What makes WADE National Architecture Competition stand out?

By wadeasia 4 April, 2023

The countdown for WADE ASIA has already begun. The WADE National Architecture Competition is one of the most important architectural competition to be held in the country. Here are few highlights of why is it so crucial and different from the rest.

Where it all began

WADE ASIA Awards was launched in the year 2017 with the intent to recognize & award the contributions & work done by Women in the fields of Architecture, Art & Design in India. Every year, we tend to receive almost 2000-3000 submissions for the 28 categories of WADE Awards.


There are a loads of reasons why the Architecture Competition at WADE ASIA is held in such high esteem, one of the prime being the Jury.

Some of the very notable Architects and designers from all across India and abroad come together to form the jury of WADE ASIA. Some of the part jurors of WADE ASIA include Ar Christopher Charles Benninger, Brinda Miller, Ar Shirish Beri, Ar Dorji Yangki, Bhutan, Ar Jaisim Krishnarao, Ar Nela D’Zoysa, Sri Lanka, Ar Nitin Killawala, Ar Raman Sikka, Ar Anju Mala Pradhan, Nepal, Ar Shamit Manchanda, Ar Dean D’Cruz and more.

Competition Features

Started with the primary objective of recognizing and celebrating women-led design, the Architecture Competition of WADE has now become a phenomenon in its own. With almost 20+ Categories, 1500+ Projects Submission, 100+ Jury, 250+ Shortlists, 18+ States of India Participation, 6 Presentation Halls, 25000+ visitors, 45+ Winners and 15+ Media Coverage, the name WADE is synonymous to success.

It takes more than 6 months from the time the entries are invited till the final jury presentation. It takes so much time as our jury deliberates over each project very thoroughly and leave no stone unturned to select the best from the lot.

Some of the categories of Architecture competition at WADE ASIA are

Residential (Interiors, Architecture, Luxury)



Best use of Colours

Best use of Lighting



Young WADE Award (under 40 years)

Retail Design

Most Sustainable Projects

& more…

Here are what most jurors say about WADE Architecture Competition

I would like to thank WADe Asia and the very energetic young lady who is behind this. I think it is very good to have a conference where women can participate in a such a prominent manner. Very happy to see the presentations.

– Raj Rewal, Legendary Architect

I spent amongst old and new friends at the WADe conference. Everything was so nice, beginning with the hotel and the logistics. Everything was really nice and be proud of yourself and your team for such a wonderful job.

– Christopher Charles Benninger, Founder, CCBA, Pune

Heartiest congratulations on putting up such a fabulous event. You deserve all the laurels that come ur way. May I say the show has just begun!Kudos to ur team! They deserve a standing ovation too. Great show!

– Payal Kapoor, Founder, Vision

“Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to be part of your initiative. I really enjoyed meeting some stellar creatives.”

-Pallavi Dean, Roar, Dubai

This is my first time attending WADE ASIA and the experience is fantastic. There is an immense opportunity to interact with the colleagues from the industry. I came here as a juror and the number of enteries are pretty good with some really interesting work at display. It was really nice interacting with the upcoming talent.

– Ar Fahed Majeed, Fahed + Architects, Dubai & Kochi

The WADe Asia Conference gave me the opportunity to reconnect with many long lost Indian friends through my journey in life. It gave me opportunities and platform to make new friends which was wonderful. I was surprised at the number of person who came had said that that they enjoyed my presentation. Thanks to Madhu & Neha for so skillfully conducting the WADe Conference!

– Nela De Zoysa, Sri Lanka

WADE ASIA is a very-well organized event. There are many pavilions showcasing the latest products and the technical sessions are very good. I am a part of the WADE ASIA Jury. The quality of presentations was very good. There are so many youngsters coming up and creating beautiful designs. They will be the part of a promising future and impart a major change. WADE ASIA must continue its endeavour as there are not many players who are dedicated for it.

– Dr Benny Kuriakose, Benny Kuriakose & Associates, Chenna

The “Feel Good” factor, that was prevalent all throughout the wonderfully executed event of WADE ASIA 2022, continues to make me feel good even now! I thoroughly enjoyed being a small part of this mega event, meeting my old friends, making new ones along the way, getting awed by the scale of the exhibition and impressed by the architectural quality and innovation of the entrants..!! The fact that there were more than 1,200 entries speaks a lot about the popularity of the WADE ASIA competition. The jury was held in a very transparent and well organized manner, and as a juror, I felt satisfied at the outcome.

– Ar Bharat Sheth, V-Create Architects, Surat

Dear Vertica and Madhu, it was one of the best conferences I have attended. Love from Bhutan.

– Ar. Dorji Yangki, President, Bhutan Institute Of Architects, Bhutan

Vertica Dvivedi, it’s a beautiful and thoughtful initiative that you are seeing through year after year…wish there were more like you… for women in different spheres.

– Ar Santha Gour Mattoo, Planet 3 Studios, Mumbai

“I really enjoyed the open juries prior to the awards as it is not common to see fellow professionals share their work and have an audience viewing the work. This additionally enabled a very transparent process for all the participants.”

-Swanzal Kak Kapoor, Saka Studio, Gurgaon

Here Are Some Of The Comments From WADE Winners Through Competition:

The ‘sense of integrity’ I had felt when I attended WADE 2022 was absolutely heart-warming. Such events need to be there in the narrative of growth of our civilization.

– Somya Sharma, Red Lotus Stories, Ahmedabad, Winner – Artist – Painting (Excellence)

I congratulate WADE ASIA for increasing their presence in Art. It is definitely building up a fraternity of Women practitioners.

– Nivedita Pande, N + U Design Studio, New Delhi, First Runner Up – Artist – Painting (Excellence)

WADE ASIA itself is an INTERACTION with the world around us. It is super productive for networking.

– Poojan Gupta, Student, Jaipur

Events to celebrate the success of women are much needed becasuse Women in Design have always been considered a minority in a field that’s dominated by men.

– Vina Verghese Biswas, VSPB ASSOCIATES, New Delhi

The 6th season of WADE ASIA AWARDS will be held on 18, 19, 20 August 2023 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. To know more visit, www.wadeasia.com