About the awards
The WAN AWARDS Commercial Sector is a major international competition, and the fifth of our 6 bi-monthly 'Excellence in Design' series by sector for 2012. There are two categories:
2.Unbuilt / Design-Only Projects
The Commercial Sector covers all retail, leisure, hospitality and other commercial projects. For the 'completed' category, if you have designed a building of one of these types, whether an office building, shopping mall, bank, retail outlet or any other commercial project that has been completed during the last three full calendar years, (on or after January 1st 2009), you can now enter for the WAN AWARDS Commercial Sector 2012.
If you have a design for a commercial project that is yet to be built - even if it may never be built - you can now enter your project into the 'unbuilt' category for the WAN AWARDS Commercial Sector 2012
What's included in this sector?
Any commercial projects that meet the above entry criteria can be entered for the WAN AWARDS 2012 Commercial Sector. This includes all offices, retail outlets, shopping malls, leisure facilities, theme parks, banks, cinemas, cafes / restaurants and other commercial projects.
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 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.
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 commercial projects 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 '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. 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.
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 25 entries will initially be selected after the closing date, further details of the project: plans, sections, elevations and more technical information will then be requested from these entrants. From the 25, a shortlist of six will be selected before an overall winner is chosen. The winning entry will receive a framed award certificate. The remaining five from the shortlist and any other schemes that the judges deem suitable will be listed as "commended". The winning and shortlisted entries will be featured in a special edition of News Review which reaches over 145,000 property developers, architects, consultants and organisations in 210 countries.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Commercial Sector is 31 OCTOBER 12.
The entrance fee is £ 365 but an early registration price of £ 310 GBP is available for entries made before 30th 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 Commercial sector, 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 you 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 email@example.com
Please make cheques payable to WAN and send to the address below:
World Architecture News
The Media Centre
22 The Steyne
Brighton BN1 1EL
UK entries please add VAT
DEADLINE: 31 OCTOBER 12