International Union of Architects

International VELUX Award 2014 for Students of Architecture

Light of Tomorrow

Student Prize

 The 2014 edition of the International VELUX Award, organised for the sixth time, has successfully concluded. 


The 2014 edition of the International VELUX Award, organised for the sixth time, has successfully concluded. 2,794 teams representing 86 different countries registered for the 2014 IVA. The International Union of Architects has endorsed the award since its creation ten years ago. The celebration of the 10th anniversary of the IVA, together with the award ceremony, took place in Vienna, Austria on 30 October 2014. UIA President Albert Dubler, Secretary General Thomas Vonier, UIA International Competitions Commission Director Tomaz Kancler and UIA Jury Representative Magda Mostafa were in attendance.

The theme of the award, as always, was Light of Tomorrow and the entries focused on daylight.





Three prize winners and nine honourable mentions were awarded. 


A team of four students, Dikang Du, Le Li, Yujing Zhou and Yao Ma from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China took first prize with their project, "Light, Revitalization." "To us," said Dikang Du, "the light of tomorrow means an emphasis on the more spiritual beauty of life. We did not only discuss better usage of light in the future. We searched for a new definition of light."

According to American architect and jury chairman Craig Dykers: "The first prize winning project ties to cultural conditions regarding the cycles of the sun foretold in the cultural heritage of the region. There are several narratives at work, and the possibility to heal the urban condition through light."

The jury characterizes the 2nd prize by Jaebong Jeon, Keunyoung Lim from Hanyang University and Hongik University in Seoul, Korea as fantastic, tying in aspects of science fiction with the real world in a very mature approach, animating a demilitarized zone as an artificial cloud. The project "Morning Glory Cloud" is created, inspiring the viewer to think about the possibility of the Korean boundary's disappearance. 

The third winning project, "Light of Hope" by Snezhina Aleksieva, Zhenya Yancheva, Tsvetomira Ivanova and Pavel Tsochev from the University of Architecture, Construction and Goedesy in Sofia, Bulgaria, aims to bring glows of hope and lighting to millions of people living in refugee camps around the world. The jury found the project both cost-effective, practically feasible and with a human quality expressing a sincere social commitment.


The total prize money is 30,000 €. 1st prize will be minimum 8,000 € for the student(s) and 2,000 € for the teacher(s). 2nd prize will be mini- mum 4,000 € for the student(s) and 1,000 € for the teacher(s).

Up to 10 projects in total will be shortlisted for honourble mention and an award trophy. The jury may award special prizes for categories or themes.


Chair Craig Dykers (Norway/USA)

Róisín Heneghan (Ireland)

Magda Mostafa, UIA Representative (Egypt)

Catherine Slessor (United Kingdom)

Per Arnold Andersen from VELUX A/S (Denmark)


  • 02 Sep 2013
  • 03 Mar 2014
  • 01 Apr 2014
    Submission deadline
  • 30 Oct 2014
    Award Ceremony