World Architecture Festival 2023 Shortlist Announced: 11 Filipino Projects Among The Finalists

July 11, 2023



Rick Formalejo

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced the 2023 finalists for the prestigious international architecture competition. This year, the Philippines has yet again broken its record, having 11 local projects and 11 firms making it to the shortlist, an increase from 10 projects and eight firms last year. 

This year’s list of entries is composed of a diverse selection of projects, such as a farm resort, a mixed-use building, micro-housing, and a sports complex. More new names from the country were also recognized alongside a few WAF veterans.

Here are the Filipino projects included in the WAF 2023 shortlist

Kilyawan Farm Resort by Dominic Galicia Architects – WAF Completed Buildings: Hotel and Leisure

Photography by Ed Simon

THE UNFINISHED BASKET by DST DESIGN + BUILD – WAF Completed Buildings: Hotel and Leisure

Photography by Ed Simon

Damosa Diamond Tower by Projects Design Plus Architecture Management Corp. – WAF Completed Buildings: Office

Photography by Ed Simon

Manta Corporate Plaza by Archion Architects – WAF Completed Buildings: Office

FERDINAND E MARCOS STADIUM by WTA Architecture and Design Studio – WAF Completed Buildings: Sport

The Hotel Elizabeth Resort and Villas by Carlo Calma Consultancy Inc. – WAF Completed Buildings: Hotel and Leisure

Micro Housing for Ancestral Domains in Highlands Laurence Angeles by MLA – WAF Completed Buildings: Housing

Photography by Laurence Angeles

Pangasinan Barangay Centers by Buensalido Architects – WAF Future Project: Civic

Rendered Perspectives by Buensalido Architects

St. Luke’s Medical Center New Hospital Building by JRS + Partners, ARUP – WAF Future Project: Health

Carbon Market Cebu’s Trade & Expo Center for Philippine Weaving Crafts by Visionarch – Visionary Architecture, Inc. – WAF Future Project: Commercial mixed-use

Images from Visionarch and Envision

La Terrain by KJHP Design Group – WAF Future Project: Leisure Led Development

The finalists will go on to compete live at the festival which will happen at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore on November 29, 2023 to December 1, 2023. They will present their projects to a panel of esteemed judges. This year, Architect Sudarshan Khadka of Leandro V. Locsin Partners will join the festival’s panel of jurors following the steps of last year’s jurors former WAF winners Benjamin Mendoza of BAAD and William Ti, Jr. of WTA Architecture and Design Studio. 

See the complete list of finalists here.

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