International VELUX Award 2020: Students from 120 countries register


More than 3,000 student teams from 783 schools of architecture around the globe registered for the award. The teams from 120 countries have until June 15 to finalise their daylight in architecture project submissions.

The International VELUX Award (IVA), which began in 2004, is a biennial award for architecture students around the world that focuses on daylight. Student teams and teachers work on projects that consider daylight as an ever-relevant source of light, energy, and well-being. Registered students must submit their final project in one of two categories – ‘Daylight in buildings’ or ‘Daylight investigations’ - to the IVA jury by mid June. 

The award seeks to inspire future architects to consider the use of daylight in their work through its theme Light of Tomorrow. 


The importance of daylight in projects has always been very important for me, because it really is something that gives you energy. You want to open - open yourself, your life and your time – you open everything. That is why in architecture, daylight is important.
jury member Odile Decq, an award-winning French Architect and academic.

Regional and global prizes
Regional winners for each category will be invited to attend the World Architecture Festival in Lisbon, Portugal in December and present their project. The regions are defined by the UIA (International Union of Architects) member regions: 1) Western Europe, 2) Eastern Europe and the Middle East, 3) the Americas, 4) Asia and Oceania and 5) Africa. A Global Winner for each category will be selected after the live presentation to the jury

The IVA 2020 jury comprises Odile Decq (France), Sebastián Adamo (Argentina), Nóra Demeter (Hungary), Juri Troy (Austria), and Martin Pors Jepsen from VELUX Group (Denmark).

When it comes to what the jury will be looking for, Odile Decq offered the following reply: “I know when I look at projects…I want to be surprised, I want to discover some things that I will think oh my god, I have to think about that.”


About International VELUX Award
The Award is organised in close collaboration with the International Union of Architects (UIA) and the World Architecture Festival (WAF) and is acknowledged by the following educational organisations; The European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE), The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC), and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).

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About the VELUX Group

About the VELUX Group

For more than 80 years, the VELUX Group has created better living environments for people around the world; making the most of daylight and fresh air through the roof. Our product programme includes roof windows and modular skylights, decorative blinds, sun screening products and roller shutters, as well as installation and smart home solutions. These products help to ensure a healthy and sustainable indoor climate, for work and learning, for play and pleasure. We work globally – with sales and manufacturing operations in more than 36 countries and around 11,000 employees worldwide. The VELUX Group is owned by VKR Holding A/S, a limited company wholly owned by non-profit, charitable foundations (THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS) and family. In 2022, the VELUX Group had total revenue of EUR 2.99 billion, VKR Holding had total revenue of EUR 4.29 billion, and THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS donated EUR 181 million in charitable grants.

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