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World
Architecture
Student
Award - 2024

​ ​ WASA-TOP​ ​ 

The World Architecture Student Award is one of the world's largest architecture student competitions held mainly in Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. This contest aims at the comprehensive ability of architectural students to carry out design subject works, submitted competitions, graduation design works, etc. that were undertaken by educational institutions related to architecture (universities, junior colleges, vocational schools, graduate schools). With the complex of statistics, typology and an introduction to architectural design, architectural design works can be quantified and judged fairly by comprehensive evaluation. In addition, we will issue a transcript that analyzes the abilities of the architectural designer in detail for all the submitted design works, quantitatively shows where and how much is done, and gives advice. In addition, a certificate will be awarded to works that are particularly excellent in various evaluation axes. This is not an arbitrary and very abstract examination, but shows the ability of the designer and hopes for the future development and success of architectural students. Everyone is aiming for a meaningful competition regardless of the type of work, grade, or country. (Executive Committee Chair Yusuke Shimizu)

Architectural Design Metabolism​
​ Architectural design metabolism

The WASA World Architecture Student Awards is one of the world's largest architecture student competitions, held mainly in Japan, China, the United States, and Europe. It is a competition that measures the diverse abilities of architecture students by allowing them to submit works such as past design assignments, competitions, and graduation projects as they are. As a global architectural design competition, applications are received from all over the world, and all applicants can accurately grasp their own abilities by receiving objective evaluation "feedback". In addition, the winning works are disseminated to the world in multiple languages, providing an opportunity for participants' works to attract international attention. 100 types of award certificates are available, and awards are given with respect to individuality, giving new insights and encouragement to more participants. With a high degree of freedom in submission format and theme, participants can maximize their creativity. ​

Here are three innovative features unique to WASA.

​Detailed analysis of submitted works

We objectively analyze a designer's ability using an evaluation system that accurately compares and analyzes design works from around the world. It is the best and only evaluation method in the world. Improve personal and unreasonable evaluations and rankings from professors and others.

Dissemination of award-winning works

The 100 works that passed the first screening will be translated into multiple languages on the web and disseminated to the world. A global vote will be held using YouTube, Google Earth, and Form, and architects, professors, architecture students, and citizens from each country will view the contest and make it a creative competition.

​Certificate/Prize

​ With 100 different types of certificates, we respect the individuality of more designers. You can discover characteristics that you would not notice unless you are using world standards. The prize money will prove the designer's ability and we will do our best to support their future success.

If you are participating in the tournament, please be sure to download the tournament pamphlet and keep it in a safe place.

Please print the competition poster yourself and display it in your laboratory or university.

A festival that all applicants can participate in

An innovative competition where all applicants, not just award winners, can participate and have fun learning.
In traditional competitions, only the winners get comments and feedback, and only a few people enjoy it.
WASA can receive analysis of submitted works and participate in global voting.

Participation fee free
free submission

The theme and assignment are free. You can submit university design projects, your own graduation design work, and design works submitted in other competitions as they are. Any expression or plan can be submitted as long as it is data such as video, 3D, CAD, Adobe, etc.

Work analysis
Certificate issuance

We conduct a high-precision analysis of all submitted works to discover your strengths and abilities. We calculate the world rankings and rankings for each ability and provide objective feedback. It serves as a certificate.

Exhibition of works
world vote

We will exhibit the 100 winning works in the preliminary rounds. Viewers can see works from all over the world and vote for their favorite works. You can interact with designers from all over the world through voting and comments.

Tournament schedule

01

Entry

2024/01/01
00:00(Local time)

2024/08/01
24:00(Local time)

02

Work submission

2024/01/01
00:00(Local time)

2024/08/01
24:00(Local time)

03

WLS-Preliminary examination

​2024/08/01
24:00(Local time)

2024/09/01
24:00(Local time)

04

WCSS-Second Examination

2024/10/01
24:00(Local time)

2024/11/01
24:00(Local time)

05

Award results/overview

2024/11/01
24:00(Local time)

Archive

STEP.1...

​【Required】Now accepting entries

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​ Architectural design metabolism

​ENTRY

World Architectural Design Institute Activity Philosophy-Promote technological innovation in architectural design and contribute to the social world
World Architectural Design Institute Activity Philosophy-Promote technological innovation in architectural design and contribute to the social world

After submitting the Google Form, you will receive an email confirming the completion of your entry, so please check it.

