2021 WAF China Awards now accepting submissions

World Architecture Festival (WAF) China is the exclusive authorised brand of WAF in Mainland China and Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan regions, including WAF China and INSIDE China. 

The first WAF China took place in 2020 with more than 300 projects and 100 design firms participating in the virtual design crits and awards ceremony held in Chengdu.

WAF China 2021 will continue the previous year’s pattern – online judging + onsite events, combining forums, exhibitions, awards ceremony and more diversified activities.


  • Call For Entries: 1 November 2020 to 7 May 2021
  • Online Judging: 13 to 15 July 2021
  • On-site Events: 21 and 22 October 2021 (Chengdu, China)

Why enter?

  • Showcase and celebrate your work on a global stage
  • Receive unparalleled exposure in the global media; winners are featured in 55,000+ articles
  • Gain invaluable insight from world-renowned judges
  • Entries that have not entered the WAF Shortlist but win a WAF China Award would also have the opportunity to get additional places to enter the WAF Finals in Lisbon
  • Winners will receive a v2com gift certificate for a press kit distribution worth $1,525
  • Enjoy food, music and fun, meet with your peers, your heroes and the industry’s power players live at the Festival in Chengdu

What can be submitted?

  • All projects located in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan regions, include architecture, interior design, landscape design and other relevant categories
  • All completed projects have to be completed between 1 January 2019 and 7 May 2021
  • All future projects do not have to have a completion date and do not need to be built in order to qualify
  • All potential WAF China entries need to first complete entering WAF/INSIDE between 11 January 2020 and 5 July 2021

How to enter?

  • Step 1: Register and enter WAF/INSIDE. No need to re-enter. (www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/ENTER)
  • Step 2: Get your project Entry No.
  • Step 3: Register and enter the Online Judging through the WAFCHINA Website. (www.wafchina.net)
  • Step 4: Upload your project and finish the payment for the Online Judging
  • Step 5: Follow our website and WeChat for the latest news and notices.

PLEASE NOTE: You will not be able to submit, modify or pay for your Online Judging Entry through the WAF China website after 30 May 2021. 

Online judging

  • Date: 13 to 15 July 2021
  • Software: ClassIn
  • 10+ online judging rooms doing design critics at the same time every day
  • Each room consists of 10+ entries and three judges
  • Winners will be announced at the 2021 WAF China Awards Ceremony


  • Best Completed Building
  • Best Future Project
  • Best Interior Design
  • Best Landscape Design
  • Commended Project
  • Outstanding Design Award
  • Media’s Choice
  • The Most Popular Project
  • Public Choice

*In addition to the above awards, more award categories and special prizes may be added. 

Prices for awards entry

  • 1,200 RMB per entry
  • Enter three or more entries and receive a 15% discount
  • Early bird rate – Finish your entry on the WAF China website by 20 April to receive a 10% discount
  • Online Judging Entrants would receive discounted ticket prices for 2021 WAF China’s on-site events.

For the latest news and notices regarding the tickets for the on-site events, follow WAF China’s website and WeChat channel.