Born in Blackburn in Lancashire, Mr Walker grew up in Leeds, studying architecture at Leeds Arts School before distinguishing himself as head of architecture at the Royal College of Art in the 80s.
Keen to build it in Dubai, which is famed for pushing the boundaries of architecture, 30-year-old Mr Kotala said his design will be something totally original and should be built somewhere where a tradition of tennis-playing already exists – hence Dubai.
The 40th laureate of the prize and the second from Germany, Otto learned that he would be receiving the prize in January but he sadly died before it could be presented to him.
He is renowned for his work on the roofing of the Munich Olympic Park main sports facilities, as well as the German pavilion at the 1967 International and Universal Exposition, a series of tent structures in the 50s for the German Federal Exhibitions and the Japan Pavilion at Expo 2000 in Hannover.
There are various categories you can enter depending on your speciality – Education and Public Sector, Commercial and Leisure, Private, Small Project, Interiors and Existing Building. There are also a variety of categories relating to furniture that might be more applicable – Bespoke, Student Designer and Production Made.
Free to attend, the event will see the finalists of the World Architecture Festival displayed exclusively for the first time, with a programme of talks also being put on looking at how the environment can be improved through architecture and design, as well as issues affecting communities and cities, and new architecture.