Ravensbourne meets World Architecture Festival 2013

Pooja Kanabar

On 30 September 2013 our Architecture/IDEA’s subject leader Layton Reid and a group of his BA (Hons) students jetted off to Singapore to attend the World Architecture Festival. The trip was a real honour as no other Higher Education Institution was asked to participate in this event.


The WAF (World Architecture Festival) is an annual event which allows Architects to be inspired by the year's most exciting global projects, look to the future of global architecture and exchange ideas with 1,750 architects representing more than 60 countries. The festival was filled with leading voices from industry, facilitating thought provoking seminars and allowing room for plenty of opportunity to connect with peers, clients, critics, press and suppliers to strengthen, students understanding and provide solid links for future prospects of work.

This was a great experience that could not be found anywhere else and being able to see the sheer variety of projects from across the world under one roof provided a greater insight into projects then what you could find in a book. The atmosphere was brimming with fresh ideas and plenty of inspiration, which allowed for a unique transfer of knowledge and skill sets from different cities.

Subject leader Leyton Reid gave a talk in the category of ‘best experimental architect’ and discussed architecture and interior, which was attended by over 2000 people.

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The students were provided with an invaluable opportunity to network with architects, designers and landscape architects. They worked at the 'Marina Bay Convention Centre’ as room supervisors throughout the four days and were responsible for making sure everything ran smoothly, ensuring that the technical teams were on schedule and that each presenter and judges questionnaires occurred in the fairest way possible.

Each talk was presented by various architect practises presenting their project. The projects had been short-listed prior to the event by INSIDE (interior design) & WAF (World Architecture Festival’s) first stage of the competition which had taken place in London. The practises were required to give detailed presentations of their designs from various categories spanning Housing, Offices, Shops, Restaurants, Transport, Hotels, Culture and Education.

It wasn’t all hard work and no play. The students were also given the wonderful experience of exploring a new culture and were treated to having a dip in the pool at the Marina Bay Sanderson Hotel, which has been described as ‘swimming on the edge of the world’ by the students. Overall they thoroughly enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to going back next year. 

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