About the awards

The WAN Interiors + Design Retail Interiors Awards 2011 is a major international competition, which runs alongside our four bi-monthly INTERIOR AWARDS sector series, now in its second year.


Architects and designers from around the world are invited to compete. The condition for taking part is that the retail projects entered have been completed during the last three full calendar years, (on or after January 1st 2008).

What's included in this sector?

Retail projects that meet the above entry criteria can be entered for the WAN Interiors + Design Retail Interiors Awards 2011. This includes:

Convenience Store

Small grocery stores predominantly selling convenience items, including snack foods and sandwiches.

Supermarket/Grocery Store

Any store that merchandises and sells a variety of food and beverage types. May include some prepared food sections as one of many departments.

Specialty Food Retailer

Any store that merchandises and sells specialty food or beverages as its main product including food retailers that offer food and drink bars as an added service.

Service Retailer

Any establishment that sells a service rather than a product, such as banks, brokerages, financial services, hair salons, spas, business service centres and travel agencies.

Pop-up Store

Any retail environment that sells merchandise or services in a temporary installation of three months or less. This may include tented spaces, moving vehicles, barges and other mobile retail, as well as seasonal and special promotional events held in retail or non-retail buildings.

Department Store (New or Remodelled)

A traditional department store with several distinctive areas devoted to various product classifications or brands, which might include apparel, cosmetics, home goods, linens, electronics, etc.

Specialty Store (New or Remodelled)

A store specializing in one or more product lines.

Judging criteria

The Awards will be judged in the two categories; Retail Interior projects less than 200 sq m will be judged separately to those greater than 200 sq m.

Principal criteria for judging:

· excellence in design
· originality in the use of space and materials
· quality in executing the total concept

Presentation is also of great importance, and judges will be looking for your ability to communicate the 'story' of your interior, from the initial concept through to its completion.


The WAN AWARDS received over 840 entries last year, making it the largest international architecture awards programme in the world. All entries to the WAN INTERIORS AWARDS are published on the WAN INTERIORS website, which serves over 10 million page impressions each month. A gallery of all entries for each sector or specialist area will be published in News Review and will feature permanently on the WAN website. The winning projects will be covered in a special INSIDE feature including a video of the judges' comments.

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 AWARD'S high profile and the publicity they received have contributed noticeably to their business success.

The competition stages

A long list of approximately 25 entries will initially be selected after the closing date, and 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.

Projects that are not shortlisted but recognised by the judges as worthy of note will be listed as 'commended'. The winning and shortlisted entries will be featured in a special edition of INSIDE which reaches over 200,000 property developers, architects, consultants and organisations in 120 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

3 additional images @ 1000 pixels wide

Text summary - Include information about how your design addresses the judging criteria above. The size and 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: interiors@wantoday.com

Please send images in jpeg format and text summary as a 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 waninteriors.com by clicking HERE


The closing date for the WAN Retail Interiors Awards 2011 is 30 SEPTEMBER 11.


The entrance fee is £350 but an early registration price of £295 GBP/$0 USD/$0 AUD/$0 CAD/ 0 EURO available for entries made before 31st August 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 Retail 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 your 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 rachel.cruz@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