WAF Research Programme

WAF Research Programme

WAF Research Programme

The WAF Research Programme has been launched to promote the ideas highlighted in the WAFX Manifesto, marking the first ten years of WAF. 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.

The programme will supply funding which will contribute towards work in universities or other research institutions investigating aspects of these subjects.

The first of these categories open for entries is WATER, supported by WAF headline partner GROHE. GROHE are supporting research into tackling unique challenges that water present, with the winning initiative awarded £10,000 of funding. The results of this work will be presented at WAF 2018 on the Festival Hall Stage. 

The WAF Research Programme will reward first-class thought leadership, innovation and research initiatives.


Entries are now closed

Timing for entering Water research initiatives:

  • Call for applications February 2018
  • ENTRY DEADLINE 30 April 2018
  • Judging June 2018
  • Shortlist initiatives announced June 2018
  • Winning research initiative announced and funding awarded August 2018
  • Ideas presented in November at WAF 2018, Amsterdam
  • Prize-giving at Gala Awards Dinner
  • Referenced in post-Festival supplement distributed with AR

The Water research award:

  • An award of £10,000 will be made to a research programme investigating the architectural implications of some aspect of water in respect of buildings or the built environment

The Water research entry criteria:

The research, current or proposed, should:

  • Identify a new challenge or opportunity, unresearched 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


Entries are now closed


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