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Rem Koolhaas heads compelling line up of speakers at World Architecture Festival 2018 in Amsterdam

Rem Koolhaas, world renowned Dutch architect and founder of OMA, will give the closing keynote address at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Amsterdam on 30 November 2018. He will follow a stellar line-up at the three-day event, which runs from 28 -30 November, including Sir David Adjaye (of Adjaye/Associates), Jeanne Gang (of Studio Gang) and Sir Peter Cook.

WAF’s programme takes advantage of its new venue, Amsterdam. Various speakers will outline the city’s dramatic transformation and how architecture is contributing to it, while Dutch architecture and design luminaries confirmed to speak include Francine Houben, Founding Partner and Creative Director of Mecanoo; Kees Christiaanse, Founder of KCAP Architects&Planners; and Caroline Bos, Co-founder of UNStudio. In keeping with the global focus of the event, they are joined on the speaker’s roster by established international architects including Li Xiaodong, Chad Oppenheim, Principal of Oppenheim Architecture + Design and John Wardle, Principal of John Wardle Architects.

The INSIDE World Festival of Interiors, which is co-located with WAF and takes place simultaneously in Amsterdam, has also revealed four keynote speakers that will be headlining at the event: India Mahdavi, principal of India Mahdavi architecture and design; Christina Seilern, Founder of Studio Seilern; Eva Jiřičná, Partner of AI – Design; and Maria Warner Wong, co-founder of WOW.

As well as architects and designers from leading global practices, the diverse speaking programme for both WAF and INSIDE includes commentators from leading educational institutions, city planners and media organisations: Anni Sinnemäki, Deputy Mayor of Helsinki; Marieke van Doorninck, Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam; Li Xiadong, Professor of Architecture, Tsinghua University; Professor Lesley Lokko, Head of Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg; Aaron Betsky, Dean of The School of Architecture at Taliesin; and the BBC arts commentar Razia Iqbal

This year’s programme responds to the Festival’s theme, ‘Identity’ and will include speeches, discussions and debates examining the complex and deep-rooted relationship between architecture, design and identity. Presentations and talks on the event’s main stage and the festival hall stage in Amsterdam will analyse not only how architecture can express personal, community, civic and national identity, but also how buildings and places increasingly need to contend with issues around ethnic or gender identity.

The festival’s speaking programme will culminate with a live interview of Rem Koolhaas conducted by architectural historian and cultural theorist Charles Jencks, focusing on the current and future notions of global architectural identity.

Paul Finch, Programme Director of World Architecture Festival commented: “We’re delighted that Rem Koolhaas has joined our already stellar list of speakers for this year’s event. This is the first time we’ll be holding WAF in the Dutch capital, and just as the Dutch masters presided over a golden age of artistic endeavour and expression in the 17th century, Rem and his contemporaries have spearheaded architectural innovation that has been exported and embraced around the world. Attendees of WAF 2018 can look forward to speeches and talks from them and a wide selection of architects, designers, engineers, academics and urban planners as they articulate and interrogate challenges related to this year’s event theme – Identity”.

For more details on the WAF Awards and the festival please visit: @worldarchfest #WAF2018

Previously on e-architect:

30 Jun 2018

World Architecture Festival Reveals 2018 Awards Shortlist

The 2018 awards programme received more than 1,000 entries for the first time, with numbers up 20 per cent compared with 2017. Architects and designers generated 536 shortlisted entries across 81 countries.

World Architecture Festival Awards 2018 Shortlist

20 Apr 2018

WAF Awards 2018

World Architecture Festival 2018 in Amsterdam

This year, Materia is proud partner of the World Architecture Festival 2018 (28 – 30 November, RAI Amsterdam).

Materia will host a special exhibition of carefully selected, innovative materials during this world famous event, and play an important role in promoting this event amongst architects and other creative professionals within the Materia network.

Materia partner World Architecture Festival 2018

Materia, the leading platform for material innovation, is feature partner of the World Architecture Festival 2018, taking place on 28 – 30 November in RAI Amsterdam. Materia will have a large presence at this world-famous architecture event, bringing an extra dimension to the festival with its own pavilion.

World Architecture Festival 2018 WAF Amsterdam

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) was previously held in Berlin, Singapore and Barcelona, and after positive industry research, and discussions with RAI and Materia, the WAF organization decided that Amsterdam would be the best location for WAF 2018.

“Materia and Amsterdam RAI have been working closely together for a number of years, and we are proud to confirm our partnership and involvement in bringing WAF to the Netherlands”, announces Materia Director Jeroen van Oostveen. ‘We are excited to be moving WAF to the Netherlands, and working with Materia to feature the MaterialDistrict Pop-up at WAF,” announced WAF Event Director, Tracy Collins.

