The World Architecture Festival (WAF) is one of the most important events in architecture. It is attended by more than 2,200 architects from practices big and small, providing a meeting place for prominent professionals and emerging talents in architecture and interior design.
“At ROCKWOOL, we believe that sustainability is of utmost importance in building design. Taking part in events such as WAF helps advance the sustainability agenda in the building industry where we need solutions that ensure energy efficiency, safety and wellbeing – as well as contribute to creating greater circularity in the economy. Architects play a big role in changing the future of the built environment for the better,” says Mirella Vitale, Senior Vice President for ROCKWOOL Group.
Vitale continues, “We’re proud to sponsor the AREA awards, which help catapult the careers of young architects as well as encourage innovation in an industry that needs to evolve fast. We need to rethink the way we build and use buildings, and events such as the AREA awards generate and inspire great ideas that will help us get there.”
For 20 years, the AREA awards have been given to rising architectural talents under the age of 45, propelling their ideas onto the global stage. Previous recipients of the AREA awards include some of the biggest names in architecture today such as Bjarke Ingels, Sou Fujimoto and Anna Heringer.
ROCKWOOL is also sponsoring a student charrette titled “Moving Parts” for architecture students all over the world. Participants make a series of proposals to improve the energy efficiency, health and wellbeing, safety and environmental impact of a building and an urban area of their choice, while addressing the architectural implications of the flow and movement within them. The shortlisted groups will be working on their projects during WAF at the ROCKWOOL stand (B30).