About the awards

The WAN Adaptive Re-use Award is a major international competition which runs alongside our six bi-monthly 'Excellence in Design' sector series, now in its fourth year.


If you have renovated, restored, redeveloped or recycled and building that has been completed during the last three full calendar years (on or after 1 January 2009), or working on a scheme which is currently under construction, you can now enter the WAN Adaptive Re-use Award 2012.

What's included in this category?

Any building that meet the above entry criteria can be entered for the WAN Adaptive Re-use Award 2012. This includes all sectors: Education, Residential, Healthcare, Civic, Commercial, Urban Design and Interiors.

Judging criteria

The jury panel will judge entries on a number of factors including originality, innovation, form and special quality, sustainability and context, but the following two areas will carry the most weighting:
1. How your design addressed the key elements of the brief.
2. Specific examples of how your building has: evolved its specific building type, used design and/or materials to enhance the user experience or integrate with its context and/or community.

Presentation is also of great importance, and judges will be looking for your ability to communicate the 'story' of your building, from the initial concept through to its completion.


The WAN AWARDS received over 1,300 entries last year, making it the largest international architecture awards programme in the world. All entries to the WAN AWARDS are published on the WAN website, which serves over 10 million page impressions each month. A gallery of all entries for each sector will be published in News Review and will feature permanently on the WAN website. The winning projects will be covered in a special News Review feature including a video of the judges' comments.

Selected projects from the pool of entries will be entered into our Featured Projects section in WAN News Review, a weekly focus on Adaptive Re-use buildings that will run during the award to generate even more exposure for participants. Each week, our editorial team will choose one project from the pool of entries to be our 'Adaptive Re-use Building of the Week'. (Please be aware that if your project is chosen for this feature this does not automatically enter you through to the long list of 25 buildings, this is a separate judging process.)

In addition, press releases are sent out to numerous publications and are often picked up by local, national and international media, as well as a variety of industry publications. You will also be provided with a press kit to enable you to promote your achievements for yourselves. Past winners have reported that the WAN AWARDS' high profile and the publicity they received have contributed noticeably to their business success.

Benefits of entering

As we have developed the awards over the years, we have also tailored the news on the site to be sector-specific, which in turn promotes the winning and shortlisted projects of the awards to be pioneers of their sector, selected by the experts and specialists on the prestigious judging panel. The winning entrant receives an award certificate and their project makes headline news on WAN. The remaining five from the shortlist and any other schemes that the judges deem suitable will be listed as 'commended'.

The winning and shortlisted entrants all receive dedicated press kits and their projects will be featured in a special edition of News Review which reaches over 200,000 property developers, architects, consultants and organisations in 210 countries.

Press Kits

Winning and shortlisted entrants are provided with a press kit to enable them to promote their achievements; included in the kit is a prepared press release, a press contact list for national and international media and industry publications, a nd a 'WAN Winner' jpeg footer for emails and websites. Past winners have reported that the WAN AWARDS' high profile and the publicity they received have contributed noticeably to their business success.

The competition stages

A long list of twenty-five entries will initially be selected after the closing date. Further details of these projects will then be requested, including plans, sections, elevations and more technical information. From the twenty-five, a shortlist of six will be selected before an overall winner is chosen.

Submission format & guidelines

The format for the initial submission is as follows:
Text summary - 400 words (approx.)
1 main image at 385 pixels wide
1 larger version of the main image at 1000 pixels wide
5 additional images at 1000 pixels wide
All images must be 72 dpi.
Text summary - Include information about how your design addresses the judging criteria above. The completion date must be properly declared.
Please make sure that the text summary is written in the 3rd Person.
Images - if submitting your entry online, you can upload the small version of the main image, the larger version and 5 additional images using the upload form in 'Backstage'. Or you can send all the materials to: elena.collins@wantoday.com
Please send images in jpeg format and text summary as a Word doc.
Where possible please send text summary as continuous text, not bullet points etc.
You can view an example of how your project will appear on WAN by clicking HERE


The closing date for Adaptive Re-use is 31 OCTOBER 12


The entrance fee is £365 but an early registration price of £310 GBP/$491.85 USD/$455.74 AUD/$489.13 CAD/ 365.15 EURO is available for entries made before 30 September 2012.

How to enter:

You are invited to submit your entry online - you can do this via the 'Visit Backstage' button on the WAN homepage: www.worldarchitecturenews.com

If you are already registered you will be able to click 'login' and use your existing registration code and password.

If you are registering for the first time you will need to click the 'register' button and complete the registration form. You will then be sent a registration code and password by email, which you can use to log in to 'Backstage'. (Please check your spam folder if you do not receive this immediately.)

Once logged in, you can submit your entry using the 'Purchase Award Credits' link on the left side of the login page - use the drop-down menus to select the Adaptive Re-use category and number of projects you wish to enter, then click 'Submit' - check your billing details are correct, then click 'Continue' - this will take you to a secure page. Click 'Proceed' and enter your card details, then click 'Confirm Order', then 'Authorise'. Once payment is complete, click 'Continue' to return to your login page. You will now have a new 'upload' link which you can use to upload your project as a competition entry.

Alternatively, if you prefer, you can submit your project by email and send payment by cheque or bank transfer. We will send you an invoice with all the details you need to make payment.

Please email submissions and direct any questions or problems regarding entries / registration to elena.collins@wantoday.com

Please make cheques payable to WAN and send to the address below:

World Architecture News
Accounts dept.
The Media Centre
22 The Steyne
Brighton BN1 1EL
United Kingdom

UK entries please add VAT.