Global Winners Announced!

The International VELUX Award is a biennial competition for students of architecture. We challenge students from all over the world to work with daylight as an ever relevant source of light, life and joy.

The jury

All award entries for the International VELUX Award 2018 will be reviewed by an international jury. The jury is comprised of internationally renowned architects and composed in collaboration with the International Union of Architects (UIA).

Carme Pigem Barceló
RCR Arquitectes

Rick Joy
Rick Joy Architects
United States

Li Hu
OPEN Architecture

Sasa Begovic
3LHD Architects

Martin Pors Jepsen

Carme Pigem Barceló, Spain, is founding partner of the 2017 Pritzker Prize-winning architectural firm RCR Arquitectes, together with Ramón Vilalta and Rafael Aranda. Between 1977 and 1979, she studied at the School of Fine arts of Olot, and in 1987 graduated in architecture at ETSA Vallés. In 1987 she founded RCR Arquitectes together with Ramón Vilalta and Rafael Aranda. Between 1992 and 1999 she worked as professor of Architectural Projects at ETSA Vallés and was a member of the board of examiners for the final examinations from 1995 to 2004. From 1997 to 2003 she was professor of Architectural Projects at the ETSAB and a member of the board of examiners in 2003. Since 2005 she has been a visiting professor in the Department of Architecture at the Zurich Institute of Technology (ETHZ), Switzerland.

RCR Arquitectes received the National Award for culture in Architecture 2005 in Catalonia, Chevalier and Officier de l’Ordre des arts et des lettres 2008 and 2014 by the French Republic, Honorary Fellows by the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) 2010, Honorary Fellows by the RIBA Royal Institute of British Architects 2012 and Gold Medal by the French Académie d’Architecture 2015. In 2017 they created the laboratory RCR LAB·A and in 2013 they have founded RCR BUNKA foundation to increase the architecture, landscape, arts and culture values in society. They have received continuous distinctions for their work most notably the European Architecture Awards: Industry 2017 (Hofheide Crematorium), Spanish International Architecture Award 2015 (Soulages Museum); the International Award 2011 “Belgian Building Awards”; Mies van der Rohe awards in the European Union with a finalist work (Sant Antoni-Joan Oliver Library), four shortlisted works and two nominated; four international prize Contractworld; ten FAD awards; award exaequo IV Premi Europeu de Paisatge Rosa Barba (Rough Rock Park) and Special Mention European Urban Public Space Award 2014 (Theatre La Lira Public Space). They have won various national and international competitions ranging from a Lighthouse in Punta Aldea in 1988, through the Meditel new head-quarters in Casablanca, The Edge Business Bay in Dubai or the Condal linear park and Province Courts in Barcelona to the most recent ex-aequo the Miró country house and studio Museum in Mont-Roig del Camp.

Rick Joy, FAIA, Int. FRIBA, is Principal of Rick Joy Architects, a 25 person architecture, interiors, and planning firm established in 1993 in Tucson, Arizona. From the beginning, each of RJA’s works has received a multitude of architectural design accolades. Joy received the 2002 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture and in 2004 won the prestigious National Design Award from the Smithsonian Institute/Cooper-Hewitt Museum. He periodically serves as a visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Rice, M.I.T., and the University of Arizona, and lectures on the firm’s work throughout the world.

RJA has realized architectural works throughout North America, and has extensive experience working on lifestyle-based projects including single family residences, ultra-luxury resorts, institutional work, and large scale master-plans. In addition to several active residential commissions in Mexico, Spain, and Long Island, New York, the firm has active projects including a luxury resort hotel with private compounds in Mexico, an apartment building in Mexico City, and a new boutique hotel in Austin, Texas. Recently completed works include the new Princeton University Train Station and Campus Gateway Buildings in New Jersey and a residence in Turks and Caicos.

Li Hu, founding partner of OPEN, former partner of Steven Holl Architects, and director of Columbia University GSAPP’s Studio-X Beijing. Li received his B. Arch. from Tsinghua University in Beijing in 1996 and his M. Arch. from Rice University in 1998. During his partnership at Steven Holl Architects, Li Hu was responsible for some of the firm’s influential urban projects in Asia, including Linked Hybrid in Beijing, Vanke Center in Shenzhen, Raffles City in Chengdu and Sifang Art Museum in Nanjing. Li left SHA at the end of 2010 to focus on the practice of OPEN with partner HUANG Wenjing.

