Global challenges, post-covid trends and how to write a perfect awards entry

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01 Mar 2021

Justin Lau and Maggie Mullan join the World Build Podcast to talk about the global challenges architects and interior designers are facing due to Covid-19, the trends they expect to see in the next five years and what they would like to see, as judges, in this year’s WIN Awards and WAN Awards

Maggie set up her own practice six years ago and works with a wide ranging client base including universities, churches and charitable organisations and was the first Female President of Liverpool’s Architectural Society.

She’s recently been working with LIPA, Liverpool’s Institute for Performing Arts, on a £3.6m project in the city’s Georgian quarter.  The work involved masterplanning the historic estate, creating new spaces to future proof it use and support the delivery of new specialist courses. 

Born in Hong Kong and educated in the UK, Justin C.K. Lau is a UK registered architect. He has lectured at a number of architectural institutes, including Bartlett School of Architecture, University of London, Royal College of Art, Oxford Brookes University, and Ecole Speciale School of Architecture in Paris. Many academic research projects under Justin's supervision have received international recognition. Justin is a RIBA International validation board member and a regular design review panel for the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. 

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All the information about how to enter the 2021 WAN Awards is here.  

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Last year more than 40 countries took part in the WAN Awards with strong showings from Europe, the Americas and Asia-Pacific. And we saw some truly outstanding interior designs, take a look at the winners from last year here.

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