The WAN Effectiveness Awards designed by Editorial is located in London, United Kingdom. The WAN Effectiveness Awards, in partnership with global multidisciplinary engineering consultancy Buro Happold, is the first major international competition of its kind, aiming to find the best in architectural design that has profoundly impacted society, transcending the requirements of the client brief and aesthetic appeal. Entrants were asked to demonstrate the ways in which their building has benefited its users, the surrounding community and beyond, in relation to one or more of the following aspects: Social, Technological, Environmental, Economic and Productivity.
While empirical evidence in terms of post-occupancy evaluation surveys proved highly important in the judging session, the panel unanimously agreed that effectiveness of communication is as crucial as that of the building itself. They wanted to see a story unfolding through the entry material, from the initial concept through to completion and beyond.