WAF Research Programme

WAF Research Programme


WAF Water Research Programme

Supported by WAF's Founder Partner:


The Water Research Programme 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 Programme. GROHE is supporting research into tackling unique challenges that water presents, with the winning initiative awarded £10,000 of funding. The results of this work will be presented at WAF 2019 on the Festival Hall Stage.

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Timing for entering water research initiatives:

Call for applications June 2019 - it is free to enter
ENTRY DEADLINE 27 September 2019
Judging will take place in early October
Winning research initiative announced and funding awarded October 2019
Ideas presented in December at WAF 2019, Amsterdam on the 4-6th December
Prize-giving at Gala Awards Dinner at WAF on the 6th December
Referenced in post-Festival supplement distributed with AR in 2020

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

It is free to enter.

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Winner 2018: Rainwater Collection System as a Bioclimatic Curtain Wall for the Amazon Rainforest by Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Watch the 2018 winner present live at WAF 2018:



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