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The International VELUX Award 2022 for Students of Architecture 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 award celebrates and promotes excellence in completed student works. These works should rethink the values of conscious daylighting design with focus on people’s health in living and working environments. The award encourages projects that celebrate the privilege of being a student; with curiosity and with the willingness to think “out of the box” – as well as consider the social, sociological and environmental dimension of light.

“Light of Tomorrow” is the overall theme of the International VELUX Award. The award seeks to challenge the future of daylight in the built environment with an open-minded and experimental approach. Therefore, the award seeks to widen the boundaries of daylight in architecture, including aesthetics, functionality, sustainability, and the interaction between buildings and environment.

Students can submit in two different categories:

  • Daylight in Buildings
    Projects that demonstrate applicable principles for providing daylight and sunlight into buildings – including the effects of building construction and context of the site, shape and dimensions, window openings, screens, shadings, interior divisions, materials and external conditions.

Specific focus on architecture for health and well-being and projects that address challenges faced by cities, communities and modern societies, and where daylight and architecture can help create change through better and healthier living environments.

  • Daylight Investigations
    Projects that look at the physical properties of light, basics of optics and materials, as well as technological developments, new materials, storage or transportation of daylight.

The use of daylight in public space for functional, recreational, cultural or spiritual use and the effect of daylight on state of mind, health and well-being as well as the dynamics and temporal quality of daylight and its effects on behaviour and spaces over time and seasons.

Submission Requirements

  • One image file, which depicts your project (JPEG format, .jpg file extension, maximum quality, baseline “standard” format, RGB, colour depth 8, aspect ratio 16:9, pixel aspect ratio 1:1, 300ppi, 150MB max., 9600 pixels wide x 5400 pixels high, no layers, alpha channels or clipping paths)
  • A description of your project, no longer than 800 words, in English

Eligibility

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The award welcomes projects from individuals or groups of students, who are students during the study year 2021/22 – all over the world. Multi-disciplinary teams are encouraged including engineering, design and landscaping. Every student or student team must be backed and granted submission by a teacher from a school of architecture.

Prizes

The total prize money is up to 30,000 €. A Grand Prize of 5,000 € per category will be awarded (4,000 € to the student and 1,000 € to the teacher) for the most outstanding projects. A prize of 1,250 € per category will be awarded for the best projects (1,000 € to the student and 250 € to the teacher). The jury will be allowed to award a number of special prizes, including prizes for innovative use of VELUX products.

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