World Architecture Festival 2021

World Architecture Festival 2021

Construction event

For the third time, we are supporting the World Architecture Festival 'Best Use of Certified Timber Prize', rewarding architects and project teams for their use of certified timber as a main construction material for buildings outstanding in sustainability, innovation, quality or aesthetics.

“In the two years’ dialogue with renowned architects at WAF, we have noticed an increasing interest in sustainable timber. Some architects even say it’s 'the only way forward'," said Fabienne Sinclair, Head of Marketing at PEFC International. "We are pleased to contribute to making both forests and construction more sustainable.” 

At the heart of the Festival sits a unique awards programme. It is the only architecture awards where architects pitch their work to a panel of expert judges and their peers - all live at the festival. The winner will be announced at a Gala Dinner in December 2021.

Alongside the awards programme sit keynotes and seminars, city tours through Lisbon, the WAF secret village, fringe events, parties and more. Under one roof, over three days WAF provides a global stage of extraordinary architecture.

The World Architecture Festival is a globally renowned event dedicated to celebrating, sharing and inspiring outstanding architecture. For more information visit:

How to enter?

All projects entered for any of the 18 ‘Completed Buildings’ award categories are eligible for the Best Use of Certified Timber Prize. Under Additional Project Prizes, at the end, simply check the box next to "Please consider me for Best Use of Certified Timber Prize".

Please remember that the use of certified wood is a precondition for entering the prize. During the submission process, you will be asked to provide details on the percentage of PEFC-certified material used on your project. To get started, head to the WAF website!

Please note that the deadline for entry is more 7 May 2021. All completed buildings up to that date, which have used certified wood,  may be entered for the Best Use of Certified Timber Prize. Start your submission now!

Check out the best entries from the 2019 Prize:

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