STEP.2...

​【Required】Now accepting work data submissions

Submission period: January 1, 2024 - August 1, 2024

Number of submitted works
Unlimited∞

​Past works
Easy submission

Submission format
freedom

 ​Entry work 

Design projects, competitions, graduation designs, and master's design projects undertaken at architectural educational institutions (universities, junior colleges, vocational schools, and graduate schools). Design proposals related to architecture, cities, and interior design.

■Required■ PDF data (presentation sheet) We will evaluate the content of the proposal and presentation. We do not specify the size, shape, or font size of the PDF data. We look forward to your creative and easy-to-understand expressions. ​

■Optional■ Format: Please submit as PDF, JPEG, MP4, DWG, DXF, 3DS, SKP, 3DM, URL, RAR, PPTM link, PLN. We will conduct specific examinations such as videos, drawings, modeling, etc.

*The works are available in 5 languages: English, Japanese, Chinese, German, and Hindi. If it is in another language, please translate it into English.
*If it is a group design, the representative should submit it.
*If you submit a collection of works (portfolio), etc., you will receive feedback on each work and your profile will not be evaluated. If the density is low, it cannot be evaluated, so please take measures such as attaching supplementary data. ​
*Works submitted in the past to the WASA World Architecture Student Award and National Architecture Student Award can be submitted if they have been brushed up.
*Can also be used as an escape for unfinished works.

Submission

 How to submit 
❶. Edit the file name of all submitted works to "email address_work title".  ※_ is a half-width space
*If there is multiple data for one work, please number 1.2.3.4... after the work title.
*Please do not compress the file.
*Please note that data without an email address and file name cannot be reviewed.

❷.Open "Gigafile mail". Link↓
https://www.transfernow.net/en

❸.Upload the work file by dragging and dropping. (within 300GB per file).
*If there are multiple works in one work, please upload all data.
*Please do not use a password.

❹.Click “100 days”.
❺.Click "Merge" to create the URL.
❻.Copy the “URL”.
*If you are submitting multiple works, please create separate URLs.

❼. Open the "Submission form". ​Link↓
https://forms.gle/94QAP5hivMNScsjN6
❽.Select your email address and country name.
❾. Paste the “URL”. In addition, please enter the title, theme, site, and purpose of the work and submit.
*If you are submitting multiple works, please submit the URLs separately using the submission form.
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After submitting the Google Form, you will receive a submission completion email, so please check it.

WLS qualifying examination
​100 award-winning works

WLS-Preliminary examination

Review period: August 2, 2024 - September 1, 2024
Results released: From September 2, 2024

WLS-World League Series
We will conduct a highly accurate comparative analysis with the past 50,000 works and objectively calculate the designer's ability.
Every year, 100 works are selected through preliminary screening and awarded with certificates. The 100 works will be given the right to participate in the second round.

  Examination items  

We will compare the submitted work with 50,000 design works from around the world and calculate the design ability for each design element.
The WASA competition will be judged from two perspectives: ``design proposal content'' and ``designer ability and personality.''

Analysis of design proposal content
Design elements are broadly classified into five categories: "A-Site," "B-Use," "C-Form," "D-Space," and "E-Act."
Are the five design elements proposed to users, operators, owners, businesses, designers, the country, region, and society as necessary? Are you able to show the designs, plans, and designs that you think are good? It may also be a solution to a problem or an interesting concept. If necessary, it may be necessary to propose possibilities such as scale, time, combinations, and relationships. Of course, the five design elements have a large impact on the thought process during design and any expression process during proposal.
In this way, we organize the infinite number of proposal patterns, objectively analyze your proposals, and respect your individuality.

Calculation of designer ability and personality
Objectively calculating ability is extremely difficult. There are two main abilities that designers are required to have when making proposals: ``Thinking ability (Production)'' and ``Expression ability (Presentation).'' However, there are an infinite number of other qualities inherent in a design proposal. In particular, ``originality'' and ``reality'' are often questioned. However, if we attach a hierarchy to properties like this, we cannot objectively evaluate them. Therefore, properties are set and judged as binary oppositions for each property. If it is ``uniqueness'', it is considered ``universality'', and by determining how much it touches on either, it picks up the designer's diverse individuality and possibilities.

