Get ready for
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!

The jury

All award entries for the International VELUX Award 2016 have been reviewed by an international jury. The jury is comprised of internationally renowned architects and architectural media, including representatives from UIA, and represents different cultural backgrounds, nationalities, and approaches to architecture.

The jury reviewed all submitted projects from June 27 – 28 in Copenhagen and selected the regional winners from both daylight categories: Daylight in Buildings and Daylight Investigations.

Omar Gandhi (CA)
Omar Gandhi Architect

Founder of his own design studio and a sessional instructor of Architecture and Planning at Dalhousie University. He was listed as one of the top 20 young architects in the world in Wallpaper Magazine’s 2014 Architect’s Directory.

Christine Murray (UK)
Architectural Review

Chief Editor of one of the world’s leading architectural magazines, Architectural Review (AR). For over 119 years, AR has provided diverse and insightful architecture and design coverage from around the world.

Zbigniew Reszka (PL)
ARCHDECO architecture

Co-founder of ARCHDECO, which is known for creating contemporary architectural solutions with respect to the location and nature of the project. ARCHDECO was the winner of the Eurobuild Awards 2015 ‘Design of the Year´ for Gdynia Film Centre.

Francesco Veenstra (NL)

Lead Design Architect for many award-winning Mecanoo projects that have been celebrated for achieving sustainability objectives. His work on the Philips Business Innovation Centre in Nijmegen, NL won the Dedalo Minosse Sustainability Prize.

Per Arnold Andersen (DK)

The driver of the VELUX Group’s daylight strategies and initiatives. In 2005, he initiated the VELUX Daylight Symposium and he worked with the International VELUX Award for Students of Architecture since the launch in 2004.

The jury process

The jury criteria

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 2004-2014

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 and Catherine Slessor.