Velux Award for Students of Architecture

Deadline: 3 March 2014
Open to: international students of Architecture
Awards: 1st prize is a minimum 8,000 Euro for the student(s) and 2,000 Euro for the teacher; 2nd prize is a minimum 4,000 Euro for the students and 1,000 Euro for the teacher


“Light of Tomorrow” is the overall theme of the International VELUX Award (IVA). 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.

The Award is not restricted to the use of VELUX products.

The Award contains no specific categories, but entries may focus on concepts with focus on sunlight as a natural source of light and energy; the contribution of daylight to high visual quality and interior comfort that support people’s lives and living conditions; the rethinking of daylight in urban or suburban living contexts; the importance of sunlight and daylight for sustainable architecture that takes into account the rhythm and balance of nature; abstract concepts like daylight vs. artificial light, day vs. night, in vs. out etc.

The jury for the International VELUX Award 2014 comprises five jury members representing world-class architectural thinking from different vantage points in architectural practice, teaching and writing. The jury members represent different cultural backgrounds, nationalities, and approaches to architecture and diverse experience from teaching to practice. The jury will review student projects that explore the theme of daylight in its widest sense and challenge the future of daylight in the built environment.


The Award is open to any registered student of architecture – individual or team – from all over the world. Multi-disciplinary teams are encouraged including e.g. engineering, design, landscaping, etc. Every student or team of students must register to participate and must be granted submission by a teacher from a school of architecture.


The total prize money is 30,000 Euro. The number of prize winners and honorable mentions will be decided by the jury.

  • 1st prize: Minimum 8,000 Euro for the student(s) and 2,000 Euro for the teacher(s).
  • 2nd prize: Minimum 4,000 Euro for the students(s) and 1,000 Euro for the teacher(s).

Up to ten projects will be shortlisted for honourable mention and an Award trophy. The jury may award special prizes for categories or themes.

The winners will be invited to the award event. All winning projects will be exhibited at the award event. All submitted projects will be displayed online on this website after the Award event.


The deadline for registration is 3 March 2014.

You can register online HERE. You submit your project on the award website using the IVA account that you created when you registered.

If you have any questions regarding the award, email the organizers at

For further information, please visit the official website HERE.


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