World Architecture Festival 2022 Shortlist

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COMPILED BY Gina Dionisio

The World Architecture Festival has released its 2022 shortlist of buildings up for an award this year.

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) revealed the 420 shortlist for this year’s festival, with entries from all around the world, including South Africa.

The theme for the 2022 edition of the festival is “Together,” exploring how architecture responds to the renewal of the collective life post-pandemic. This year’s international judging panels will include Mario Cucinella, Tracy Meller, Sanjay Puri, Gonka Arik Caliskan, Sir Peter Cook, Yui Tezuka, and Shane O’Toole, Eva Jiricna, Issa Diabaté, Nadia Tromp, Jo Noero, Ann Lau and Nigel Coates.

Below, in no particular order, are a few outstanding examples of projects from the Completed Buildings category.

Civic and community

Victorian Pride Centre in Victoria, Australia (Design: BAU Brearley Architects+Urbanists and GAA Grant Amon Architects)

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Image: John Gollings


Orange Village Headquarters in Abidjan, Ivory Coast (Design: Koffi & Diabaté Architectes).

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New and Old

Buffelsdrift farmhouse in Ladismith, South Africa, previously featured in VISI (Design: SAOTA).

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Image: Adam Letch & Greg Truen 


The Rajasthan School in Mumbai, India (Design: Sanjay Puri Architects)

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Image: Dinesh Mehta


Qionglai Bamboo Pavilion in Chengdu, China (Design: UNO Architects).

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Higher Education and Research

Auditorium Building in the Northern Cape, South Africa (Design: URBA Architects and Urban Designers )

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Shuikou Mountain Workers Movement Memorial Museum in Changsha, China (Design: Yang Ying Design Studio).

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Mixed Use

Infinitus Plaza in Guangzhou, China (Design: Zaha Hadid Architects).

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Image: Liang Xue

The winners will be announced at the Festival in Lisbon from 30 November – 2 December. View the full shortlist at

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