Some built and ongoing projects by OPEN include: Gehua Youth and Cultural Center, Garden School/Beijing No.4 High School Fangshan Campus, Stepped Courtyards, HEX-SYS, Tsinghua Ocean Center, Pingshan Performing Arts Center, Tank Shanghai and Dialogue by the Sea. OPEN has been widely recognized for its innovative work, with such recent awards as the 2017 Iconic Awards Best of Best, the 2016 Interior Design’s Best of Year, the 2015 AIANY Design Award, the 2015 London Design Museum’s Design of the Year Nomination, among others, and invited participations in international exhibitions like the Venice Biennale and the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. Li is a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, and a frequent speaker and critic at universities worldwide.

Sasa Begovic is founding partner and principal architect of 3LHD architects, Croatian based architecture practice since 1994. 3LHD work focuses its activities on integration and interaction of architecture, urban planning, landscape, design and art. Projects, such as Memorial Bridge in Rijeka, Sports Hall Bale, Croatian Pavilions on EXPO 2005 in Aichi Japan and 2008 in Zaragoza, Spain, Riva waterfront in Split, Zagreb Dance Centre, Centre Zamet and Hotel Lone are some of the important highlights of the practice. 3LHD currently works on project in Zurich, Rovinj, Guangzhou, Dubrovnik and Zagreb. Work of his office has been presented on important Universities, exhibitions and institutions all over the world: Harvard University Boston, Van Alen Institute NY, ETH Zurich, Berlage Institute Rotterdam, COAC Barcelona, RIBA London, International Architectural Biennales in Venice and Rotterdam etc.

For his work he received several Croatian and international recognitions and awards; A+Award in the Architecture + Landscape, European Hotel Design Award for best new built hotel in Europe, World Architecture Festival award in Barcelona, 3 times IOC/IAKS international awards, Architectural Review award, I.D. Annual Award, USA, etc.

Begovic graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, University in Zagreb, Croatia. Since 2010 he holds Associate Professorship, Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, at the School of Architecture FGAG, University in Split, Croatia. Since Fall 2017 he is Visiting Associate Professor at Cornell University, AAP, Department of Architecture, Ithaca, USA.

Begovic has been a visiting critic, workshop leader and gave lectures for last 17 years at various schools and Universities in Europe and US such as: ETH Zurich, North Eastern University, Boston, Technical Universities in Vienna, Munich, Darmstadt, Stuttgart. He was Visiting Lecturer at TU Graz, Austria 2001-2005 and held Visiting Professorship at the Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana, Slovenia 2013 and Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb, Croatia 2011-2016.

Martin Pors Jepsen is vice president of VELUX Innovation Center. He holds a M.Sc. in International Business and Modern Languages and he has held several commercial positions in the VELUX Group; a.o as general manager for VELUX China and global product manager for VELUX Solar energy. From 2010 – 2016, Martin Pors Jepsen was general manager for VELUX Modular Skylights.

The jury process

The jury will evaluate the projects in accordance with the following criteria:

  • The work with daylighting as a premise for architecture.
  • How the project is researched and documented.
  • How the project addresses contemporary and future challenges.
  • The level of experimentation and innovation.
  • The overall graphic presentation of the project, how the project presents itself.

All award entries are reviewed by an international jury and their election of the winners is based on the above criteria.

Past jury members 2004-2016

Since 2004, the following architects have been part of the jury; Glenn Murcutt, Craig Dykers, Ole Bouman, Ahmet Gülgönen, John Pawson, James F. Horan, Kengo Kuma, Per Olaf Fjeld, Roisin Heneghan, Omar Rabie, Douglas Steidl, Hani Rashid, Enrique Browne, Eva Jiricna, Huat Lim, Francis Nordemann, Momoyo Kaijima, Natalie de Vries, Will Bruder, Magda Mostafa, Stefano Musso, Alvaro Siza Viera, Peter Stutchmury, Brigitte Shim, Juan Miró, Catherine Slessor, Omar Gandhi, Christine Murray, Zbigniew Reszka, Francesco Veenstra and Per Arnold Andersen.