World Architecture Festival is like ‘Oscars’ for the architecture fraternity where hundreds of finest architecture projects (both completed and future) compete among themselves to come out on top. In all 534 projects from 70 countries have been shortlisted for this year’s event and the shortlisted contenders will have to make presentations to more than 100 international juries in front of festival delegates. Architect Sanjay Puri is one of the architects selected to be on the jury of WAF 2019. Winners under each category will finally compete against each other on the final day of the festival to get selected for World Building of the Year, Future Project of the Year, Interior of the Year and Landscape of the Year. 12th awards programme of WAF 2109, will be held in Amsterdam from 4-6 December 2019. WAF is the only architecture awards programme where all shortlisted architects pitch their projects live.
13 Indian projects have made it to the final list of World Architectural Festival to be held on the 4-6 December at the RAI Amsterdam. Of these 13 projects, four entries are in the Future Projects category while the remaining nine are in Completed Project category. Three of Sanjay Puri and Associates’ – two in Future Projects category and one in Completed Projects category – have made it to the final list. Last year, Puri’s project ‘The Street in Mathura in Uttar Pradesh’ had won WAF18 award under ‘Large Scale Housing – Completed Buildings’ category. Last year too as many as 13 projects had found their way to the final list of WAF.
Bangalore based Shibanee & Kamal Architects (SKA) is another Indian practice which has made strong entry into WAF this year with three projects, all in Completed Projects category. ‘Think Design’, ‘Bhau Institute of Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Leadership’ and ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ are the 3 projects of SKA that have made it to the final list.
Apart from 13 Indian projects, one each from Maldives, Sri Lanka and Nepal also have made it to the final list from Indian sub-continent.
WAF Partners include Founder Partner Grohe and Headline Partners ABB Busch-Jaeger and Miele.