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The International VELUX Award 2006 for Students of Architecture

November 30, 2005
by Canadian Architect

Students of architecture from all over the world are invited to participate in the second International VELUX Award for Students of Architecture. The award encourages students and their tutors to explore daylight in architecture.

On October 1, 2005, the second International VELUX Award for Students of Architecture opens for registrations. Students from all over the world are invited to participate and VELUX encourages them to explore daylight in architecture under the overall theme of “Light of Tomorrow.”

“Our vision is to promote daylight. We want to encourage discussion on daylight and inspire students to work with daylight, not just as a design component or external factor but as an essential and inherent issue. We thereby hope to once again be able to present a pool of talents and creative ideas as inspiration for the architecture of tomorrow, thus also providing input for the context and relevancy of our products. Furthermore, we hope that the award can give students from Canada the opportunity of having their ideas evaluated and discussed by some of the world’s most respected architects,” says Mark Taylor from VELUX in Canada, a sales company of the international manufacturer of roof windows and skylight systems.

There are no pre-defined categories in the award, and neither is the award restricted to the usage of VELUX products. In stead the overall theme of Light of Tomorrow is open to a wide range of interpretations, exploring the boundaries of daylight in architecture as regards for instance aesthetics, functionality and sustainability.

The winners of The International VELUX Award 2006 for Students of Architecture will be announced and celebrated at an award ceremony in October 2006, when the submitted projects have been reviewed by an international jury. All projects have to be approved by a tutor from the student’s school prior to submission. This tutor will serve as first jury and will also be awarded for tutoring winning projects.

The total prize money is 30,000 Euros, which will be given to a number of prizewinners and honourable mentions among the students and the associated tutors. The jury decides the number of winners and honourable mentions, who will also receive airfare and hotel when going to the award ceremony.

The International VELUX Award for Students of Architecture takes place every second year and is part of VELUX continuous effort to establish close relations with building professionals not least architects and educational institutions. For the 2004 award VELUX received 258 projects from 105 schools in 27 countries. The award is organised in close cooperation with the International Union of Architects (UIA) and the European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE).

Students must register their intention to participate before February 2006 and submission deadline will be in May 2006. Please find more information about the award at

For further information, please contact Mark Taylor International VELUX Award Coordinator, VELUX Canada, at (604) 834-1480 or [email protected]

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