International VELUX Award 2014 launched!

Daylight in dense urban settings. Daylight and sustainability. How to transport and store daylight? Daylight, water and wind. Going back to the fundamentals of daylight in architecture. Daylight, health and well-being. Conceptual experiments, poetic thinking and beautiful reflections. Over and over again the juries of the International VELUX Award have been amazed by the experimental thinking and innovation power of the future generations of architects. On 2 September, the International VELUX Award opens once again to challenge new students on the Light of Tomorrow.

Celebrating its 10 years anniversary, the International VELUX Award 2014 for Students of Architecture invites the global architect student community to explore and investigate daylight in architecture in its widest sense; an ever relevant topic with a wide, international appeal judging from the more than 3,000 entries that have been submitted for the Award during previous awards. In the 2012 edition alone, the jury found the winners among 983 entries from 59 countries.

– I found the broad range of themes really powerful. Questions about light in so many different ways, the role of light in water, light in sand, light in memory, light in the newest of technologies, and embedding technology within the way we understand light. I think the number of entries is a sign of the huge success of the Award as an international forum for questioning and exploring innovative ways and important issues. Light is fundamental to everyone, and timeless in many ways, said jury chairman Brigitte Shim when the jury for the 2012 Award had selected the Chinese students Bo Li and Ge Men from ETHZ in Switzer-land as first prize winners for their project "Resonance, memory".

In 2012, 14 winning teams and their teachers shared the prize money of 30,000 Euro. Since it was established in 2004, the Award has altogether received more than 10,000 registrations and over 3,000 entries. 66 prize winners and honourable mentions have been awarded and all projects can be found here

International jury will judge the hundreds of entries
The members of the jury for the International VELUX Award represent the global sphere of practising and teaching architects. Diversity is a key word in the assembly of the jury to strike the balance of different fields of work, age, gender and geography. So far the jury has comprised renowned architects from every corner of the world, Glenn Murcutt (Austra-lia), Hani Rashid (USA), Kengo Kuma (Japan), Nathalie de Vries (the Netherlands), Magda Mostafa (Egypt), Per Olaf Fjeld (Norway) and Brigitte Shim (Canada) to name but a few of the distinguished jury members from the five previous awards.

The jury for the 2014 Award is currently being assembled, and a wide, international representation is guaranteed to match the huge diversity of the expected hundreds of entries.

– We want to give students the possibility to experiment and work freely with the ever relevant topic of daylight in architecture. When looking through the thousands of entries we have received in the previous five awards, we certainly see that the theme of "Light of Tomorrow" has inspired the students to think about the future – to ask questions, to experiment and to explore. As a company providing daylight solutions it is important for us to experience all this inspirational thinking and to have a close dialogue with the future generations of architects, says Per Arnold Andersen, architect and head of VELUX Group Knowledge Centre for Daylight, Energy and Indoor Climate.

Students need to register to be able to participate in the Award, and registration takes place on from 2 September 2013 until 3 March 2014. Deadline for submission of projects is 2 May 2014.

The Award Brief and detailed information about registration and participation is available on

The Award is organised in cooperation with the International Union of Architects (UIA) and the European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE).

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