World Architecture Festival 2018 WAF Amsterdam

World Architecture Festival
WAF, the ‘Oscars of architecture’, is the only architecture event in the world that combines: keynote lectures from the most prominent names in architecture, jury presentations from 500+ prize finalists, global networking opportunities and an international product and material exhibition.

The awards programme is the largest live event of its type in the world. All shortlisted practices will present their proposals live, in front of festival delegates and the judging panels. Organizers are expecting more than 1,000 entries following a record entry of more than 900 in 2017.

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More than 500 architectural practices are expected to compete for category and overall prizes. In addition to more than 30 category winners, international judging panels will choose the best building of the year, the best future project, and the best completed landscape. Past winners are a roll-call of significant architects from across the world including Foster & Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, Snohetta, BIG, Isay Weinfeld, Perkins & Will, Rogers Stirk Harbour, FJMT and Sou Fujimoto.

World Architecture Festival 2018 WAF Amsterdam

MaterialDistrict Pop-up Pavilion
Under the new name MaterialDistrict Pop-up (formerly Material Xperience On Tour), Materia presents an exceptional exhibition of carefully selected, innovative materials from 100 material brands. Visitors will marvel at the unique materials exhibition and presentations of 12 renowned material brands live on show in the pavilion.

This spectacular line-up of innovative materials, exhibits and material brands will display the latest trends and developments in the field of architecture and visitors will be immersed in everything that is new in architectural material.

World Architecture Festival 2018 WAF Amsterdam

Promoting WAF within Materia’s network
Materia will play an important role for the World Architecture Festival by promoting the event within the global Materia network of tens of thousands of (interior) architects, R&D and design professionals. Architects will be activated by the organization to submit work for the awards and will also be invited to visit this unique event at the end of November.

Special WAF ‘Amsterdam Prize’
WAF expects at least 1,000 architectural projects to compete for the 30+ category prizes and the 3 general awards, during this 11th edition of the Architecture Festival. WAF is also introducing a special ‘Amsterdam Prize’ especially for this Amsterdam edition. This will be awarded to the best building in the city, delivered between January 2017 and July 2018.

Every building in Amsterdam that has been shortlisted in one of the categories qualifies for the shortlist of the ‘Amsterdam Prize’, and will be visited on 27 November 2018 by a select jury of experts. The winner of the ‘Amsterdam Prize’ will be announced on November 28, 2018, the first day of the World Architecture Festival 2018.

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World Architecture Festival 2018
The World Architecture Festival 2018 will take place on 28 – 30 November in RAI Amsterdam. For more information, to enter , and find out more, visit:

Material brands who are interested in participating in the MaterialDistrict Pop-up pavilion at WAF with their own presentation can register from 1 May onwards with Ricardo van Osselen (E-mail: / Tel: +31 (0)20 713 0613)

World Architecture Festival 2018 WAF Amsterdam

About Materia
Materia is the leading international platform in the field of material innovation and stimulates global innovation to create a more beautiful, more sustainable and high quality built and decorated (living) environment. Through an independent and continuously growing collection of more than 3,000 inspiring materials, Materia brings together R&D and design professionals: annually at MaterialDistrict Rotterdam, periodically on current themes and events and daily via

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WAF Awards

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The World Architecture Festival (WAF) had its its tenth edition at the Arena Berlin in Germany from 15-17 November 2017.

World Building of the Year 2016: National Museum in Szczecin – Dialogue Centre Przełomy, Szczecin, Poland by Robert Konieczny- KWK Promes:
World Building of the Year 2016
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World Architecture Festival Awards 2017 Shortlist

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The Chapel wins World Architecture Festival Awards 2014
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4 Oct 2013

WAF Awards 2013

World Building of the Year Award 2013

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, New Zealand
Design: Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp and Archimedia
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki
photo : John Gollings

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Statoil Oslo Building
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WAF Awards 2012

World Building of the Year Award 2012
Gardens by the Bay Singapore
photo : Darren Chin
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Media-TIC wins World Building of the Year 2011 at World Architecture Festival Awards
Media-TIC Barcelona
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Media-TIC : World Building of the Year 2011

CCIB Building, Diagonal Mar, Barcelona, Spain
WAF Awards venue
photo © Adrian Welch, 2011
WAF Awards venue : CCIB Barcelona

World Building of the Year 2010

WAF Awards Overall winner

MAXXI, Rome, winner of World Building of the Year 2010
photo : Roland Halbe
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WAF Awards 2010 Winners

WAF Awards 2010 – Festival Events

World Building of the Year 2009

Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre, South Africa
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WAF Building of the Year 2009

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