A staggering array of architecture and design practices from 46 countries are competing to win a coveted 2015 World Festival of Architecture Award later this year
The eighth annual World Architecture Festival (WAF) shortlist consists of 338 projects across 31 categories, ranging from small family homes to large commercial developments and landscape projects. Major world architects shortlisted include Foster & Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, Herzog & de Meuron, OMA/Ole Scheeren, Rogers Stirk Harbour, Rafael Viñoly Architects, BIG|Bjarke Ingels Group, Grimshaw, Heatherwick Studio and Carlos Ott.
A host of small practices unknown outside their own countries will also pitch against the big names, presenting the shortlisted work to a 50-strong global awards jury. From small projects making a local contribution, such as a school in Burkina Faso designed for the architectural charity Article 25, through to large scale Olympic stadia transformations by US sports giant Populous, all manner of architectural interventions are celebrated.
Regardless of their practice size and reputation, all shortlisted entrants will this year gain double exposure, having their projects exhibited across two continents. The shortlist can first be seen this week at the new satellite WAF London from 24-27 June, before arriving at the annual World Architecture Festival 2015 in Singapore this November. All shortlisted practices will be vying to win not only their individual categories, but the ultimate accolade of 'World Building of the Year 2015'.
Running concurrently with WAF, Inside comprises of the most original and exciting interiors from the last 12 months.
"We are delighted with the diversity and exemplar quality of submissions this year. Our international juries are in for a tough time deliberating on the category winners. We look forward to another inspirational event in Singapore this November," says WAF programme director Paul Finch.