About the awards

The WAN AWARDS Colour in Architecture category is a major international competition that celebrates and promotes the best in architecture that benefits from using colour as a part of the scheme, attracting entries from all over the world and providing a global platform to showcase your designs.


The competition is open to all projects completed and unbuilt, that have used colour as an integral part of the scheme. For the completed projects, they must have been completed on or after 1 January 2006. There is no date restriction on the 'unbuilt' category, and you may enter any design for the above typology, whether your design is under construction or concept design only. Please note that this category excludes interior design-only projects.

Judging criteria

The jury 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 has addressed the key elements of the client brief. 2. Specific examples of how your building has: evolved its specific building type, used colour and / or materials to enhance the user experience or integrate with its context and / or community.


The WAN AWARDS received over 840 entries last year, making it the largest international architectural 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 Colour in Architecture that will run during the awards to generate even more exposure for participants. Each week, our editorial team will choose one project from the pool of entries to be our 'Colour in Architecture Project 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.

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, and 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 25 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 25, 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 - 200 - 300 words (approx.)

1 main image@ 385 pixels wide

1 larger version of the main image @ 1000 pixels wide

Up to 5 additional images @ 1000 pixels wide

Text summary - Include information about how your design addresses the judging criteria above. The completion date must be properly declared.

Images - If submitting your entry online, you can upload your images using the upload form 'Backstage'. Submissions by email should be sent to: elena.collins@wantoday.com

Please send images in jpeg format, text summary as Word doc or Adobe pdf. 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 the WAN AWARDS Colour in Architecture is 31 OCTOBER 11.


The entrance fee is £350 GBP but an early registration price of £295 GBP/$0 USD/$0 AUD/$0 CAD/ 0 EURO is available for entries made before 30 September 2011.

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 Colour in Architecture sector 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 you to the 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

DEADLINE: 31 October 11