2014 International Velux Award for Students of Architecture

 The VELUX Group challenges students of architecture from all over the world to explore and investigate daylight in architecture under the overall theme Light of Tomorrow. With a generous prize fund of 30,000 Euros, the International VELUX Award is open to creative reflections on the role of daylight in architecture—not just as a design component or external factor, but as a central issue concerned with shaping architecture and promoting sustainability.

Entrants can freely explore the role of daylight in the built environment, whether focusing on daylight in urban contexts, in individual buildings, or as a more abstract concept.

The Award encourages an open-minded dialogue on the nature of the light of tomorrow based on experimental approaches and imaginative thinking. In particular, it focuses on the importance of sunlight and daylight in the context of sustainable development, taking human needs and the rhythms and balances of nature into account.

This year’s international jury comprises Craig Dykers, founding partner of Snøhetta; Roísín Heneghan founding partner of Heneghan Peng Architects; Magda Mostafa, Associate Professor at the American University in Cairo; Catherine Slessor, Editor of The Architectural Review; and Per Arnold Andersen of the VELUX Group.

Jury members represent wide-ranging backgrounds and professional experience, from the design of internationally renowned buildings to teaching and architectural journalism. “We know that the jury is very excited to see the submitted projects from all over the world and to see how the Award has developed over the last 10 years,” says Per Arnold Andersen of The VELUX Group. ‘Perhaps the most important aspect of the Award is that it promotes the opportunity to raise tantalising issues through the eyes of students and their teachers as opposed to the professionals’, says Craig Dykers.

Students must register before March 3, 2014, and the final deadline for submission of entries is May 2, 2014.

For more information, please visit http://iva.velux.com.