WAF Research Programme

WAF Research Programme



The WAF Water Research Prize

The Water Research Prize was developed from the WAF Research Programme. This was launched to promote the ideas highlighted in the WAFX Manifesto, marking WAF’s 10-year anniversary in 2017. The manifesto identified key challenges architects will need to address over the next ten years, comprising Water; Climate, Energy and Carbon; Ageing and Health; Re-use; Smart City Technology; Power and Justice; Cultural Identity; Ethics and values; Building Technology and Virtual Worlds.We are delighted that WAF’s headline partner, GROHE, will once again support the Water Research Prize. GROHE is supporting research into tackling unique challenges that water presents, with the winning initiative awarded £10,000 of funding. The programme will supply funding which will contribute towards work in universities or other research institutions investigating the architectural implications of water in respect of buildings or the built environment. The winner also gets to present their research on the Festival Hall Stage at WAF 2020 in Lisbon, 2-4 December. This year's conference theme will 'Greening the City', a perfect setting for this year's Water Research Prize.

Universities or other research institutions nvestigating the architectural implications of water in respect of buildings or the built environment are invited to enter for free. The research can be current or proposed.

Entry criteria:

The research, current or proposed, should:

- Identify a new challenge or opportunity, un-researched or under-researched, related to design and water
- Advance an understanding of water in relation to the built environment, for example in relation to storage, management, distribution, use, recycling etc
- Explain how the research is addressing the issue(s) identified
- Outline the potential outcome of the research
- ​Say how the research award would contribute to the outcome




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