2022 International VELUX Award

2022 International VELUX Award

報名時間: 2021-09-01 ~ 2022-04-01

主辦單位: International VELUX Award

主辦單位電話: iva@velux-com

International VELUX Award 2022 for students of architecture is open for registrations!

2022 International VELUX Award

The International VELUX Awardis a competition for students of architecture, which runs every second year. In 2022 the competition celebrates the 10thedition!

Students of architecture from around the world are invited to register their participation and join the community of more than 5000 students who have participated so far.

Here on the website you can find rich library of filmed lectures, daylight talks, and articles created by architects, journalist and researchers. These are valuable resources while working on your projects; for finding the inspiration and for expanding the understanding of the importance of daylight for the life on Earth.

Register now with your name and email, and then gather your team, connect with your teacher and start working on your daylight projects. The submission period opens 15 April 2022!

Award Brief


Daylight in architecture is an ever-relevant topic. Daylight has been used for centuries as the primary source of light for the interior and architects have always been interested in and fascinated by daylight; yet daylighting can be a difficult discipline to approach, understand and master.

Daylighting describes the controlled use of natural light in and around buildings. It is the practice of placing windows, or other transparent media and reflective surfaces, so that natural light provides effective internal illumination during the day. Successful daylighting requires design considerations at all stages of the building design process, from site planning to architectural, interior and lighting design.

Today buildings are major energy consumers; strategies for reducing energy use and carbon emissions are therefore called for, such as using sunlight as a source of energy and light. Much focus on sustainable buildings has been on energy aspects. However, health is the most precious resource we have, and energy is only one aspect of sustainability. A primary goal for sustainability should be to sustain human life on Earth.

A good indoor climate, with generous daylight levels and provision of fresh air from outside, is the key to making homes, offices, kindergartens and schools healthy places to live and work in. We spend an excessive amount of time inside buildings – and the air that we breathe and the amount of daylight we are exposed to have a great impact on our health and well-being and thereby the quality of our lives. Therefore, we need to consider the right daylighting strategies and solutions for our buildings.

The award

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 study works. These works can be made as works complying with the prize scope of rethinking 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.

The award wants to acknowledge not only the students but their teachers as well. Therefore, teachers of the projects are also awarded.


“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.

1. 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.

2. 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.

Type of award and categories

The award is an open ideas competition and it is organised globally in two phases: in the first phase, regional prizes will be awarded to projects from the UIA member regions 1) Western Europe, 2) Eastern Europe and the Middle East, 3) the Americas, 4) Asia+ Oceania and 5) Africa. In the second phase, prizes will be awarded to overall winners.

The award is not restricted to the use of VELUX products. Innovative thinking and use of specific VELUX components as daylight providers will however be within the scope of the award and the jury will be allowed to give special prizes to the best projects.


The jury will evaluate the projects in accordance with the following criteria:

  • The work with daylighting as a premise for architecture
  • How the project is researched and documented
  • How the project addresses contemporary and future challenges
  • The level of experimentation and innovation
  • The overall graphic presentation of the project, how the project presents itself.

The jury

All award entries are reviewed by an international jury and their election of the winners is based on the above criteria.

Who can participate?

The award is open to any registered student of architecture – individual or team – all over the world. We encourage multi-disciplinary teams including e.g. engineering, design and landscaping. Every student or student team must be backed and granted submission by a teacher from a school of architecture.

The award welcomes projects from individuals or groups of students, who are students during the study year 2021/22.

There is no limit to the number of entries from each school, but participating schools should ensure the quality of submitted study projects, e.g. by making a prejudgment. VELUX employees cannot participate.


1 September 2021Registration opens
01 April 2022Registration closes
15 April 2022Submission period opens; deadline for questions
15 June 2022Submission deadline; project upload
July 2022Jury meeting – evaluation of all submitted projects
December 2022Winners announcement at the World Architecture Festival


Only students who have registered for the award before 01 April 2022 can participate.


To ensure anonymity, no names of entrants, teachers, schools or countries are allowed on any part of the submitted material. The registration and submission system of the International VELUX Award has been constructed to ensure anonymity of the participants throughout the process from registration to after the jury meeting.

The award, presented every second year since 2004, is organised in co-operation with UIA, International Union of Architects, and the competition concept is based on UIA rules for international competitions.


You can submit your project on iva.velux.com using the IVA account that you create when you register.

Your project can only be delivered digitally and only by the person who has registered.

The jury evaluation is performed online and you should take into account that your project should present itself digitally.

You need to submit:

  • One image file, which depicts your project
  • A description of your project, no longer than 800 words, in English

Image specifications

File formatJPEG
File extension.jpg
JPEG qualityMaximum
JPEG format optionsBaseline (“Standard”)
Colour spaceRGB (Preferred destination/mode Adobe RBG 1998)
Colour depth8 bit (per channel, three channels)
Aspect ratio16:9
Pixel aspect ratio1:1 (Square)
Effective resolution300 ppi (pixels per inch)
Maximum file size150 MB
Dimensions9600 pixels wide x 5400 pixels high (32 x 18 inch in 300 ppi)
Alpha channelsNone
Clipping pathsNone


The total prize money is up to 30,000 €. Depending on the results of the international jury, 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. Depending on the results for each region, 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.

