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The fourth annual World Architecture Festival (WAF) wrapped up in Barcelona on November 4. More than 1,300 people attended this year’s awards ceremony, which capped the three-day event, and got a peek at the 700-plus international projects entered. Seminars and keynote speakers touched on issues of “disaster” and “difference,” including David van der Leer, assistant curator of Architecture and Urban Studies at New York’s Guggenheim Museum, who also led the museum’s team in executing the BMW Guggenheim Lab, a touring project that wrapped up its New York City run in October.

Many of the winners graced the pages of Architectural Record this year, including Marlon Blackwell’s St. Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church in Springdale, Arkansas. Blackwell’s church won the Civic and Community award in the Completed Buildings category. Frank Gehry’s 8 Spruce Street residential tower in New York City, Bjarke Ingel’s 8 House in Copenhagen, and Koji Tsutsui’s InBetween House in Karauizawa, Japan also took home awards.

Below is a complete list of WAF winners.


World Building of the Year
Media-TIC, Barcelona
Cloud 9, Spain

Future Project of the Year
Hanimaadhoo International Airport, Maldives
Integrated Design Associates Limited, Hong Kong

Structural Design of the Year
8 Spruce Street – Beekman Tower, New York, USA
Gehry Partners, LLP, USA

Once Foundation Award for Accessibility
Museum of Memory and Tolerance, Mexico City, Mexico
Arditti + RDT arquitectos, Mexico

People’s Choice
Memorial house Todor Proeski, Krushevo, Macedonia
Syndicate studio, Macedonia