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WAF 2011: ‘super-jury’ announced

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The World Architecture Festival has unveiled its ‘super-jury’ for this year’s World Building of the Year award

The judges are 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.

The WAF ‘super-jury’ will preside over the global architecture event’s awards ceremony in Barcelona later this year.

Paul Finch, WAF Programme Director, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome five valued and experienced members from the design community to form the super-jury at WAF and look forward to seeing the exceptional projects that they will be judging.’

‘WAF is a truly international event. It is a unique meeting point for the architectural community to showcase projects, hear inspirational speakers and compete for a WAF Award.

It brings together influential designers and provides an important showcase of what’s going on in the world of architecture, inspiring architects to think in new ways, not just about buildings, but about collaboration with clients other professionals.’

Now in its fourth year, the event is attended by more than 5,000 international delegates, featuring seminars, exhibitions, keynote addresses and a student competition.

The 2011 prizes are awarded in three sections: completed buildings, structural design, and future projects. Each section includes up to 16 categories.

This year’s WAF will take place from 2 to 4 November. The festival programme will focus on ‘difference’, exploring how architects have responded to political, cultural, ethnic, gender, social and economic differences across the world.

Click here to see last year’s winners.

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