World Architecture Festival Announces Finalists for The Architectural Photography Awards 2019

Sense of Place – Aerial view of the Camp Adventure Observation Tower, Gisselfeld Klosters Forest, Denmark. Photography credit: Marco de Groot

A clever reflection of the main hall at the Victoria and Albert Museum and an aerial view of the Camp Adventure Observation Tower in Gisselfeld Klosters Forest, Denmark are among 24 finalists announced this week for The Architectural Photography Awards 2019, supported by the World Architecture Festival (WAF) and sponsored by Sto.

The 24 shortlisted photographs will be exhibited at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Amsterdam, which takes place from 4-6 December 2019. Here, WAF visitors can cast their vote from the chosen finalists in the six main categories. The winners of the people’s choice vote, and those of the pre-judged categories of Mobile and Portfolio, will be revealed at the WAF Gala dinner on Friday 6th December, along with the overall winner. The judging panel includes John McElgunn, Partner at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners; Pawel Paniczko, the overall and portfolio category winner of The Architectural Photography Awards 2018 and Ben van Berkel, Principal Architect of UNStudio and Founder of UNSense.

Held as an annual celebration of the best architectural photography, the awards attracted 2,000 entries from 42 countries, with the highest proportion (29%) from the UK. Four finalists have been shortlisted in each of the four categories of Exteriors, Interiors, Sense of Place and Buildings in Use. In the Portfolio category, judges will assess entries of six photographs relating to one architectural project within the theme of social housing. In the Mobile category for photographs taken on a mobile device, the theme is shelter and there will be two winners – the judges’ choice and a public choice. Public voting for this is open until 12pm Friday 6th December and can be viewed here.

Shortlisted photographs reflect the truly international spread of entries, with finalists including entrants from China, US, Denmark and the UK.

The widely eclectic entries varied from cultural buildings such as The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon, Portugal captured by Inge Schuster, to images of brand new display buildings such as Thomas Heatherwick’s The Vessel. The Twist Museum (designed by Bjarke Ingels Group) within Kistefos Sculpture Park, Jevnaker, Norway also proved popular having been selected as a finalist in the Exterior category and the Sense of Place category.

Interior: The reflection of the main hall in a glass case at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK. Photography credit: Thomas Knowles

While most of the shortlisted images are devoid of inhabitants, a few have combined architectural themes with human interest. Laurian Ghinitoiu’s image, shortlisted in the ‘Buildings in Use’ category, depicts visitors resting on the edges of Skanderbeg Square in Tirana, Albania, whilst Yi-Hsien Lee captures workers congregating on the balconies of an office block in Tokyo, Japan.

Buildings in Use: An office building in Tokyo, Japan. Photography credit: Yi-Hsien Lee

Several highly abstract images including Marco Tagliarino’s detail shot of the façade of Zaha Hadid’s Generali Tower in Milan, Italy contrast with landscape views showing the buildings in the context of their location. These include China Resources Headquarters, Shenzhen, China photographed by Su Zhewei and shortlisted for the ‘Exterior’ category.

The photographer of the overall winning image from the four main categories  will receive a cash prize of $3000. The Portfolio winner receiving $1000 and the two Mobile winners $250 each.

WAF 2019 is a three day festival including awards, conference programme and a celebratory gala dinner.

The full shortlist for The Architectural Photography Awards 2019 can be viewed here.

For further details on the World Architecture Festival please visit:

The Architectural Photography Awards 2019

About The Architecture Photography Awards

Now in its eighth year, The Architectural Photography Awards highlights the expertise of architectural photography and aims to focus on the skill and creativity of the photographer.

About Sto

Sto is an award-winning, high quality renders and external wall insulation systems, developing a reputation for prestige acoustic projects with an exquisite range of acoustic systems.

The 16 shortlisted entries for the main categories are: Exterior

  • Marco Tagliarino – Generali Tower, Milan, Italy, designed by Zaha Hadid
  • Su Zhewei- China Resources Headquarters, Shenzhen, China, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox
  • Laurian Ghinitoiu – The Twist Museum, Kistefos Sculpture Park, Jevnaker, Norway, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group
  • Aurelien Chen – Guardian Art Center, Beijing, China, designed by Büro Ole Scheeren


  • Thomas Knowles – The reflection of the main hall in a glass case at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
  • Joris Hoogstede – Grundtvig’s Church, Copenhagen, Denmark, designed by Peder Jensen-Klint
  • He Zhenhuan – BingDing Wood Kiln Factory in Qiancheng village, China, designed by AZL Architects
  • Vincent Wu – Hill of the Buddha, Makomanai Takino Cemetery Sapporo, Japan, designed by Tadao Ando

