Every second year the VELUX Group invites the students of architecture to participate in the International VELUX Award competition on the theme “Light of Tomorrow”. The 2022 competition will be 10th edition, which so far has received thousands of exciting daylight projects from more than 5000 students of architecture around the world.
Since the International VELUX Award for Students of Architecture was first launched in 2004, it has grown into what is probably the largest competition of its kind for the architects who will shape the buildings of our future. The award seeks to challenge the students to explore the role of daylight in architecture and inspire new thinking. The aim of the award is 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.
Their projects will be evaluated by the exciting jury of a truly global character and recognition:
Fuensanta Nieto (ES)
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 (US)
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 been 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 recipient of numerous design awards, including three AIA National Architecture Awards.
In 2017, John Ronan was 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 (IN)
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 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 (DE)
Rainer Hoffman is a German architect, a founding partner of bogevischs buero Munich, which he established together with Ritz Ritzer. He was a chairman of 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 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 lectureship at Greenwich-School of Architecture, AA-School of Architecture and at Bartlett School of Architecture, London. Rainer holds master of architecture degree from the Iowa State University, US.
Martin Løkke (DK)
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.
The jury will meet in July 2022, to evaluate the submitted projects and choose 10 regional winners from each of the five UIA member regions 1) Western Europe, 2) Eastern Europe and the Middle East, 3) the Americas, 4) Asia+ Oceania and 5) Africa.
The selected regional winners will be invited to the World Architecture Festival 2022 where they will present their projects to the jury in front of a live audience.
How to participate?
In order to participate in the competition, students need to register until 1 April 2022. Registration is for free, and it only requires e-mail address and a phone number. Next step is to gather the team, connect with the teacher and start developing project.
The key dates
01 April 2022 Registration closes
15 April 2022 Deadline for questions
15 April 2022 Submission opens
15 June 2022 Final submission deadline
July 2022 Jury meeting and announcement of the 10 Regional Winners
December 2022 Regional Winners presentation to the jury at the World Architecture Festival, selection and announcement of 2 Global Winners
The award brief
A source of inspiration
The International VELUX Award competition is part of the Daylight & Architecture community initiated by the VELUX Group. Rounding up a unique content created by architects, journalist and researchers, the website daylightandarchitecture.com brings rich library of filmed lectures, daylight talks, and articles.
The content is especially valuable for students of architecture joining the International VELUX Award competition, for finding inspiration and expanding their understanding of the importance of daylight for the life on Earth.
About International VELUX Award
The overall theme of the International VELUX Award 2020 for Students of Architecture is “Light of Tomorrow.” Launched in 2004, and held biennially, the award seeks to challenge the future of daylight in the built environment by inspiring creative explorations on the themes of daylight in buildings and daylight investigations from the world’s leading future architects.
The Award is organized in close collaboration with the International Union of Architects (UIA) and the World Architecture Festival (WAF) and is acknowledged by the following educational organizations; The European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE), The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC), and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).
For more information about the International VELUX Award, visit daylightandarchitecture.com/iva/.
TitleThe International VELUX Award 2022 is open for registrations
TypeCompetition Announcement (Student Competitions)
Registration DeadlineApril 01, 2022 11:30 PM
Submission DeadlineJune 15, 2022 11:30 PM