3 Award Winning World Architecture Festival Projects

In episode 20 of Think Big Podcast, I share three award-winning projects from the World Architecture Festival using persuasive language examples from episode 19. The episode is full of vocabulary to describe buildings, houses, and landscape architecture projects and persuasive language techniques to inspire and convince you to find out more.

In the episode, we discuss:

✨ 3 Award-Winning World Architecture Festival Projects

✨ Why I believe you should find out more about these projects

✨ Real Business English examples for architecture and design that you can use at work or university.

Recommended Episodes:

Episode 19: 9 Effective Persuasive Language Techniques Architects Can Use to Convince an Audience


Episode 3: How to Use Storytelling to Connect to your Clients with Fiona Dunin FMD Architects


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A list of all the resources we discussed in the episode:



📝 ArchDaily Articles

📝 List of World Architecture Festival Award Winners


📝 Scion Innovation Hub


📝 Coopworth House


📝 Sanya Mangrove Park - Turenscape



📚 Letter's to the Leaders of China: Kongjian Yu and the Future of the Chinese City.


keep an eye out- lookout for something with particular attention

keep up - move or progress at the same rate as someone or something else.

hybrid - a thing made by combining two different elements.


exemplary - a desirable model, excellent, very good.

takes something seriously - regard someone or something as important and worthy of attention.

replicable - able to be copied or reproduced exactly.

cutting-edge - the latest or most advanced stage in the development of something.

draws inspiration from something - takes inspiration from something

cut and fill - /cut - remove soil / fill to add soil

riparian - the edge between the sea and the river

environmental service - natural processes

bogged down in something - stuck doing something

Advanced Vocabulary Extra: lookout for what clauses to emphasise the point

What is a what clause?

A what clause is a type of noun clause that begins with the word what.

One beneficial function of a what clause is to shift a reader or listener's attention to a specific part of a sentence. What clauses can also be used to add emphasis and rhythm. "We can use a clause beginning with what to give extra power. "We can ... use a what-clause followed by be to focus attention on specific information in a sentence (= another form of a cleft sentence). This pattern is particularly common in conversation. The information we want to focus attention on is outside the what-clause. Have a look at these examples and compare:

  • We gave them the drawings, and a 3D model.

  • What we gave them were the drawings and a 3D model.

We often use a what clause if we want to introduce a new topic; to give a reason, instruction, or explanation; or to correct something that has been said or done. In the case of many of my clients, I would say it's particularly useful for giving instructions to someone if you lead a team or emphasise something important with the client. In the following examples, the information in focus is in italics:

  • What I'd like you to work on is the new project we received yesterday.

  • 'We've only got time next week, will that work?' 'No, what I was looking for was sa meeting next week'



Why today's topic

What are the World Architecture Festival Awards?

Project 1 - Scion Innovation Hub by RTA Studio + Irving Smith Architects in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Project 2 - Coopworth House FMD Architects

Project 3 - Sanya Mangrove Park - Turenscape


Note: this is not a word for word transcript


Hello, big thinkers, and welcome to episode 20 of Think Big English for architects. The last episode of the year!

I'm your host, Tara Cull, Australian language teacher/coach and landscape architect. And I'm bringing all these things together to help you build more outstanding communication skills.

If English is your second language and you're an architect, landscape architect, interior designer, student, or work in the built environment, you're in the right place.

To find out more about my coaching programmes, go to www.archienglish.com.

And as always, you'll find the free transcript with key vocabulary, grammar points and expressions at archienglish.com/podcast.

Today we'll be talking about three of the worth award-winning projects from the World Architecture Festival. I've put some extra information in the vocabulary notes for this episode to keep an eye out for how I use 'what clauses to emphasise specific points in this episode.

Let me first ask you, how much notice do you take about what's happening in the world of architecture and design? Do you follow awards, articles or news in the industry?

It can be hard to keep up! You might also feel like there is no relevance for helping you feel more confident with your language skills, but today I'm going to show you how it should be a big part of your journey to improving your language skills.

For the past year, I've had ArchDaily saved in my bookmarks, and I check it daily to search for interesting articles and examples of language I can share with my clients. I take 5-10 minutes to scan through and read a few articles. Each time I do, I realise how much useful language you can take from just one article or even by watching a video or listening to a podcast! It's one of the best ways to learn in context! For me, what's important is not just that you read and speak the language but to also think. I try to encourage my clients to read and think about what they are reading because, after all, we have to share our opinions so often when speaking to clients and colleagues. We have to also keep up with emerging technologies, design ideas and trends.

This is backed up in research too! Dr Jared Harveth is an education neuroscientist at The University of Melbourne. According to him, there are three crucial things when it comes to remembering important information:

  • Repetition

  • Focus - making links between what we already know and what we want to learn

  • Deep Learning and covert activation, which I'll talk about in another episode.

Deep learning is what I've spoken about earlier in the podcast, extending your knowledge and learning through critical thinking. For me, it's the key to developing a richer vocabulary.

On the 9th of December, I was delighted to read in ArchDaily about the World Architecture Festival winners that our guest from Episode 3, Fiona Dunin, had won an award for her practices project Coopworth house. So it was the inspiration for today's episode. I'll share three award-winning projects from different categories 2 in architecture and one landscape architecture project.

Why today's topic?

To help you grow your confidence to explain your ideas, decisions and choices.

I also want to encourage you to read as much as possible, and articles from Archdaily are a great start because they also have links to materials and suppliers.

My suggestion is - don't just read the article - pull it apart!

Don't just circle words but phrases and ways to describe materials and processes.

Go much deeper! You can use tools like Reverso Context to save words and phrases or common collocations or write these examples in your vocabulary diary.

What are the World Architecture Festival awards?

The World Architecture Festival is the world's largest international architectural event.

This year the event was hosted online, and in 2022 it will be hosted as a hybrid online and in-person conference from Lisbon, Portugal.

Chosen from almost 500 shortlisted projects from 62 countries, the winning projects reflect this year's theme: 'Resetting the City: Greening, Health and Urbanism'.

In addition to the various categories, Copenhill, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, was awarded the 2021 World Building, while SLA was awarded Landscape of the Year for its design of Al Fay Park.

Many projects receive awards at the World Architecture Festival across several categories, including office buildings, hotels, college campuses, museums, hospitals, apartment buildings, industrial buildings, and waterfront revitalisation projects. These are all projects with impressive designs by well-known architectural practices worldwide.

This year, the winning projects include a capsule hotel in China, a tennis arena in Australia, a train station in the United States, and a waterfront project in Russia.

In today's episode, I'll share 3 of my favourite projects: from 3 different categories:

1. Higher Education and Research

2. House and Villa; and

3. Landscape architecture

I'll discuss why I choose these projects to share, key features and why I believe they are exemplary examples that you should know. I acknowledge that I form my opinions through the lens of a landscape architect from Australia, so many of these projects strongly resonate with my attitude to sustainability and connecting projects to stories and local context based on my cultural understandings.

What I hope is that you feel inspired to find out more!

Project 1 - Scion Innovation Hub by RTA Studio + Irving Smith Architects in Rotorua, New Zealand.

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