10 May 2012
by Pete Collard
The World Architecture Festival (WAF) is returning for its fifth year and will run from 3rd to 5th October 2012 in a new location - Singapore.The Festival will be held at the Marina Bay Sands resort, designed by Moshe Safdie, itself a WAF Award winner in 2010.
The Festival will include an extensive programme of presentations, seminars, exhibitions, and keynote addresses from participants around the world, with theWAF Awards, again being a focal point of the programme. The Festival jury comprises a selection of leading architects and designers, who will decide which projects will be rewarded with a WAF yellow W trophy. The jury this year includes Ben van Berkel, UNStudio; Juergen Mayer H., J. Mayer H Architecture Design Research; Mok Wei Wei, W Architects; Kongjian Yu, Turenscape; Marcio Kogan, Studio MK27; Kerry Hill, Kerry Hill Architects; Tang Guan Bee, Tangguanbee Architects; Edouard Francois, Maison d'Architecture Edouard Francois; Ivan Harbour, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners; Ole Scheeren, Buro Ole Scheeren; Richard Hassell and Wong Mun Summ, WOHA and Sanjay Puri, Sanjay Puri Architects.
Paul Finch, WAF Programme Director said: “Since our inaugural Festival in 2008, WAF has evolved into a truly global event, annually attracting thousands of architects and designers from across the world. Following four fantastic years in Barcelona we feel the time is right to move the Festival to a new location, and where better to celebrate our fifth birthday than at Moshe Safdie's award winning Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.The Festival represents an exclusive forum for the architectural community to showcase projects, debate and discuss current trends and learn from some of the world’s most inspirational designers."