Competitions and awards have always been an intrinsic element of winning new work for architects, but now,
under the present economic cloud, it has become ever more important. 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.
WAN has driven architectural news into the 21st century and now with these awards, we are seeking to
break the traditional mould of an annual award with a lavish dinner at the end. Whilst this format can work well
at a national level, it is unpractical and unsustainable on a global scale. Taking a fresh approach, the WAN
Awards are run on bi-monthly rolling programme by sector culminating in an EXPO early in the next year
hosted in a capital city, this will move around the world year by year. A summit is held at the EXPO city where
a selection of prominent judges discuss the entries in the backdrop of the local architecture. The video is
broadcast around the world through the WAN network providing the highest exposure for the participants with
the smallest carbon footprint.