Sense of Place

  • Laurian Ghinitoiu – The Twist Museum, Kistefos Sculpture Park, Jevnaker, Norway, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group
  • Inge Schuster – The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon, Portugal, designed by Amanda Levete
  • Ma ChengRong – Housing in Irkutsk, Russia
  • Marco de Groot – Aerial view of the Camp Adventure Observation Tower, Gisselfeld Klosters Forest, Denmark, designed by EFFEKT

Buildings in Use

  • Yi-Hsien Lee – An office building in Tokyo, Japan
  • Mohammad Almuddhi – The Schmela Haus, Dusseldorf, Germany, designed by Aldo van Eyck
  • Laurian Ghinitoiu – Skandenberg Square, Tirana, Albania, designed by 51N4E
  • Joan Muñoz Arango – The Vessel, New Your City, USA, designed by Heatherwick Studio

The judging panel of architectural and photography professionals comprises:

  • Pawel Paniczko, overall and Portfolio category winner of The Architectural Photography Awards 2018
  • John McElgunn, Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
  • Mike Taylor, Principal, Hopkins Architects
  • Ben van Berkel, Principal Architect, UNStudio, Founder, UNSense
  • Murat Tabanlioglu, Founding Partner, Tabanlioglu Architects
  • Ellie Stathaki, Architecture Editor, Wallpaper* magazine
  • Richard Bryant, Hon. FRIBA, architectural photographer
  • Katy Harris, Head of Communications, Foster + Partners

About World Architecture Festival (WAF)

WAF is where the world architecture community meets to celebrate, learn, exchange and be inspired. WAF is the world’s largest annual, international, live architectural event. It includes the biggest international architectural awards programme in the world, dedicated to celebrating excellence via live presentations to an audience of high-profile delegates and international juries. The 2019 World Architecture Festival (WAF) comprises: – A thematic conference programme (this year based on the theme ‘flow’)- Electronic gallery of all Award entries- Exhibition area- Live judging of finalists’ projects- Architectural tour programme- Networking and social events including partner fringe events- Gala Awards Dinner INSIDE World Festival of Interiors runs alongside WAF, with its own awards and conference programme.  Delegates have access to both events. WAF and INSIDE are organised by EMAP, publishers of The Architectural Review and The Architects’ Journal.

Entry information:

Shortlisted entrants will compete for category prizes on the first two days of the three-day Festival, which will take place in Amsterdam on the 4th, 5th and 6th December 2019. On the final day, category winners will present again to ‘super-juries’ of experienced and respected judges, who will decide on the World Building of the Year, Future Project and Completed Building of the Year Awards.

WAF Award categories:

  • Civic – Future Projects
  • Commercial Mixed-Use – Future Projects
  • Competition Entries – Future Projects
  • Culture – Future Projects
  • Education – Future Projects
  • Experimental – Future Projects
  • Health – Future Projects
  • House – Future Projects
  • Infrastructure – Future Projects
  • Leisure-led Development – Future Projects
  • Masterplanning Future – Future Projects
  • Office – Future Projects
  • Residential – Future Projects
  • Civic and Community – Completed Building
  • Culture – Completed Buildings
  • Display – Completed Buildings
  • Health – Completed Buildings
  • Higher Education & Research – Completed Buildings
  • Hotel & Leisure – Completed Buildings
  • House – Completed Buildings
  • Housing – Completed Buildings
  • Mixed-use – Completed Buildings
  • New & Old – Completed Buildings
  • Office – Completed Buildings
  • Production, Energy & Recycling – Completed Buildings
  • Religion – Completed Buildings
  • School – Completed Buildings
  • Shopping – Completed Buildings
  • Sport – Completed Buildings
  • Transport – Completed Buildings
  • Villa – Completed Buildings
  • Landscape – Rural Projects
  • Landscape – Urban Projects


WAF is proud to work with Founder Partner, Grohe, and headline partners ABB Busch-Jaeger and Miele. 


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About INSIDE – World Festival of Interiors

Held in Amsterdam from 4-6 December 2019 alongside World Architecture Festival, INSIDE is where the global design community meets to be inspired by the latest and greatest in global interior design and architecture. Over three days INSIDE shines a spotlight on the people, projects and developments that are changing the face of global interiors. At INSIDE’s heart is a global awards programme, which will be judged by more than 20 distinguished designers and editors from around the world. Finalists that are shortlisted across nine categories will present their project in person to international judging panels. After a hard fought battle, one practice will win the ultimate accolade of World Interior of the Year, which will be presented at a Gala Dinner awards ceremony on the evening of Friday 6th December at Beurs van Berlage.

Award categories:

  • Bars and Restaurants
  • Civic, Culture and Transport
  • Creative Re-use
  • Display
  • Health and Education
  • Hotels
  • Offices
  • Residential
  • Retail

Headline partners: INSIDE is proud to work with headline partners ABB, Busch-Jaeger and Miele.