COPENHAGEN, Denmark, October 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
On 1 October, The VELUX Group launched the International VELUX Award 2012 to encourage and challenge students of architecture all over the world to explore and investigate daylight in architecture. Students need to register before 1 March 2012.
"Our ambition is to promote daylight, fresh air and quality of life. We present the International VELUX Award every second year to challenge students to propose ideas for future sustainable architecture, taking advantage of the students' curiosity and courage to explore social, psychological and environmental dimensions of light," says Per Arnold Andersen, architect and head of Daylight, Energy and Indoor Climate in the VELUX Group.
The International VELUX Award 2012 encourages sustainable ideas and solutions considering new buildings and the existing building stock in cities as well as in suburban residential areas. The Award is looking for proposals that combine a clear energy strategy with a specific focus on the health and well-being of people living and working in the buildings.
The 2012 Award jury members are: Alvaro Siza from Portugal, Brigitte Shim from Canada, Peter Stutchbury from Australia, and Francis Kéré originally from Burkina Faso now living in Germany. They have all taught, published and built across borders and all share an interest for sustainable building combined with a deep respect for local environments and conditions.
"We are pleased to present a distinguished panel of jury members with different cultural backgrounds, nationalities and approaches to architecture. This will strengthen the integrity of the award," says Per Arnold Andersen.
The International VELUX Award is organized in cooperation with the International Union of Architects (UIA) and the European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE).
Deadline for registration is 1 March 2012 and projects must be submitted by 7 May 2012.
Learn more on the IVA 2012 website: http://www.velux.com/iva
About the VELUX Group
The VELUX Group creates better living environments with daylight and fresh air through the roof. The VELUX product programme contains a wide range of roof windows and skylights, along with solutions for flat roofs. The VELUX Group has manufacturing companies in 11 countries and sales companies in just under 40 countries. The VELUX Group has about 10,000 employees and is owned by VKR Holding A/S, a limited company wholly owned by foundations and family. For more details, visit http://www.velux.com.