A number of architects from across the Middle East have been announced as judges for WAF 2019, including Dubai-based architects Bassel Omara, Mouaz Abouzaid and Islam El Mashtooly, as well as Jordanian architect Meisa Batayneh and French-Lebanese architect Annabel Karim Kassar.
WAF's extensive jury panel this year consists of 146 judges representing 48 countries, who will review the programme's categories including future culture, civic and commercial projects, as well as completed residential, health, culture and hospitality projects, among many others.
In 2018, a number of projects from the Middle East and neighbouring countries were shortlisted, including Dubai-based Amkna Design Studio’s cultural centre in Senegal. Winning entries included Sheltainer by Omara, Abouzaid and fellow Dubai-based architect Ahmed Hammad, which won the WAFx Ethics and Value award, as well as the Ataturk Cultural Centre by Tabanlioglu Architects, which won the WAFx Cultural Identity award.
WAF will be held from 4 to 6 December, 2019 in Amsterdam.