Quantitatively diagnose "design ability and proposal properties" for "each element of a design proposal" by comparing it with past works.
This is an innovative examination method, rather than the old examination method by architects.

​Yusuke Shimizu

  How to select award-winning works  

STEP.01
We will compare the submitted work with 50,000 design works from around the world and calculate the design ability for each design element.

STEP.02
We calculate the most outstanding ability of designers and works, and calculate the ranking by assigning them to the optimal league.

STEP.03
Certificates will be awarded from top to bottom in each league, and the winners will inevitably be determined.

All-League Top 10 works
Works with a high degree of creative perfection in terms of design proposals, including proposal content, expression techniques, thinking ability, creativity, and other special qualities.

​1st place...Genius Architect Medal 2nd place...Master Architect Medal 3rd place and above...Best Selection Award​

Pro-League Top 10 works
Works that specialize in proposals that have unique ideas and values, and are logically and realistically considered.

​1st place...Genius Proposal Medal 2nd place...Master Proposal Medal 3rd place and above...Best Selection Award​

Pre-League Top 10 works
Excellent work that uses unique techniques and advanced technology to enhance the proposal and express it in an easy-to-understand manner.

1st place…Genius Presentation Medal 2nd place…Master Presentation Medal 3rd place and beyond…Best Selection Award

Uni-League Top 20 worksWorks with a high degree of creative perfection in terms of design proposals, including proposal content, expression techniques, thinking ability, creativity, and other special qualities.

​1st place...Genius Unique Medal 2nd place...Master Unique Medal 3rd place and above...Best Selection Award

A-League Top 10 works
 Proposals that are particularly relevant to the historical, cultural and physical context of the site and its surroundings. In addition, these are works that consistently propose uses, forms, spaces, and actions.

​1st place...Genius architect Medal 2nd place...Master architect Medal 3rd place and higher...Best Selection Award​

B-League Top 10 works
Especially excellent proposals regarding the use of the entire building, partial functions, business and operational schemes, and the role of the building. In addition, these are works in which proposals are consistently made regarding the site, form, space, and actions.

​1st place...Genius architect Medal 2nd place...Master architect Medal 3rd place and higher...Best Selection Award​

C-League Top 10 works
Especially excellent proposals regarding design methods, modeling methods, renewal methods, associated architectural forms, spatial configurations, external structures, furniture, structures, and equipment. In addition, these are works that consistently make proposals regarding the site, use, space, and actions. 

​1st place...Genius architect Medal 2nd place...Master architect Medal 3rd place and higher...Best Selection Award​

D-League Top 10 works
 Especially excellent proposals for interior and exterior spaces, landscapes, interiors, exteriors, public, common, private, etc. In addition, these are works that consistently make proposals regarding the site, use, form, and behavior.

​1st place...Genius architect Medal 2nd place...Master architect Medal 3rd place and higher...Best Selection Award​

E-League 10 works
Especially excellent proposals for activities, communities, and spatial experiences for users, operators, businesses, designers, etc. In addition, these are works that consistently make proposals regarding the site, use, form, and space.

​1st place...Genius architect Medal 2nd place...Master architect Medal 3rd place and higher...Best Selection Award​

Preliminary Jury-A

​​Architect:Yusuke Shimizu
Cooperation:WADL World Architectural Design Laboratory


Yusuke Shimizu, a Japanese architect and critic, will judge the entries. He is the developer of the GAAS.Genius Architect Assistant System, and conducts objective and fair examinations that were previously thought to be impossible, as well as designs that follow design patterns from around the world. He is the author of ``The perfect architecture that the world doesn't want'' and is active in Japan and around the world.
日本建筑师兼评论家清水雄介将评判参赛作品。 他是GAAS.Genius架构师助理系统的开发者,进行以前认为不可能的客观公正的审查,以及遵循世界各地设计模式的设计。 他是《世界不想要的完美建筑》一书的作者,活跃于日本和世界各地。日本人建築家兼評論家である清水勇佑が審査を行います。GAAS.Genius Architect Assistant Systemの開発者であり、今まで不可能とされていた客観的で公平な審査や世界中のデザインパターンを踏襲する設計を行っている。「世界が求めない完璧な建築」の著者であり日本を中心に世界で活躍している。

