Now in its fifth year, the WAN AWARDS Education Sector aims to celebrate the best in architectural design for all levels of educational and research use, from nurseries and kindergartens right through to universities and research facilities. As the largest award of its kind, attracting entries from all over the world, the award offers an unparalleled opportunity to gain recognition and exposure for your work, promoting the best in pioneering education design.

There are 2 main categories:

  1. Completed Projects: (finished on or after January 01 2010)
  2. Future Schemes: un-built /design-only projects.

This year, in addition to choosing an overall winner from each of the two categories above, we will also be selecting a ‘best in class’ project from the following four types:

  • Pre-School (Nurseries / Kindergartens)
  • Primary Education (Primary Schools / KS 1-2 / Grades 1-5)
  • Secondary Education (Middle & High Schools / KS3-5)
  • Higher Education & Research (Universities / Colleges / Research Facilities)


For the 'completed' category, if you have designed an educational building, whether a school, college, university or academy that has been completed during the last three full calendar years, (on or after January 1st 2010), you can now enter for the WAN AWARDS Education Sector 2013.

If you have a design for an educational building that is yet to be built - even if it may never be built - you can now enter your project into the 'Future Schemes' category for the WAN AWARDS Education Sector 2013.

Judging criteria

The jury will judge entries on a number of factors including originality, innovation, form and special quality, sustainability and context, but the following two areas will carry the most weighting.

  1. How your design addressed the key elements of the brief.
  2. Specific examples of how your building has enhanced the education process.


The WAN AWARDS received over 1,300 entries last year, making it the largest international architecture awards programme in the world. All entries to the WAN AWARDS are published on the WAN website, which serves over 10 million page impressions each month. A gallery of all entries for each sector will be published in News Review and will feature permanently on the WAN website. The winning projects will be covered in a special News Review feature including a video of the judges' comments.

Selected projects from the pool of entries will be entered into our Featured Projects section in WAN News Review, a weekly focus on Education buildings that will run during the award to generate even more exposure for participants. Each week, our editorial team will choose one project from the pool of entries to be our 'Education Building of the Week'. (Please be aware that if your project is chosen for this feature this does not automatically enter you through to the long list of 25 buildings, this is a separate judging process.)

In addition, press releases are sent out to numerous publications and are often picked up by local, national and international media, as well as a variety of industry publications. You will also be provided with a press kit to enable you to promote your achievements for yourselves. Past winners have reported that the WAN AWARDS' high profile and the publicity they received have contributed noticeably to their business success.

Benefits of entering

As we have developed the awards over the years, we have also tailored the news on the site to be sector-specific, which in turn promotes the winning and shortlisted projects of the awards to be pioneers of their sector, selected by the experts and specialists on the prestigious judging panel. The winning entrant receives an award certificate and their project makes headline news on WAN. The remaining five from the shortlist and any other schemes that the judges deem suitable will be listed as 'commended'.

The winning and shortlisted entrants all receive dedicated press kits and their projects will be featured in a special edition of News Review which reaches over 200,000 property developers, architects, consultants and organisations in 210 countries.

Press Kits

Winning and shortlisted entrants are provided with a press kit to enable them to promote their achievements; included in the kit is a prepared press release, a press contact list for national and international media and industry publications, and a 'WAN Winner' jpeg footer for emails and websites. Past winners have reported that the WAN AWARDS' high profile and the publicity they received have contributed noticeably to their business success.

The competition stages

The entries will be assembled by the WAN AWARDS team after the closing date. Further details may be requested at this time. The submissions will be presented to the international WAN jury in London who will aim to select the 21 winners. Last year the jury decided upon five practices who were worthy of the winning title, so the quest for 21 architects of the 21st century continues.

Submission format & guidelines

The format for the initial submission is as follows:

Text summary - 200 - 300 words (approx.)
1 main image @ 385 pixels wide
1 larger version of the main image @ 1000 pixels wide
5 additional images @ 1000 pixels wide

Text summary - include information about how your practice addresses the judging criteria above. The completion date of your project/s must be properly declared.

Images - if submitting your entry online, you can upload the small version of the main image, the larger version and 5 additional images using the upload form in 'Backstage'. Or you can send all the materials to: james.forryan@wantoday.com

Please send images in jpeg format, text summary as a Word doc or Adobe PDF. Entrants are responsible for providing copyright information for all images. Any uncredited images received will, by default, be credited to the architect.

Where possible please send text summary as continuous text, not bullet points etc.

All submissions will be published on the website; you can view an example of how your project will appear on WAN by clicking HERE


The closing date for the Education Sector Awards is 28 FEBRUARY 13


The entrance fee is £365 but an early registration price of £310 GBP is available for entries made before 31st January 2013

How to enter

You are invited to submit your entry online - you can do this via the 'Visit Backstage' button on the WAN homepage: www.worldarchitecturenews.com

If you are already registered you will be able to click "login" and use your existing registration code and password.

If you are registering for the first time you will need to click the 'register' button and complete the registration form. You will then be sent a registration code and password by email, which you can use to log in to 'Backstage'. (Please check your spam folder if you do not receive this immediately.)

Once logged in, you can submit your entry using the 'Purchase Award Credits' link on the left side of the login page - use the drop-down menus to select the Education sector, category and number of projects you wish to enter, then click 'Submit' - check your billing details are correct, then click 'Continue' - this will take you to a secure page. Click 'Proceed' and enter your card details, then click 'Confirm Order', then 'Authorise'. Once payment is complete, click 'Continue' to return to you login page. You will now have a new 'upload' link which you can use to upload your project as a competition entry.

Alternatively, if you prefer, you can submit your project by email and send payment by cheque or bank transfer. We will send you an invoice with all the details you need to make payment. Please email submissions and direct any questions or problems regarding entries / registration to: james.forryan@wantoday.com

Please make cheques payable to WAN and send to the address below

World Architecture News
Accounts dept.
The Media Centre
22 The Steyne
United Kingdom.

UK entries please add VAT