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IVA 2018

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. The award runs every second year and it is one of the most important global student competitions of its kind. The International VELUX Award 2018 will be kicked-off during spring 2017 – so be ready!

Contact

If you have any further questions regarding the award, competition and submission process please send us an email to iva@velux.com.

FAQ

Q: How can I be sure that my registration has gone through?

A: If you have received a confirmation email, you are registered. If not, please check your spam mail folder for the email.

Q: Do I have to pay to submit my project?

A: No, participation in the International VELUX Award is free – but you need to be registered before April 1, 2016 in order to participate.

Q: Do I have to be a student for being allowed to participate?

A: Yes, you must be signed up as a student (bachelor or master) in the study year 2015-16. PhD students are not allowed to participate - neither individually nor in teams.

Q: Can students of engineering or other disciplines participate?

A: Yes, we welcome interdisciplinary teams, but there must be students of architecture included as well and the project must be backed by a named teacher from a named school of architecture.

Q: Can I participate if I have not registered before the registration deadline?

A: No, you need to register before 1 April 2016 to be able to submit your project.

Q: Do every member of a project team need to sign up personally?

A: No, only the team captain per project should register. The team captain will be the contact person and he/she will be responsible for the provided information about team members, teachers and school names.

Q: Can we add a student name to our team or change a teacher when we have already registered?

A: Yes, you can edit the details in your registration until registration deadline 1 April 2016.

Q: Are you allowed to design a project specifically for the International VELUX Award or revisit an old project from previous years in college?

A: You are free to use or further elaborate a previous project, if you believe in it. We recommend, however, that you prepare a specific new project.

Q: Can I include a country name as part of the location of my project, or is that forbidden due to anonymity?

A: You may specify the location of your project.

Q: What are the requirements to the project; should it be a specific kind of project, with a specific size?

A: The International VELUX Award is open for your personal ideas about daylight in architecture and following the two categories: “Daylight in buildings” or “Daylight investigations”. See more in the International VELUX Award brief.

Q: Can I participate with more than one project?

A: Yes, you may submit more than one project (or be participant in more teams) if you have registered specifically for the different projects - and if every project is backed by named teachers. However, we recommend that you participate only with one elaborated project.

Q: Does the teacher have to be a professor or PhD to back up a student project?

A: A named teacher at a named school of architecture is enough, not necessarily a professor or a PhD.

Q: Can a teacher back two student projects and is it possible to have two teachers backing the submitted project?

A: Yes to both questions. Teachers may back several student projects, and one project may be supported by two teachers.

Q: Can I use other characters than English characters?

A: No, you have to write English letters or the system will not be able to recognize the letters.

Q: When can I submit my project?

A: You can submit your project via your “My IVA” account on IVA.VELUX.com in the period from 1 April to 20 June 2016. Remember, that you need to register before 1 April 2016 to be able to submit a project.

Q: Can I send my project by email?

A: No, you cannot send your project by email. You have to submit your project via your “My IVA” account on IVA.VELUX.com and to submit you must have registered before the deadline on 1 April 2016.


Overall questions:

Q: Where we can find the competition rules?

A: The full competition rules are available in the International VELUX Award brief.

Is there a limit to the number of team members in a project?

A: NO, there are no limits in the number of team members, but maximum two team members will be invited to the Award ceremony at World Architecture Festival in Berlin in November.

Q: Can we have more than one teacher supporting our project?

A: YES, you can have one or more teachers. Teachers will not be invited to the Award ceremony venue at World Architecture Festival in Berlin in November.

Q: Do I need to have a teacher supporting my project?

A: YES, and the teacher’s name needs to be included in your project registration details before you submit your project.

Q: Do all team members need to be students of architecture?

A: NO, we welcome interdisciplinary teams, but all team members must be registered students in the study year 2015 -16.

Q: Can team members be from different schools - or even from different countries or continents?

A: YES, teams can be formed across schools, countries and even continents BUT it is the school and country of the team captain that defines the origin of the project.

Q: If we are participating as a team with different schools, can we have only one teacher from any of the schools?

A: YES, you can select one teacher from any of the schools.

Q: Can I participate if I graduated during 2015-16?

A: YES, if you have graduated (finalized your master) within the study year 2015-16 you are allowed to participate (individually or in a team).

Q: Can I be part of a team if I am a postgraduate?

A: NO, if you already graduated as an architect you cannot participate.


