WAF 2018

WAF Speakers Announced

 John Hill
5. September 2018
Clockwise from top-left: Jeanne Gang, Rem Koolhaas, Francine Houben, Li Xiadong, Anni Sinnemäki, Peter Cook, Marieke van Doorninck, David Adjaye (Image courtesy of WAF)
David Adjaye and Rem Koolhaas are among the speakers that will headline the 2018 World Architecture Festival (WAF) taking place in Amsterdam in November.
WAF moves to Amsterdam after two years in Berlin, four years in Singapore, and four years in Barcelona. Taking place 28-30 November, WAF 2018 will include numerous keynotes and other speakers and panel discussions, happening alongside the usual juried crits that will culminate in the World Building of the Year. Accordingly, a number of the speakers hail from the Netherlands, including Koolhaas, who will be giving the closing keynote, as well as Caroline Bos, Kees Christiaanse, Francince Houben, and Amsterdam's Deputy Mayor, Marieke van Doorninck.

Below is a list of some of the speakers, but visit WAF's website for the full program.
  • Sir David Adjaye, Principal, Adjaye Associates
  • Aaron Betsky, Dean of The School of Architecture at Taliesin
  • Caroline Bos, Co-founder of UNStudio
  • Kees Christiaanse, Founder of KCAP Architects and Planners
  • Sir Peter Cook, Director, CRAB Studio
  • Marieke van Doorninck, Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam
  • Jeanne Gang, Founding Principal, Studio Gang
  • Reinier de Graaf, Partner, Office for Metropolitan Architecture
  • Francine Houben, Founding Partner and Creative Director of Mecanoo
  • Razia Iqbal, BBC News arts commentator
  • Rem Koolhaas, Founder of Office of Metropolitan Architecture
  • Lesley Lokko, Head of Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg
  • Chad Oppenheim, Principal of Oppenheim Architecture + Design
  • Anni Sinnemäki Deputy Mayor of Helsinki
  • John Wardle, Principal of John Wardle Architects
  • Li Xiadong, Professor of Architecture, Tsinghua University

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