Global Student Design Charette Continues for WAF 2024

Deadline for submissions for the WAF Global Student Design Charette is on June 21, 2024

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Editor’s note: What follows is an edited release from the World Architecture Festival with additions from the Kanto team

Heads up, architecture students! The World Architecture Festival (WAF) continues the global student design charrette as part of its 2024 program. The festival says the Charette is “an integral part of the festival,” and student teams are invited to submit proposals related to the theme ‘Tomorrow’ by June 21 2024.

Last year, the Philippines returned victorious to the global student charette program with the University of Northern Philippines taking home the grand prize. The winning team (Marvin Bayle, Anthony Delgado, John Mark Fabie. Jade Gacusan, Jaimeeh Paet, Gianne Peralta, Raiven Ponce, and Trishia Quiming, mentored by Ar. John Derick R. Dasugo) presented BALAY ARAPAAP, an “inclusive informal learning center for the remote island of Puro Caoayan.”

The Philippines’ first shortlist placement and grand prize win in 2013 was with the University of San Carlos‘ (Keshia Stephanie Lim, Miguel Jorge Rocha, Jon Medalla, and Kathleen Canlas, mentored by architects Buck Sia and Alex Medalla) Village in a Box. 

Kanto Creative Corners Call for Entries WAF 2024 Global Student Design Charette
BALAY ARAPAAP. Image courtesy of the University of Northern Philippines team. Header: University of Northern Philippines team receiving their award at the WAF 2023 Gala Night.

What is the Global Student Design Charette?

Student teams (up to six students plus one or two teachers) are invited to submit proposals by 21 June 2024. Submission is FREE. A maximum of eight teams will be invited to take part in the charrette.

Supported by international practice Broadway Malyan, this year’s charrette will focus on some aspect of built environment futures, in line with the WAF conference theme, ‘Tomorrow’.

Teams are invited to identify a building, place, neighborhood, or landscape which would benefit from a radical intervention to improve (a) its condition and (b) its potential to accommodate new uses, ideas or technologies. “One idea could be taking the Singapore Railway revamp as a topic of your submission!” WAF adds.

Kanto Creative Corners Call for Entries WAF 2024 Global Student Design Charette
The team from Cebu’s University of San Carlos for Village in a Box at the WAF 2013 Global Student Design Charette.

What are the entry requirements?

  • Teams can pick their own building type/site/area as the subject for their entry.
  • Please supply a written document describing the brief, the location, and the potential client (500 words maximum)
  • Provide any relevant visual material indicating the key challenges of the project and the approach the team would take to meeting them. This can be multiple visuals but please combine as one document to upload.
  • Complete the entry form here.
Village in a Box by the University of San Carlos

What happens next?

Before WAF

  • Successful teams will be informed by 9 August
  • The team will need to make their own accommodation and travel arrangements to attend the Festival at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore from November 6 to 8 2024
  • All teams and their tutors (one or two) will be provided with complimentary three-day delegate passes
  • A final briefing will be provided at 5 PM on Tuesday 5 November in Singapore, venue to be advised
  • This briefing will provide an additional element that teams will need to incorporate into their final proposals

At the Festival in Singapore

  • Working areas for all teams will be provided in the Festival hall 
  • Basic design materials (paper, marker pens etc.) will be made available
  • Teams will have two days to finalize their proposals
  • On the morning of Friday, November 8, teams will present their ideas to an international jury
  • Presentations should be 10 minutes maximum, followed by 10 minutes of question and answers
  • The panel will select a winning team, which will be invited to the Gala Awards Dinner on Friday night

Other matters

  • All teams will receive a certificate of attendance as finalists in the charrette
  • Selected work will appear in the post-Festival online Winners Supplement and on the WAF website
  • Any queries should be emailed to Paul Finch, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival (


Kanto is once again proud to take part in this celebration by becoming an official WAF media partner for a fourth time and you can be sure we will cover the charettes when Pinoy representation is guaranteed!

WAF 2024 will take place from November 6 to 8 at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, Singapore. 

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