Two out of the ten finalists in the International VELUX Award are from KADK

Education and students

Eskild Schack Pedersen, a newly qualified architect from the post-graduate programme, Settlement, Ecology & Tectonics and Nicholas Shurey, an architecture student on the post-graduate programme, Architectural Lighting Design, have won the Western European heat of the International VELUX Award, a competition for architect students from all over the world. he regional winners will proceed to the finals in Berlin, which take place in November.

Daylight - a perpetual source of energy
The International VELUX Award challenges and encourages students to explore the theme of daylight, at the same time leading to a better understanding of this ever-relevant source of energy. The competition is about highlight the projects, which reflect the privilege of being a curious student with the capacity and will to think outside the box, at the same time incorporating the social, sociological and environmental potential, which daylight possesses.

Two winning projects in the finals
Eskild Schack Pedersen won the category, ‘Daylight in Buildings’ for his degree project, ‘Faith-Neutral Ceremonium’, in which he worked with light as an architectural instrument and provider of ambience in a room for faith-neutral rituals.

Eskild Schack Pedersen

Nicholas Shurey won the category, ‘Daylight Investigations” for his project, ‘Hammershøi’s Grammar - A study of an artist’s perception and representation of Nordic light’, in which he investigated and experimented with the artist, Hammershøi’s use of Nordic light.

Nicholas Shurey: Hammershøi's Grammar - A study of an artist’s perception and representation of Nordic light

Nicholas Shurey, Eskild Schack Pedersen and the eight other regional winners will be invited to the World Architecture Festival in Berlin in November, where the final winners will be crowned.

An international jury with a broad approach to architecture
The ten regional winning projects were selected anonymously from almost 600 competition entries from 57 countries by an international jury consisting of renowned architects, representing different cultural backgrounds, nationalities and approaches to architecture:

  • Omar Gandhi (CA), Omar Gandhi Architects
  • Christine Murray (UK), Architectural Review
  • Zbigniew Reszka (PL), ARCHDECO architecture
  • Francesco Veenstra (NL), Mecanoo
  • Per Arnold Andersen (DK), VELUX Group

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