Welcome to Architects of the Future

Networking with other architects of the future is amazing, and the chance to connect with major business leaders and mentors is also very special.
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Each year the “Architects of the Future Award” is conferred upon ten of the most inspiring young social entrepreneurs from all over the world. It honours exceptional and compassionate young people who dedicate their lives to a higher mission by finding outstanding and innovative solutions for pressing problems. With the presentation of the Award the newly elected “Architects of the Future” become part of an ever-growing community.

The nomination for the “Architects of the Future Award” is conducted in cooperation with Ashoka, Echoing Green, Shift Foundation, Unlimited Ltd. and various other organisations that aim to support social entrepreneurs. The final selection is drawn up by an Austrian Jury that is composed of people from the fields of economy and spirituality.

In selecting the candidates, particular emphasis is placed on the personality of the prospective Award winners, their inner motives and values. Furthermore, the contents of the projects are taken into account as well, thus highlighting issues like impact, creativity and transformational power. An additional focus is put on the even distribution in terms of geographical scope and gender.

Waldzell Collection

In recognition of their extraordinary achievements the “Architects of the Future’s” “lifeworks” will be emblematically displayed in the Waldzell Collection. Located inside the famous library of Stift Melk, the Waldzell Collection acts as a repository for future generations and is composed of selected oeuvres created by major figures of our times.

The Waldzell Collection houses the lifeworks of “Architects of the Future” as well as works of contributors to the Waldzell Meeting itself, like his Holiness the Dalai Lama, Paulo Coelho, Isabel Allende, Frank Gehry, Christo and Jean Claude along with numerous Nobel-Prize-winners.