Velux

The International VELUX Award for students of architecture challenges students to explore the theme of daylight - to create a deeper understanding of this ever-relevant source of energy, light and life.

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The Inspirations of Architecture with Christine Murray

“Inspiration can come from anywhere,” says Christine Murray, International VELUX Award 2016 for Students of Architecture jury member and editor-in-chief for one of the world’s leading architectural magazines, The Architectural Review (AR).

Christine Murray is the editor-in-chief for one of the world’s leading architectural magazines, The Architectural Review (AR)

On 18 November, she and the four other International VELUX Award jury members will meet the 10 regional winners who will present their projects and discuss their daylight-inspirations from the stage at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin. The two global winners of the 2016 Award will be selected based on these presentations and discussions with the jury which will be live streamed on IVA.VELUX.com.

In June, Christine visited Copenhagen as part of the international jury panel that reviewed nearly 600 entries from students.

“I was happy to see a real hands-on approach to these daylight investigations: model making, cutting into cardboard and lighting,” she said.

This year’s student projects included a wide-range of daylight-driven explorations that impressed Murray by utilizing strong imagery and modeling techniques to represent their work.

Christine Murray and the four other International VELUX Award jury members reviewed nearly 600 projects from 27-28 June

“There was a shared passion for that kind of investigation in the jury,” said Murray.

And it is this passion for the possibilities and complexities in architecture that initially attracted Murray to architectural media.

“I started writing about architecture because I loved the intersection of social, economic and political forces with the art and craft of building,” said Murray who is also the founder of the Women in Architecture Awards.

Christine Murray discusses a International VELUX Award 2016 student project with other jury members on 28 June

In her role at AR, Christine draws inspiration from photography, travel and, of course, visiting architecture but she also finds creative opportunities through the daily interactions and collaborations with her team.

“Taking the time to talk and brainstorm as a team is also a way to enrich sometimes instinctual knee-jerk ideas into more impactful editorial content,” said Murray.

Christine Murray - International VELUX Award 2016 for Students of Architecture jury member

Although each issue of AR is curated with a selection of the best architectural ideas in the world, it doesn’t necessarily mean only perfection in architecture gets published. As the editor-in-chief of AR, Christine targets intriguing architectural narratives even if they have faults or quirks.

“The architecture must be interesting – not necessarily fully resolved, not perfect, but propositional and relevant, containing a spark,” she notes.

In the end, the influence of daylight in architecture is significant for Murray, who suggests architecture has deeper connections to us then just what we see and experience visually.

“The path of the sun is critical to the creation of great architecture - not only for the practical considerations, but also because we are circadian animals, driven by the earth’s 24-hour clock, with light and dark inducing a range of emotional and physiological effects,” says Murray.

By Shaun Weston Nystrom