The Daylight Award is presented to scientists and architects who have contributed to the knowledge and the use of daylight with a special focus on the connection between theory and practice.

The Daylight Award honuors and supports daylight research and the use of daylight in architecture. Daylight affects our health, well-being and the environment, and The Daylight Award has specific emphasis on the interaction between theory and practice.

VILLUM FONDEN, VELUX FONDEN and the VELUX STIFTUNG, three non-profit, private charitable foundations established by Villum Kann Rasmussen, present the Daylight Award of €100,000 to each laureate.

Previous laureates:

  • Jørn Utzon (DK) (1980)
  • Henning Larsen (DK) (1987)
  • Richard Perez (USA) (2008)
  • James Carpenter (USA) (2010)
  • Lacaton & Vassal (F) (2011)
  • Marilyne Andersen (CH) (2016)
  • Steven Holl (USA) (2016)

The Daylight Award is presented as two awards, one for research and one for architecture.

The award for Daylight research is presented to an individual or a group of researchers who have distinguished themselves by contributing to the international daylight research. The award has special emphasis on interdisciplinarity and research in human well-being and the opportunities to link theory to practice.

The award for Daylight in Architecture is presented to an individual or a group of architects who have distinguished themselves by creating architecture or urban spaces that exhibit a unique use of daylight that shows consideration to the quality of life and the effects on human health, comfort and the value for the surrounding environment.

The Daylight Award will be awarded again in 2018.

The awardees 2016: Marilyne Andersen and Steven Holl