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    Australian firms complete WAF 'dry run’

    Branko Miletic

    For the fifth year in a row, local architectural practice AJ+C has invited Australian firms to present their World Architecture Festival (WAF) shortlisted projects, as a rehearsal for the real thing that will be held in Berlin later this year.

    The presentations were run according to the 2017 WAF Award rules (10 minutes to present plus eight minutes of questions) and were presented to a panel of peer judges, who provided extensive feedback to help prepare the contenders for the festival in Berlin. 

    Presented projects fine tuning their presentations on the night were AJ+C and NH Architecture, Sydney Fish Markets (reference design), Sydney - Future Projects – Masterplanning; Leisure-Led Development Andrew Burges Architects, Brick House, Sydney, Australia – House CplusC Architectural Workshop, Living Screen House, Sydney – House TKD Architects, Glasshouse at Goonoo Goonoo Station, Goonoo Goonoo – New and Old Tzannes, Point Piper Residence.

    The judging panel included Sydney based journalist Guy Allenby, BVN Principal - Abbie Galvin, SJB Director - Jonathan Knapp, and McGregor Coxall Associate – Tom Rivard. 

    The 10th World Architecture Festival, to be held 15-17 November in Berlin, will feature projects from over 65 countries, all competing in what has become the world’s largest architectural awards with 30 separate categories. 

    The international design event, first held in Barcelona in 2008 claims to be ‘where the world architecture community meets to celebrate learn, exchange and be inspired’.

    According to its website, WAF attracts over 2,000 architects, clients and press representatives. 

    “A great night of Australian architecture at AJ+C with eminent judges pulling no punches with their advice to ensure that Australian architects will be the best performers in Berlin, and the best they can be," says Michael Heenan CEO, principal, Design, Allen Jack+Cottier Architects.

    "Having been the chair of a number of different juries in Berlin I am very confident that Australia will perform extremely well in November 2017."

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