Education 2018

The WAN Education Award, now in its 10th year, 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.

Recognition from our judges will significantly enhance the image and profile of your practice, which could help consolidate your position as a leader in original design.

We will be looking at a variety of different building types for this award, to name a few:

  • 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)

  • Training academies (nursing colleges, dentistry schools, sports training facilities)

  • Other (speech & reading centres, adult learning centres - for example)

Benefits of entering  

Our aim is to deliver maximum exposure for newly completed and inspiring projects across 25 categories, with areas as diverse as Adaptive Reuse, Transport, Performing Spaces and Waterfront Architecture. We welcome entries from practices of all sizes and specialties, our aim is to reward outstanding work.

Winning the WAN AWARDS has proven to be a significant asset, establishing your firm's credentials as a design leader within the sector and often leads to direct opportunities with new clients. In fact, many of our judges have gone on to collaborate with previous award recipients.

GLOBAL EXPOSURE: Upon entering, your work will be featured permanently on the WAN AWARDS’ website. In addition, a gallery of entries will be published in News Review, showcased to our readership of approximately a quarter of a million property developers, architects, consultants and organisations in countries around the world.

INTERNATIONAL JURY PANEL: Your project will be judged by a top-level international jury panel of highly influential people including developers, clients and leading designers, providing a unique opportunity to promote your work to leading experts.

A CHANCE TO JUDGE: WAN AWARDS winners are often invited to join our jury panels in subsequent years

WINNERS' PRESS KITS: Awarded along with a certificate, this contains a specially designed logo to signify the status of the Winner, Shortlisted or Commended entries along with an official dedicated press release, enabling you to quickly and easily share your success with the local and international media.

AWARDS EVENT: We will be holding an awards ceremony in the later part of the year. All winners will be announced at this 2018 event. This is your opportunity to network with industry leaders and peers to forge new relationships for 2018.

If you would like to showcase your firm’s capabilities and gain critical acclaim in the global marketplace, enter the WAN AWARDS today.


The competition is open to all projects built during the last three full calendar years, on or after 01 January 2015.

Submission format & guidelines  

You only pay on submitting your entry


Your submission will include:

One main image and supportive text

This will be shown on the WAN AWARDS website. Please make sure to include the use of the building if not immediately obvious. Please use this space to summarise & outline your project attributes.

PDF Presentation

Please supply a 10 page, one sided, hi-res A3 PDF (this can be portrait or landscape)

Presentation is important, judges are influenced by a clearly presented scheme that they understand. It's the first step to get them to connect with your project. Follow the tips below and you will greatly increase your chances of winning.

Please view GUIDELINES for your entry.

The presentations are NOT anonymous. Feel free to incorporate your firm's name and logo where appropriate.

Please note: You have two weeks after submitting your entry to upload a revised version if needed.

How to enter  

We have a new entry process for 2018!

  1. Click on the ‘Enter now’ button & register

  2. Select the categories you want to enter

  3. Format and upload your submission

  4. When your entry is ready, submit and pay.

UK entries please add VAT.

Judging criteria  

The judges will use their experience in the sector to assess your project on a number of factors to get to the short list including; Originality, Innovation, Form, Function, Sustainability and Context.

The shortlisted projects will then be tested to see whether your design has:

- Addressed the key elements of the client brief


- Used design to evolve or push the boundaries of this specific typology and will look for specific examples of how your building has enhanced the learning environment

Presentation is also of great importance, and judges will be looking for your ability to communicate the 'story' of your building, from the initial concept through to its completion.

The competition stages  

A long list of around twenty five projects will initially be selected, but the total figure will depend entirely on the final amount of entries submitted by the closing date.

From the long list, a short list will be selected before an overall winner is chosen.

On occasion, a project may be ‘commended’ even if they have not made the final six short list, and this is entirely at the discretion of the jury.


The entrance fee is £425.00  but an early registration price of £375.00 is available for entries made before 29th March 2018.  

Any extension on deadline will cost an additional £50

Newsletter opportunity  

We will be publishing an Awards Highlights newsletter, featuring all submitted entries across all open categories received before April 30. This newsletter will be broadcast to our audience of over 150,000 architects, developers and consultants across the globe, as well as our 900,000 plus social media following.

If you would like your project to be included, all you have to do is register, enter and upload your project before the deadline of April 30. This extra exposure will give your firm added value, in addition to the various benefits of entering into this award category.

View last year’s highlights mailers:

MAY Awards Highlights newsletter

JUNE Awards Highlights newsletter

Key Dates:

  • Closing date:

    12 June 2018

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