Buildings that make a difference

Monday 20 Aug 2012

Architecture which can enhance the way we live can now enter the Effectiveness Award

After two successful years of running the Effectiveness Award in partnership with Buro Happold, we are on the search once again for architecture that has made a difference.

Setting the aesthetics of design aside for a moment, the Effectiveness Award revolves around showcasing examples of how architecture can enhance the way we live. Our passion lies in honouring the effectiveness of building design and we want to hear from you if you have designed a building that you think has produced a positive impact on society.

For example, you may have designed a school that has reduced its truancy rate or incidents of playground violence, perhaps an office layout that increased staff productivity or even a new healthcare project that has improved wellbeing. In short, if you or your practice has designed a building that has significantly enhanced lives, then you are eligible for the Effectiveness Award.

Last year, architects from all over the world submitted projects for the award, highlighting how their buildings have improved life both within the building and in the wider community. Last year's winner was the Vancouver Convention Centre West designed by LMN Architects, praised for its advanced sustainability features. Mark Reddington, partner at the firm described how he felt about winning: "We are honoured to be associated with this important award... we are advocates for this holistic approach for the future of our cities and our planet and applaud WAN for articulating this ideas on the worldwide stage."

In addition, outstanding submissions to the WAN AWARDS this year will automatically be entered for the ECOWAN AWARD. If your work demonstrates strong ECO credentials, it will be included in the long list for the ECOWAN AWARD held at the end of the year.

We are also delighted to announce our fantastic jury panel this year which includes Graham McClements, director of BDP, Christina Seilern founder of Studio Seilern, Peter Gluck founder of Peter Gluck and Partners, and Gavin Thompson, Chairman from Buro Happold.

If your practice has designed a project that has made a difference, tell us about it and we will make sure our 230,000 subscribers get to hear about it. To enter the award please click here.

The closing date is the 31 August 2012. To find out more contact Elena Collins at elena.collins@wantoday.com


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