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Preliminary Jury-B

Jury On-board : Genius Architect Assistant System(GAAS)
Jury Benchmark :GAAS-1G-Version.1以上
Sense of value :World standard


GAAS is the most advanced and fair judging format based on a database that has been learned through advanced comparative analysis of past architectural works and the values and thoughts of architects around the world.
GAAS 是基于数据库的最先进和最公平的评审格式,该数据库是通过对过去的建筑作品和世界各地建筑师的价值观和思想进行高级比较分析而获得的。
GAASは過去の建築作品や世界中の建築家の価値観や思考を高度に比較分析したデータベースをもとにして行う公平性のとれた審査形式です。
※当システムはAI(人工知能)を一切用いていません。

​GAAS

Genius Architect
Assistant System

Issuance of precise scoring transcript

Effective period: September 2, 2024 - October 1, 2024

Rankings are calculated from an objective perspective based on past statistics, including architectural professional Esq.
We provide assistance from a variety of angles, including presenting related buildings and books, consulting on suitable competitions and laboratories, and recruiting suitable companies.

advice

We provide accurate advice through comparative analysis based on advice from over 100 architects and past cases. Rather than relying on the subjective advice of an architect, we objectively assess what should be done and what should be done based on AI-based statistical data.

Rank calculation

Using the scoring technology of designers' various abilities, we are able to calculate a wide range of rankings, from national and world rankings by grade level to past rankings. We evaluate a wide range of abilities by calculating rankings based on ability from various perspectives, rather than calculating rankings based on overall scores.

Case presentation

We will present related examples such as similar design proposals submitted in the past, existing buildings, architectural philosophy, and architectural history. By calculating similar proposals from multiple perspectives, designers can stimulate their creativity and use it to improve their work for job hunting or graduate school exams.

​Course assist

Based on the work submitted by the university, we can expand your career path and match you with a job that suits you by consulting on a national and international level about the job you are suitable for and laboratories that are conducting similar research content. I can.

Feedback

[PDF] Download New precision scoring evaluation report ​

WCSS secondary examination
Champion selection

WCSS-2nd screening

Review period: November 2, 2024 - December 1, 2024
Results released: From December 2, 2024

WCSS-World Championship Series
The 100 works that passed the preliminary screening for the WLS World League will be published on the web and YouTube and a global vote will be held.
​Architects, professors, students, and citizens from each country can participate in the global vote, which will determine the champion of each league.

Award-winning works exhibition

The winning works will be translated into multiple languages and published using various tools, including the official competition website.

YouTube

​You can use videos to convey the outline, sequence, spatial experience, etc. of your work.

Google earth

You can experience planned sites around the world using Googleearth.

PDF

You can view the submitted data of the submitted works and understand more specific proposals.

world voting regulations

■ About voters
In the WCSS second round, the champion will be selected by global voting. Everyone from around the world, including architects, designers, professors, students, and the general public, can participate. You can vote for one work. The management side is making adjustments to the following items in order to improve the professionalism of the WCSS 2nd round screening.
​​・Weight adjustment by vote type for architects, designers, professors, students, and the general public
・Adjustment of vote weights across countries and regions
・Invalidation of votes by the same person or mechanical votes

■About the 100 works winners
The 100 winners will also be able to participate in the global voting. The 100 works winners are the ones receiving votes for their works, so we have set the following rules. We appreciate your cooperation in conducting a fair review.
・Winners of the 100 works will be able to post their works and the URL link of the competition's official website on SNS, blogs, media, etc.
・100 works winners can vote including their own works.
・The URL link of the voting form cannot be posted on SNS, blogs, media, etc.
- Promoting votes for your work through universities or companies is prohibited.
・It is okay to encourage individuals such as friends, professors, and family members to vote.
-The same person is prohibited from voting with multiple accounts.

Prize money-$1,700

A prize of $1,700 (approximately 240,000 yen) will be awarded from the WASA World Architecture Student Award. From 2023
The currency will be the US dollar, and remittances will be made to each country according to the exchange rate as of the transfer date, December 1, 2023. Please note that you will need to submit documents such as a passport and complete the necessary procedures.

