Every second year since 2004, the VELUX Group has invited students of architecture to participate in the International VELUX Award. The award seeks to challenge the students to explore the role of daylight in architecture and inspire new thinking. The aim of the award is to engage with students of architecture about how to use sunlight and daylight as main sources of energy and light and how to ensure health and well-being of the people who live and work in buildings.
With the International VELUX Award 2016 for Students of Architecture, the VELUX Group wants to pay tribute to daylight and to strengthen the role of daylight in building design according to our vision of promoting daylight, fresh air and quality of life.
The award is global and open to any registered student of architecture backed by a teacher from a school of architecture. The total prize money is 30,000 Euro. The jury, comprising internationally renowned architects, will award a number of prize winners and honourable mentions.
Since the International VELUX Award for Students of Architecture was first launched in 2004, it has grown into what is probably the largest competition of its kind for the architects who will shape the buildings of our future. Since the first award, some 5,000 students from more than 80 countries have submitted close to 4,000 projects on the award theme “Light of Tomorrow”.
Over the ten years since the award was first launched, winners have been presented from: Norway, Denmark, China, Bulgaria, South Korea, Poland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, USA, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom and Croatia, as well as honourable mentions from: Poland, Germany, Norway, Hungary, Spain, United Kingdom, USA, Australia, Sweden, France, South Korea, Italy, Japan, Argentina, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, Lithuania, China, Switzerland, Romania, Belgium, Portugal and Bulgaria.
International VELUX Award is arranged in close collaboration with the International Union of Architects (UIA), who will also guide the jury setup for 2016.