The 2016 World Architecture Festival and Inside World Festival of Interiors kick off on Wednesday, 16 November in Berlin and will culminate in the announcement of the 2016 World Building and World Interior of the Year.

A number of Australian projects are in the running for both titles which will be announced on Friday at the close of the festivals.

Just over 20 Australian projects have been shortlisted across the board for the 2016 WAFs, which is down from last year’s giant effort of 37, but still strong compared to most countries. 

Twelve Australian projects have been shortlisted for the 2016 Inside World Festival of Interiors and we’re looking very competitive in the Offices category in particular.

All architecture firms with shortlisted projects are invited to present their projects to the public and peers and as such Australian architecture will be well represented at the festival by over 20 of our strongest performing practices.


Australia will be well represented at WAF by a mixture of first time shortlisters and long-time performers, including former World Building of the Year winner, Francis Jones Morehen Thorp and a number of former category winners.  

Australians at WAF:

Ian Moore, Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects, Robin Williams Architect, Smart Design Studio, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, BVN, Conrad Gargett, Woods Bagot, Terroir, Bates Smart, SJB, Warren and Mahoney, Cox Rayner Architects, Fender Katsalidis,Tzannes, HDR and Allen Jack+Cottier.


We’ll also be well-represented on the interior side of the festival with three of our biggest firms, Woods Bagot, BVN and Hassell, all presenting, as will Ian Moore Architects and Iredale Pederson Hook who’ve both had success in the program in the past.

Australians at Inside:

Woods Bagot, BVN, Matt Gibson Architecture + Design, Guida Moseley Brown Architects, Smart Design Studio, Ian Moore Architects, Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects, Caroline Di Costa Architect, K.P.D.O and Hassell


The awards aren’t selected in a straw poll format but Australia’s chances of taking prizes are stronger in some of the programs’ categories.

In the WAFs, it’s the House category where Australia can expect some success with five of the 17 projects shortlisted coming from local architects. Interestingly, Australia’s most popular house for 2015, Villa Marittima by Robin Williams Architect will be up against the 2016 architect-designed house of the year, Indigo Slam by Smart Design Studio but they’ll be fighting off two projects from Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects, both of which are former Sustainability Awards Finalists.

On the interior side of things, Australia’s best chances are in the Office category where six of the 16 workplaces came from our shores. Office design specialists, BVN and Woods Bagot both have two shortlisted projects while a Melbourne fitout by Matt Gibson Architecture + Design and a Chinese project by Guida Moseley Brown Architects are also in the running.