Competitions and awards have always been an important element of winning new work for architects, but increasingly and especially in light of the present economic cloud, a new element has grown in importance. Effectiveness.
It is a given that a building must be delivered on spec, on time and on budget, but the success of the architect is more than delivery and it's not just about form or beauty.
This new award will provide additional exposure for architects who have delivered that extra added value to their clients.
A building's true effectiveness is judged by many performance measurements sometimes many years after it has been completed.
Has the design impacted on the core functionality and purpose of the building? For instance has a new building helped the school increase its academic ranking? Has an office refurb. increased productivity? Or has a new retail outlets design and configuration increased sales?
But its more than this...a buildings effect can also be measured by how it has contributed to its local economy, has the building become a catalyst for further renewal and regeneration? How about the buildings sustainability performance? Or technological innovation, was a new technique trialled on the building and since been used elsewhere?
All these questions and more are being levelled at the buildings we create and the developments we contribute to but until now no-one has celebrated the schemes that have proven to have considered, balanced and delivered against these varied criteria.
We know that the value of an award is determined not only by the quality of the jury panel but also by the number and calibre of participants. Using our exclusive WAN database and contacts around the world, we are able to pull together an unprecedented fusion of high quality architecture and internationally acclaimed judges drawn from both top architectural practices and experts from each sector.
In Partnership with Buro Happold
Buro Happold's 35 years of experience creating some of the most innovative, high performing solutions has undoubtedly transformed our industry's approach to sustainability and our consideration of a buildings success, it is fitting then that Buro Happold have joined as partner to these awards.
The leading International Engineering consultancy Buro Happold have not only given their support to the awards but aligned as they are to delivering only the most effective buildings they have also brought their proven methodology's and analysis tools to the awards.
With 24 offices worldwide and still proudly independent and partner owned, Buro Happold's distinctive culture and ethos is still based on the same principles of care, value and elegance that were established when the practice was founded.
Working with many of the world's most renowned architects and clients Buro Happold is always striving to take engineering excellence to ever higher levels as they challenge convention and find better, more elegant ways to tackle the challenges faced in today's built environment.
Their appreciation of a client's social, political and economic issues and of architectural and aesthetic qualities makes Buro Happold the ideal partner for WAN's Architectural Effectiveness Awards.