Registration/My IVA questions:

Q: How will I be sure that my registration is successful and I have been registered for the award?

A: Most students will receive confirmation once signing up for the Award and can login to their “My IVA” profile at IVA.VELUX.com. If you registered before 1 April 2016 but are unsure if you have successfully registered for the International VELUX Award contact IVA@VELUX.com and provide your name, team name and registered email address to confirm.

Q: Do my teammates and teachers get a confirmation letter for the registration?

A: NO, only the student who initially registered the team will receive confirmation information.

Q: Where can I add information about my teacher/professor?

A: Visit IVA.VELUX.com and log into your “My IVA” account. Click “My profile” and scroll to the bottom of your information. Click the checkbox to add a teammate or teacher. After you add all of the relevant information, you can select their role as a teacher or student from the final drop down menu.

Q: I am an ERASMUS student. In the profile should I put name of my home university, or the hosting university?

A: You should register your hosting university.

Q: Can I revise the team and its members?

A: YES, you can change the names of team members and teacher(s) until you submit your project by 20 June 2016.

Q: If we have signed up as two teams in the first place, but would like to combine into one team later, is it then possible for us to make the changes?

A: YES, you just choose one of the team profiles and revise it with the final names of team members and teacher(s) until you submit your project by 20 June 2016.


Project specification questions:

Q: The specifications are 9600 pixels wide and 5400 pixels high, but am I allowed to have more than one image file?

A: NO, you can only upload one image file.

Q: What is the file format of the description of our project?

A: The description of your project will be submitted via web form on the “My project” page. You will need to copy and paste the text into the box before submitting.

Q: I am wondering if the (max. 800 words) project description must be included also in one panel submission along with the images?

A: NO, it is not obligatory to include all text on the panel – BUT be aware that the project should present itself graphically well - with text and images to enhance the jury´s immediate understanding of the overall idea.

Q: I'm wondering if we should upload two files; one image file and one text file?

A: NO, you will upload one image file and your text will be written in the text box embedded on the “My project” submission page.

Q: How do I submit my project?

A: Read the International VELUX Award brief and ensure you meet all the guidelines for submission. Visit IVA.VELUX.com and login to your “My IVA” page. Make sure you have fully completed the profile section of the page under “My profile.” To submit your project you must add your teacher's name (note: you can add more than one teacher) in your profile. To add a teacher, click small check box at the bottom of your profile to add a teacher or team member, click the link to add a team member, fill out the teacher’s information and select “Teacher” from the “Role” drop down menu. You can revise the names of your team member(s) and teacher(s) on your “MyIVA page” until you submit your project by 20 June 2016. Once you have developed your project, you can submit it in the “My project” section of the website. Remember, your project must fit one of the two categories: daylight in buildings or daylight investigations. After selecting your project category, you will 1) submit an image file that meets competition specifications and 2) provide a description (maximum 800 words) in the online form in the "My Project" section of the page. Although you can work in teams, your project can only be delivered digitally and only by the person who has initially registered on behalf of the team.


Award category questions:

Q: If I want to work with a public open space - in a square or street – which category would that be?

A: Your project will then meet category B; daylight investigations.

Q: The award brief says that the overall theme is about “daylight”; so is it possible to work with “sunlight”, “moonlight” or “starlight”?

A: YES, you can work with all aspects of natural light.

Q: Can I work with direct sunlight, shading and sun protection and do research related to shading materials?

A: YES, that is within the scope of the award – and will meet category B, daylight investigations.

Q: If I am working with public infrastructure or landscape space, which category would that be?

A: Your project will be in category B; daylight investigations.

Q: If I am working with housing or a cultural center, which category would that be?

A: Your project will be in category A; daylight in buildings, if you are including considerations about the interiors and their daylight conditions.

Q: Do I have to use VELUX products for a project in category A; daylight in buildings?

A: NO, the award is not restricted to the use of VELUX products. Innovative thinking and use of specific VELUX components as daylight providers will however be within the scope of the award and the jury will be allowed to give special prizes to the best projects.


Building types and geography questions:

Q: Can we work with any kind of building type within the scope of the award and category A; daylight in buildings?

A: YES, you can work with daylight in buildings of all scales eg. from a modest shed to a school or a railway station as you like.

Q: Can we work with a project (for example) in South America, despite that we are from Europe?

A: YES, there are no limitations to where you choose your location.