Fringe Events Program Announced for World Architecture Festival 2018 in Amsterdam

With just a few weeks to go before the opening of the World Architecture Festival (28-30 November), architects visiting the event in Amsterdam can look forward to a lively programme of associated fringe activities.

The fringe events will supplement the core WAF awards and talks programme, which this year is themed on the subject of identity. Visitors will have the opportunity to make new contacts as they enjoy a range of activities including architectural tours, an architecture-themed film festival and street takeover.

Highlights of the WAF fringe activities include:

• WAF Welcome Reception – All are welcome to attend this celebratory opening bash, which takes place on 27 November on the eve of the core WAF programme. Festivities kick off at 7pm in the Boast House, Strandzuid within the Amsterdam RAI.

• WAF Street Takeover – WAF 2018 is taking over Reguliersdwarsstraat (between Koningsplein – Vijzelstraat) for a night of festivities on 28 November. The street will be divided into two restaurant zones at either end with a network/party area in the middle. Visitors will receive special discounts in several bars and restaurants throughout the area.

• Architect Tours – Visitors can enjoy Amsterdam’s distinctive architectural identity from its magnificent historic heritage to the latest contemporary buildings. The bespoke five-day tour programme includes boat excursions as well as bus tours of the central waterfront, the Eastern and Western Docklands, and the Amsterdam School of architecture.

• Architecture Film Festival – WAF is presenting the four winning entries from the 2017 ArchFilmFest international film competition, which received more than 150 entries from around the world.  The category winning films for Documentary Feature, Fiction Short, Experimental Short and “From Above” will be shown on 30 November from 10am in Crit Room 14. The bi-annual festival was founded in 2015 by architect Charlotte Skene Catling, and designer and producer Manuel Toledo Otaegui. 

WAF’s sister event, INSIDE World Festival of Interiors, will run alongside the architectural festival, showcasing 2018’s most innovative interiors projects from more than 500 award finalists. Together, the events will welcome more than 2000 delegates to the city from 28-30 November. For more details on how to attend the World Architecture Festival, please visit

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 2018 World Architecture Festival (WAF) comprises:

– A thematic conference programme (this year based on the theme ‘Identity’)

– 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 28, 29 and 30 November 2018. 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
  • Landscape – Rural Projects
  • Landscape – Urban Projects


GROHE is the world’s leading provider of sanitary fittings and has a total of over 6,000 employees, 2,400 of which are based in Germany. GROHE has been part of the LIXIL Group Corporation since 2014.  As an international brand, GROHE pursues the brand values of technology, quality, design and sustainability, seeking to offer the “Pure joy of water”.  GROHE has been developing new product categories since its inception.  This includes the GROHE Blue and Red water systems and the recently introduced GROHE Sense water security system, which is an innovative component in the growth market of smart home technology.  Innovation, design and development are closely aligned with one another and are enshrined in the German site as an integrated process.  As a result, GROHE products carry the seal of quality “Made in Germany”.  In the past ten years along, more than 300 design and innovation awards as well as several top rankings in the German Sustainability Awards have confirmed GROHE’s success.  GROHE was the first in its industry to win the German government’s CSR prize and was also featured in the renowned Fortune® magazine’s ranking of Top 50 that are “Changing the World”.


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