The International VELUX Award is a competition for students of architecture that runs every second year. We challenge students from all over the world to work with daylight as an ever relevant source of light, life and joy. The award is one of the most important global student competitions of its kind.
Submission is now closed. The jury will review the projects in July and the regional winners will be announced in August.
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).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.
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.
“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.
“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.