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International VELUX Award

Every second year, the VELUX Group invites the global community of architecture students to explore the light of tomorrow. The International VELUX Award 2018 opens for registration 1 September 2017.

International VELUX Award challenges students of architecture all over the world to push the boundaries of daylight in architecture within any scare and looking at aesthetics, functionality, sustainability, and the interaction between buildings and the environment.

Projects can be submitted in two categories:

  1. Daylight in Buildings
  2. Daylight Investigations

Regional winners - one in each category - will be found in each of the worlds regions; Africa, The Americas, Asia/Oceania, Eastern Europe/Middle East and Western Europe.

Students can register from 1 September 2017 to 1 April 2018 and submit their daylight projects  before 15 June 2018.

More about the award and registration see

Reviewed by acknowledged jury
An international jury will appoint the ten regional winners in June 2018, and the ten winning project teams will be invited to present their project live to the jury at an event in October 2018, where finally two global winning teams – one of each category -  will be elected and celebrated.  All winning projects will be awarded within a total prize sum of up to €30,000.

Light is a wonderful gift to all of us and each of the students explored light in a unique and positive way that we can all learn from. The projects are very interesting and display a wide understanding of light across the globe

said Craig Dykers, jury chairman in 2014.

The award, an opportunity to explore the power of daylight
Daylighting is fundamental in architecture, but can be a difficult discipline to approach, understand and master. The International VELUX Award provides an opportunity for students to explore the theme of daylight and to create a deeper understanding of daylighting in concrete building projects and in more experimental daylight investigations.

Since first appearing in 2004, the International VELUX Award has grown into the biggest global student award within architecture, with outreach to more than 350 schools of architecture in 80 countries and a collection of 4,500 projects submitted since the first award in 2004. See all wining projects at the IVA website

“The award has a special focus on architecture for health and well-being. We want to encourage students to take up the challenges faced by cities and societies, where daylight and architecture can foster change through better and healthier living environments” explains Per Arnold Andersen, the VELUX Group.

The award, which is organized in close cooperation with the International Union of Architects (UIA), is widely recognized and appreciated by schools, architectural organizations and by the architecture community in general.


student projects submitted since 2004


schools have been involved in the International VELUX Award


countries have been represented until now

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