize going to Valerie Henry, global workplace sector coordinator at Woods Bagot.
High-profile architects in attendance included AHMM’s Simon Allford, Shane Lincoln from Mossessianand Partners and ECA’s Robin Nicholson.
The fifth annual WAF takes place at the Moshe Safdie-designed Marina Bay Sands resort in Singapore from 3 to 5 October 2012. Entries to the prestigious festival awards are now open.
WAF programme director Paul Finch said: ‘Since our inaugural Festival in 2008, WAF has evolved into a truly global event, annually attracting thousands of architects and designers from across the world. Following four fantastic years in Barcelona we feel the time is right to move the Festival to a new location, and where better to celebrate our fifth birthday than at Moshe Safdie’s award winning Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
‘The Festival represents an exclusive forum for the architectural community to showcase projects, debate and discuss current trends and learn from some of the world’s most inspirational designers.
‘This year’s jury features some of the industry’s leading minds and most-respected thinkers, who are each individually at the very forefront of their respective fields. We’re looking forward to seeing the quality of this panel matched by the creativity and ingenuity of the projects that they will be judging.’
The WAF Awards jury includes: Ben van Berkel of UNStudio, WOHA’s Wong Mun Summ and Ivan Harbour from Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.
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