Winners announcement

Winners will be informed directly after the jury meeting in July 2022.

All submitted projects will be displayed at iva.velux.com after the winners announcement.

Further information and questions

Further information, specification and inspiration will be available on iva.velux.com.

Public announcement

Communication on and photos and films of winners, winning projects and honourable mentions will be released to architectural magazines, newspapers, webpages and other relevant media after the winner’ announcement.

By entering the International VELUX Award, the participants accept that the UIA and the organiser – the VELUX Group – may publish and disseminate the submitted projects and photos of the participants in analogue and digital form.

The Jury

Fuensanta Nieto

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos:https://www.nietosobejano.com/info.aspxCountry:Spain

Fuensanta Nieto is a founding partner of Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos and a professor at the Universidad Europea de Madrid. She has as worked as an architect since graduating from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning at Columbia University in New York, in 1983. Fuensanta Nieto lectures on architecture and participates in juries and symposia at various institutions around the world. From 1986 to 1991 she was co-director of the architectural journal Arquitectura, published by the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid.

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos was founded in 1985 by Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano and has offices in Madrid and Berlin. Along with being widely published in international magazines and books, the firm’s work has been exhibited at the Biennale di Venezia in 2000, 2002, 2006, and 2012, at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, in 2006, at the Kunsthaus in Graz in 2008 and at the MAST Foundation in Bologna in 2014.

They are the recipients of the 2007 National Prize for Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage and the 2010 Nike Prize issued by the Bund Deutscher Architekten (BDA), as well as the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (2010), the Piranesi Prix de Rome (2011), the European Museum of the Year Award (2012), the Hannes Meyer Prize (2012), AIA Honorary Fellowship (2015), the Alvar Aalto Medal (2015) and Gold Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts in 2017.

John Ronan

John Ronan Architects:http://www.jrarch.com/Country:United States of America

John Ronan FAIA is an American architect and Founding Principal of John Ronan Architects in Chicago. He works as a Lead Designer and is known for his abstract yet sensuous work which explores materiality and atmosphere. John Ronan holds a Master of Architecture degree with distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan.

John Ronan’s work has been exhibited internationally and covered extensively by the international design press, including two publications on the firm’s work. He has lectured widely and his writings have appeared in books, architecture journals and Poetry magazine. His firm is the recipient of numerous design awards, including three AIA National Architecture Awards.

In 2017, John Ronan was the recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award. He is currently the John and Jeanne Rowe Endowed Chair Professor of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture.

Anupama Kundoo

Anupama Kundoo architects:https://anupamakundoo.com/Country:India

Anupama Kundoo graduated from University of Mumbai in 1989 and received her PhD degree from the TU Berlin in 2008. Her research-oriented practice has generated people centric architecture based on spatial and material research for low environmental impact while being socio-economically beneficial. Her body of works was recently exhibited as a solo show ‘Taking Time’ at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark till 16 May 2021. She has taught Architecture and Urban Management at various international universities strengthening her expertise in rapid urbanization and climate change related development issues, and was the Davenport Visiting Professor at Yale University in Spring 2020. She is currently a Professor at Potsdam School of Architecture, Germany.

Anupama Kundoo’s architecture has been recognised and honoured many times, most recently by the RIBA Charles Jencks Award 2021 and the 2021 Auguste Perret Prize for her contribution to architectural technologies. In 2013 she received an honourable mention in the ArcVision International Prize for Women in Architecture for ‘her dedication when approaching the problem of affordability of construction and sustainability in all aspects’.

Rainer Hofmann

Bogevischs Buero:https://www.bogevisch.de/startseiteCountry:Germany

Rainer Hoffman is a German architect, a founding partner of Bogevischs BueroMunich, which he established together with Ritz Ritzer. He was a chairman of the Association of German Architects of Munich upper Bavaria district. In 2018 and 2019 he was a guest professor at TU Munich. In 2010 he held a lectureship at Coburg University. Before starting his own architecture practice, he has worked with Horden Cherry Lee Architects, Brookes Stacey Randall, MacCormac Jamieson Prichard in London UK.

The architecture practice Bogevischs Buero is interested in shape and surfaces and fascinated by the alternative ways of using materials. They emphasise that the backbone of their projects develops in the process, which gradually finds its shape. Being less interested in the new or the fashionable, the architects point out that the new is seldom new for a long time, and that forms are becoming obsolete.

Rainer Hofmann has held a lectureship at Greenwich-School of Architecture, AA-School of Architecture and at Bartlett School of Architecture, London. Rainer holds a master of architecture degree from Iowa State University, US.

Martin Løkke


Martin Løkke, from Denmark, is Vice President of VELUX Innovation Center. He is responsible for product development and SMART technologies in the VELUX Group. Martin Løkke has held several positions in international companies being responsible for R&D. Martin is part of the investment panel in the Innovation Fund Denmark financing entrepreneurs, researchers and businesses.


If you have any further questions regarding the award, competition and submission process please send us an email to iva@velux.com.


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