World Architecture Festival 2012: Universita
Luigi Bocconi by Grafton Architects

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World Architecture Festival 2012: in our second movie celebrating this year's World Architecture Festival in Singapore from 3-5 October, WAF programme director Paul Finch explains why the super-jury headed by architect Robert Stern selected the Universita Luigi Bocconi by Grafton Architects as World Building of the Year 2008 in the festival's inaugural year.

Universita Luigi Bocconi by Grafton Architects

The winning project, a university faculty building in Milan, beat Opera House Oslo by Norwegian architects Snøhetta (below) to the prize and Finch explains why the Irish architects' building eventually won the super-jury over. See our stories about Universita Luigi Bocconi by Grafton Architects and Opera House Oslo by Snøhetta.

Opera House Oslo by Snøhetta

The first World Architecture Festival was held in Barcelona in 2008 and this year's event in Singapore will be the festival's fifth year.

World Architecture Festival 2012

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Here's some info about WAF:


World Architecture Festival is the world’s largest live architecture festival and awards programme.

Now in its fifth year, the World Architecture Festival has attracted over 8000 attendees to date. 2012 is a landmark year for the Festival, heralding our relocation to the Asian gateway and design hub, Singapore. WAF’s move brings with it unparalleled opportunities for east to meet west and for you to obtain inspiration, develop your global network and plan new exciting projects.

In 2011 over 400 architects from across the globe were shortlisted and battled for a WAF award. The festival saw over 30 international practices become winners of a revered WAF yellow W trophy.

To be at the centre of all WAF has to offer, and that includes global PR, doors opening, new connections and a celebration of your fervour for the power of life changing architecture, you need to enter the projects that you want to shout to the world about. You have less than six weeks to enter, so start yours today.

The World Architecture Festival Awards offers you multiple opportunities to showcase your best work and most exciting ideas to the world, including the most influential names in the design and development community. All you have to do is decide which projects will be representing your practice at the world’s largest, live architectural awards programme and festival.

There are 30 categories to choose from and projects can be completed buildings, future projects, landscape projects, masterplans or interiors. You can enter a project into more than one category (which will of course increase your chances of walking away with that rather handsome WAF award).

With 35 awards and prizes covering 100+ different building types, World Architecture Festival is your opportunity to promote your latest completed building, interior, landscape or masterplan globally.

How to enter the WAF Awards:

Entering the World Architecture Festival awards is easy. All entries must be submitted through our website www.worldarchitecturefestival.com

Just follow these simple steps:

»Open your WAF account or if you have entered WAF previously just log onto your existing account - log in here.
»Choose the section and category that you want to enter - remember you can enter a project into more than one category.
»Tell us what project you are entering
»Pay for your entry
»Create your online entry by adding images for the project, your details, a description and any professional credits - all entries must be completed by 30th June 2012.