International VELUX Award 2008


The total number of 686 projects from 244 schools in 46 countries represented a great variation of responses to the theme “Light of Tomorrow”.

1st Prize
Project title: Embodied Ephemerality / OH1883/VK346
Reilly O'Neil Hogan, United States
Teacher: Mark Morris, Val Warke
School: Department of Architecture, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA

2nd prize
Project title: Repairing Interface Light Festival / RX1004/VK275
Ruan Hao & Xiong Xing, China
Teacher: Zhang Yue
School: School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

3rd prize
Project title: Light has a body / DM5393/VK140
Dean Carlo MacGregor, Portugal
Teacher: Carlos Lampreia
School: Universidade Lusiada de Lisboa, Portugal

Project title: Illuminated Music / ML1604/BO13
Marie Löwenhertz, Germany
Teachers Abelardo Gonzalez/Morten Lund, Sweden
School: School of Architecture, University of Lund, Sweden

Project title: Living Bridge / DG1012/VK058
Dimitri Geizenraeder, Germany
Teacher: Dipl. Ing. Georg Poesgen
School: Hochschule Bochum, Bochum, Germany

Project title: Illumination Flux / OA4601/BO56
Atle K. Leira, Norway
Teacher: Rolf Gerstlauer, Inger Molne
School: The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway

Project title: A walk with little thumb along the forest / cl0005/VK226
Ursicino Endaman Nsé Mangué, Laura Dávila Ponce de León Baquero, Felipe Suárez Ballesteros, Marta Torres Párraga & Alejandra Ruiz Rubio, Spain
Teacher: Concepcion Lapeyese Luque
School: Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura, Universidad Politécnica, Spain

Project title: Urban Connector / SN0001/VK584
Soonyup Kwon, United States
Teacher: Brendan Macfarlane
School: Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Project title: Light Web / ar1499/VK331
Adriana Ross, Canada
Teacher: Manuel Baez
School: Carleton University, School of Architecture, Ottawa, Canada

Project title: Lighttraps / LI0001/VK577
Kántor Lilla & Anikó Hajdú, Hungary
Teacher: Golda Janos
School: Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary

Project title: The Parametric Mosaic / cv4479/VK452
Claus Jorgensen, Denmark
Teacher: Frank Bundgaard
School: The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen, Denmark



The award challenges students to explore the theme of sunlight and daylight in its widest sense to create a deeper understanding of this specific and everrelevant source of light and energy.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students / Competition Result
Type International Architecture Idea Competition
Genre Daylight
Country Denmark
RegDeadline 8 March 2008 GoogleCal iCal
8 May 2008 (Must be Postmarked or via Online)
Eligibility Students during the study year 2007/08 who be backed and granted submission by a teacher from a school of architecture

With the International VELUX Award 2008 for Students of Architecture, VELUX wants to pay tribute to daylight and to strengthen the role of daylight in building design according to the company’s vision of promoting daylight, fresh air and quality of life. The Award seeks to foster new thinking in regard to how daylight, fresh air and quality of life can be realized through design to provide insight into the evolution of ideas and potential trends in relation to the development of VELUX products and solutions.

The theme “Light of Tomorrow” requires experimental approaches and free thinking. Therefore, the Award seeks to explore 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 jury comprises internationally renowned architects from around the world, including representatives from UIA and EAAE and is under constellation.

Judging Process

The total prize money is 30,000 Euro.
1st prize: minimum 8,000 for the student(s) Euro and 2,000 Euro for the tutor(s)
2nd prize: minimum 2,000 for the student(s) Euro and 1,000 Euro for the tutor(s)
Up to 10 projects in total will be shortlisted for honourable mention and an award trophy.
The jury may award special prizes for categories or themes.
The prize winners and one team member from the honourable mentions and the special prizes will be invited to the ceremony where prizes and trophies will be presented.

Entry Fee

2 A1 sized boards including the text (maximum 2 A4 page, 800words) or a CD-Rom (2 PDF-files)

Jury meeting: June 2008
Exhibition displayed all submitted projects: from 29 June to 3 July 2008
Award ceremony, official announcement of winners (released to architectural magazines, newspapers and other relevant media) and web exhibition of all submitted projects and yearbook: November 2008

Past winners


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