This three-day conference event centres around the awards, which are decided following a series of open practical criticisms. The event concludes with a gala dinner where the coveted World Building of the Year prize is announced. This year's event takes place in Lisbon, Portugal.

World Architecture Festival takes place at Feira Internacional de Lisboa, R. do Bojador, 1998-010 Lisboa, Portugal from 2 to 4 December 2020.