SoFi Stadium Brings Home a Win from the 2022 World Architecture Festival

HKS-designed SoFi Stadium won first place in the 2022 World Architecture Festival’s Completed Buildings: Sports category. And Emory Musculoskeletal Institute (EMSK) was a finalist in the Completed Buildings: Health category.

The prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF), the world’s largest annual architectural event, took place in Lisbon, Portugal. As finalists in their respective categories, HKS designers who worked on the SoFi Stadium and Emory Musculoskeletal Institute projects presented their projects live in Lisbon before a panel of judges. The winners in each category then had the opportunity to compete for the titles of World Building of the Year, Future Project of the Year, Landscape of the Year or World Interior of the Year.

As the National Football League’s largest and first indoor-outdoor venue, SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California was designed as a source of pride for Southern California.

“The team is honored to receive this award from WAF,” said Lance Evans, HKS Venues Design Director and lead designer of SoFi Stadium. “To have a group of our peers recognize the stadium’s design, ambition and sustainability is truly wonderful.”

HKS Studio Practice Leader – Health, Teresa Campbell, was part of the team that presented Emory Musculoskeletal Institute, located in Atlanta, at the WAF.

“It was an honor to be selected as one of 12 finalists for the WAF Completed Health Buildings category,” says Teresa. “To be considered amongst the world’s most innovative, influential architects and designers is a defining moment. As with all great projects, EMSK is a product of not only an amazing team, but also a visionary client, to whom we are grateful for their trust.”

The World Architecture Festival annually invites architects and designers across the globe to gather, learn and discover from one another. For more than a decade, it has served as a unique architecture event where some of the most influential people in the industry sit on the live presentations and judging. Earning a spot to present at WAF identifies designers and firms as leaders within the industry.

The 2023 WAF will be held in Singapore.