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– I am thrilled to hear that there is great international interest in Norwegian architecture. To promote our architecture abroad has been an important task for this government. Norwegian architecture is based on the Norwegian model of society, and creates inclusive and sustainable buildings and environments. This acknowledgement shows that we are on the right path, says the Minister of Culture, Trine Skei Grande.

World Architecture Festival is an annual event and awards ceremony for architects from all over the world. The Norwegian projects are nominated in 11 of WAF’s 35 project categories, from master planning to villas, demonstrating the wide scope of current architecture practice in Norway.

– This is totally unprecedented and testifies to the great international interest in Norwegian architecture, says Tor Inge Hjemdal, CEO of Design and Architecture Norway.

The selection and final presentation of the awards will take place at the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam from the 28th to the 30th November 2018.

A new export program for Norwegian architecture

Five out of seven nominated Norwegian companies are participating in the export program Architecture Go Global. The program is managed by Innovation Norway and Design and Architecture Norway and is an assignment from the Norwegian Ministry of Culture. Architecture Go Global is the first of its kind for architecture companies in Norway. 

– We are especially proud of the five Architecture Go Global nominees. Norwegian architecture is of world class quality, and has tremendous international growth potential, says Anita Krohn Traaseth, CEO Innovation Norway.

The following nominees are participating in Architecture Go Global: Haugen/Zohar Architects, Helen & Hard, Lund Hagem Architects, Reiulf Ramstad Architects and Rodeo Architects.

The nominated companies

Haugen/Zohar Architects

Helen & Hard AS 

Lund Hagem 

Lund Hagem and Atelier Oslo

  • Deichman Library, Oslo, Norway
    Nominated in the categories Culture – Future Projects and Glass Future Prize
    The project is designed in a 50/50 collaboration with Atelier Oslo

Reiulf Ramstad Architects 

Rodeo and Lala Oslo

  • Action plan for car free Oslo 
    Nominated in the categories Infrastructure – Future Projects and Masterplanning – Future Projects
    The same project is nominated in the category Area Planning – Future Projects

Nordic office of Architecture 

CODE Architects 

About Architecture Go Global

Architecture Go Global is a program tailored to help Norwegian architecture companies focus on export and international markets. The program is a collaboration between the Norwegian Ministry of Culture, Innovation Norway and Design and Architecture Norway (DOGA) and aims to meet the challenges of the profession and improve competitiveness in international markets.

Architecture Go Global was launched in the autumn of 2017 and runs until the end of 2018. Application was open to all architecture companies in Norway. The following seven companies were selected by an international expert panel to take part in Architecture Go Global:

Contact Architecture Go Global:

Innovation Norway: Margit Klingen Damms
DOGA: Ingerid Helsing Almaas 

You can find more information about Architecture Go Global here.

About the World Architecture Festival

World Architecture Festival (WAF) is an annual festival and awards ceremony for the architecture industry. The first festival was held in Barcelona in 2008. Several hundred projects are entered in the competition for the awards and more than 200 of these are shortlisted for live presentation at the festival. The architects pay a submission fee to enter a project for a WAF Award. The entries are voluntary, and the festival does not control who submits projects.

The WAF awards sit at the heart of the festival, the only global awards program where architects present their completed buildings and future projects live to a panel of internationally renowned judges and delegates from around the world.

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