The Awards has five categories:

  • Private offices
  • Multiple-occupancy offices
  • Commercial use buildings, including banks and call-centers
  • Studios and galleries
  • Factories and warehouses.


Architects, designers developers, contractors, clients and associated organisations on behalf of architects and designers from around the world are all invited to compete. The condition for taking part is that projects entered have been completed on or after 1st January 2009. There is no limit on the number of projects that can be submitted. Projects can also be submitted in more than one category where relevant. Judging will take place the week commencing 5 November 2012 in London. Shortlisted and winning entrants will be notified and announced week commencing 19 November 2012.

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.

How your design addressed the key elements of the client brief.

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.

A long list of 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 long list, a shortlist will be selected before an overall winner is chosen.


The closing date for the WAN Workspace Interiors Awards is 30 SEPTEMBER 12.


The entrance fee is £350 but an early registration price of £295 GBP/$457 USD/$448 AUD/$466 CAD/ 372 EUR is available for entries made before 15 August 2012.

Submission format & guidelines

The format for the initial submission is as follows:
Text summary - 200 - 300 words (approx.)
Include information about how your design addresses the judging criteria above.
The completion date must be properly declared.
1 main image@ 385 pixels wide
1 larger version of the main image @ 1000 pixels wide
Up to 5 additional images @ 1000 pixels wide

Online entry

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 Interior Design sector 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 you to the 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 and registration to sarah.roberts@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