Nine regional winners found among 633 daylight projects

A jury of renowned architects have elected nine regional winners of the International VELUX Award 2018 after two days of deliberations. The regional winners will now compete for the Global winner title at the World Architecture Festival in November.

The winners were elected from projects submitted by students from 250 different schools of architecture in 58 countries.

The jury, consisting of internationally respected architects Carme Pigem Barceló founding partner of RCR Architects (ES), Li Hu, founding partner of OPEN architecture (CH), Rick Joy, principal of Rick Joy Architects (US) and Saša Begović, founding partner of 3LHD Architects (HR) and vice president of VELUX Innovation Centre, Martin Pors Jepsen, gathered in Copenhagen for two days in the end of June to evaluate the more than 600 student projects proposing innovative ways of using daylight in architecture.

After a long first day of reviewing all submitted projects, the jury arrived at a shortlist of 59 projects.

By the end of the second day, projects that demonstrated strong, genuine and well-developed ideas in each of the two award categories; ‘Daylight in Building’ and ‘Daylight Investigations’, were selected as winners

The winners from the ‘Daylight in Buildings’ category are:

  • Western Europe: “Reaching the Light” by Joana Robalo, João Umbelino, Ana Ázar, António Lopes and Miguel Pedro from Universidade de Évora in Portugal
  • Eastern Europe and the Middle East: “Light Forms Jugglers” by Anastasia Maslova from Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering in Russia
  • The Americas: “Light Liquefaction” by Ziqi Chen, Shuaizhong Wang and Zeyu Liu from University of Virginia in the United States
  • Asia and Oceania: “My Dead Relative in the Light” by Qi Wang, Jingkai Chen and Peilin Yin from Qingdao University of Technology in China
  • Africa: “Light Pavilion” by Fatai Osundiji and Emmanuel Ayo-loto from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria

The winners from the ‘Daylight Investigations’ category are:

  • Western Europe: “Cover to Reveal” by Brice Lemaire, Xiaolan Vandendries and Julien Obedia from Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium
  • Eastern Europe and the Middle East: “Cloud of the Polar Light” by Anna Borisova and Kamilla Akhmetova from Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering in Russia
  • The Americas: “Daylight to Water” by Stephen Baik, Abubakr Bajaman and John Nguyen from University of Toronto in Canada
  • Asia and Oceania: “Road to Light” by Yuhan Luo, Di Lan and Yusong Liu from Tianjin University in China

In this year’s entries, the jury noted a clear focus on responsibility and considerations for some of the big issues of our time; like public unrest, crises, refugees and climate challenges, by using daylight as a uniting force and practical solution for communities all around the world.


I saw projects, that were close to themes of poor people, environment, disasters, and taking care of disabled people. It shows a different responsibility and realism. Whereas some years ago, people were more optimistic and showing new spectacular things, now it is more about inclusion of all people and bringing people to the same level with architecture
Carme Pigem Barceló, founding partner of RCR Architects (ES), noted after the jury meeting had ended

All prize winners have been informed. Representatives from each team will be given a trip to Amsterdam and tickets to the World Architecture Festival in November where they will present their projects in front of, and get feedback directly from, the renowned architects of the jury. Here, two Global winners, who will win the grand prize of €5000, will be selected.

 Click here to view the winning projects and all other entries.


About the International VELUX Award 2018 for Students of Architecture

On 1 September 2017, the VELUX Group launched the International VELUX Award 2018 for Students of Architecture. The award celebrates and promotes excellence in completed studies, on any scale from a small component to large urban contexts or abstract concepts and experiments.

The award wants to encourage and challenge students of architecture to explore the theme of daylight - and to create a deeper understanding of this specific and ever-relevant source of energy, light and life.

The total prize money is €30,000. Each of the regional winners will receive €1250 to share between the team members and the teacher supporting their project. Two Global winners will be announced at the Award event that takes place at the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam in the end of November. The Global winners will receive €5000 to share between the team members and their teacher.

Since the first competition in 2004, the Award has grown into what is the largest competition of its kind for the architects who will shape the buildings of our future. Since then, thousands of students from more than 100 countries have submitted projects on the theme of ‘Light of Tomorrow’. Over the years, the Award has seen the quality of the entries evolving and becoming ever more responsive to global, environmental, social and human health issues.

The Award is organised in cooperation with the International Union of Architects (UIA).

About the VELUX Group

The VELUX Group creates better living environments with daylight and fresh air through the roof. The VELUX product programme contains a wide range of roof windows and skylights, along with solutions for flat roofs. The Group also supplies many types of decoration and sun screening, roller shutters, installation products, and products for remote control. The VELUX Group, which has manufacturing companies in 11 countries and sales companies in just under 40 countries, represents one of the strongest brands in the global building materials sector and its products are sold in most parts of the world. The VELUX Group has about 10,000 employees and is owned by VKR Holding A/S, a limited company wholly owned by foundations and family. For more details, visit