About the awards

The WAN AWARDS Healthcare Sector is a major international competition, and the second of our 6 bi-monthly 'Excellence in Design' series by sector for 2012. There are two categories:

1. Completed Projects

2. Unbuilt / Design-Only Projects


For the 'completed' category, if you have designed a Healthcare building whether a hospital, surgery, medical centre or other healthcare facility 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 Healthcare Sector 2012.

If you have a design for a healthcare building 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 Healthcare Sector 2012.

What's included in this sector?

All types of Healthcare projects can be submitted for the award, including:

-   Outpatient Clinics

-   Surgeries

-   Dental Clinics

-   Psychiatric Facilities

-   Care Homes & Day Care Centres

-   Pharmacies

-   Medical Laboratories

-   Wellness Centres

New for this year

In addition to the overall winners from the 'completed' and 'unbuilt' categories, this year we have introduced Special Commendations certificates for outstanding projects of each specific type, such as ‘best outpatient clinic', 'best hospital' and so on.

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 addressed the key elements of the brief.

2. Specific examples of how your building has enhanced conditions for patients, staff and / or the wider 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 Healthcare 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 'Healthcare 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, 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 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 - 200 - 300 words (approx.)

1 main image@ 385 pixels wide

1 larger version of the main image @ 1000 pixels wide

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:james.forryan@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.

All submissions will be published on the website; you can view an example of how your project will appear on WAN by clicking HERE


The closing date for the Healthcare Sector Awards is 30 APRIL 12.


Project Early Bird registration (15% disc)* Full Entry Fee
Large Schemes
5,000 sqm / 5,400 sqft and above)
£310 GBP £365 GBP
Small Schemes
(5,000 sqm / 5,400 sqft and under)
£155 GBP £182.50 GBP

*Early Bird discounted rates are only available between 01 March to 31 March 2012.

For projects 5,000 sqm / 54,000 sqft and under, please enter the promotion code HCA050 to get your 50% discount.

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 Healthcare, then click "Submit" - this will re-direct you to the online payment screen.

When the payment is complete, click 'continue' to return to Backstage. You will then have the option to upload your project as a competition entry (another link will appear on the left of the login page.)

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: james.forryan@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.