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1st place in world voting 1st place in votes
1st place in each league 1st place in each league except for the top 3

Certificate: World Championship Gold Medal Prize money: $1000

2nd place in the world vote, 2nd place in the number of votes
Works that specialize in proposals that have unique ideas and values, and are logically and realistically considered.

Certificate: World Championship Silver Medal Prize money: $500

3rd place in the world vote 3rd place in the number of votes
Excellent work that uses unique techniques and advanced technology to enhance the proposal and express it in an easy-to-understand manner.

Certificate: World Championship Bronze Medal Prize money: $200

1st place in each league 1st place in each league except for the top 3
Works with a high degree of creative perfection in terms of design proposals, including proposal content, expression techniques, thinking ability, creativity, and other special qualities.

Certificate: World Championship Medal

WASA
​Tournament sponsor

Looking for sponsors

 Applications start from January 1, 2024 

This competition is held by a volunteer organization of the international architecture student organization KENKOMI.JAPAN.
We raise the cost of our activities from sponsorships and donations from sponsoring companies.

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please use the Google form below.
For more information, please check the sponsorship section of the homepage below.

 Tournament Policy 

1. Ensuring objectivity and fairness in the evaluation of submitted works Reliability of the evaluation system: Since it relies on a highly accurate comparative analysis using GAAS (Genius Architect Assistant System), we ensure the reliability of the system's algorithms and database. Elimination of human bias: We ensure the transparency of the evaluation criteria and the consistency of their operation to eliminate personal and absurd evaluations from professors and others.

 

2. Multilingual support and quality of translation Multilingual translation: Since 100 works will be translated into multiple languages ​​and distributed to the world, it is important to ensure high-quality translations that are accurate and take into account cultural backgrounds. Translation costs and time: We manage the costs and time required to provide high-quality translations.

 

3. Feedback to all applicants Quality and quantity of feedback: Providing highly accurate analysis to all applicants requires significant resources for operation. Issuance of certificates: We issue and manage certificates for all participants.

 

4. Technical operation Data management: Properly manage submitted data in various formats (PDF, JPEG, MP4, etc.) so that it can be used smoothly in the review process. Platform Reliability: The online platform (Google Form, Gigafile, etc.) that supports the submission and judging process of the entries will adopt highly reliable and secure systems and services.

 

5. Fairness of Global Voting Vote Credibility: When collecting votes from around the world, a system will be established to invalidate multiple votes by the same person and mechanical votes. Voting Adjustment: Voting weights will be adjusted according to the type and region of voters, such as architects, professors, and the general public.

 

6. Publicity and Participation Promotion Entry and Submission Promotion: Public relations activities to encourage students around the world to enter and submit works, and their effective implementation. Distribution of Posters and Brochures: Printing and distributing competition posters, and ensuring the storage and use of brochures.

 

7. Management of Prize Money and Certificates Prize Money Transfer Procedures: Processing the transfer of prize money to participants in each country, and submitting and managing related documents. Issuance of Diverse Certificates: Preparing 100 different types of certificates and managing them to award them appropriately.

 

8. Schedule management Maintaining a strict schedule: Strict schedule management to ensure that each step, such as entry, submission of work, judging, and announcement of results, proceeds as scheduled. By taking appropriate measures against these issues, WASA's operations will proceed smoothly.

 

9. Copyright policy The copyright of the submitted work belongs to the applicant, but the organizer holds the rights to publish it on the website and in magazines, and will announce the winning work, school name, name, etc. Please note. If the organizer uses the submitted work for the execution of its business, we will consult with you separately. Please take copyright into consideration and use images and illustrations that you have taken or created yourself. The submitted work must not infringe on the copyright of others, either in part or in whole. If copyright infringement or other doubts are discovered after the award, all responsibility will be assumed by the applicant. In such cases, the organizer may cancel the award at its discretion.

 

10. Privacy Policy Personal information will be used by the organizers and the WASA World Architecture Student Award Executive Committee, which is cooperating with the event, for accepting and inquiring about submitted works, notifying the results of the screening, informing about events held by the cooperating sponsor, Nikken Academy, and for other matters deemed necessary for the operation of the event. As a general rule, except as required by law, personal information will not be used for any other purpose or provided to a third party without the individual's consent.

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