The Daylight Award Ceremony 2018


The Daylight Award Event on 27 September 2018

VILLUM FONDEN, VELUX FONDEN and VELUX STIFTUNG are delighted to invite you to the prestigious Daylight Award ceremony 2018 – A celebration of daylight in architecture and daylight research.

This year we honour the Japanese architect Hiroshi Sambuichi for his outstanding architecture and the American researcher Greg Ward for his revolutionary simulation program, Radiance.

The award for Daylight in Architecture
Hiroshi Sambuichi, Architect and Founder of Sambuichi Architects
Hiroshima, Japan

The award for Daylight Research
Greg Ward, Consultant for Anyhere Software and Senior Member of Technical Staff – Research at Dolby Laboratories, Inc. and creator of the simulation tool Radiance
San Francisco, US

We hope you will join us in celebrating their works at the exclusive, international gathering on:

27 September 2018 from 15.00– 20.00 at The Rolex Learning Center in Lausanne, Switzerland


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15:00 – 15:30
Welcome and refreshments

15:30 – 17.30
Hiroshi Sambuichi is awarded The Daylight Award for his `Daylight in Architecture’ followed by a lecture by Hiroshi Sambuichi.
Greg Ward is awarded The Daylight Award for his `Daylight Research´ followed by a lecture by Greg Ward
Panel with the Laureates and The Daylight Award Jury on ‘Bridging architecture and research´. The Daylight Award Jury consists of Marilyne Andersen (CH), who will also moderate the ceremony, James Carpenter (USA), Stephen Selkowitz (USA), Florence Lam (UK), Per Olaf Fjeld (N), Koen Steemers (UK), Aki Kawasaki (CH) and Hubert Klumpner (CH).

17:30 – 20:00
Standing dinner and networking

Practical Information

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Time and place of the ceremony
27 September 2018 at 15.00-20.00
at The Rolex Learning Center
Campus EPFL
CH-1015 Lausanne

The Rolex Learning Center
The Rolex Learning Center is a part of École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and functions amongst others as a library and learning space. The building, inaugurated in 2010, is designed by the multiple award-winning Japanese architectural practice SANAA founded by Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa and it is an architectural landmark in Switzerland.

The two hotels closest to the Rolex Learning Center are The Starling Hotel and The Swiss Tech Hotel.
Guests are responsible for booking their own stay and payment upon check-out.

Geneva Airport is the closest international airport. It is a 50-minute drive by car or a 40-minute train journey from Lausanne (60 km). Guests are responsible for the own transportation.

Please contact the secretariat of The Daylight Award on for any further inquiries.

The Daylight Award is presented by the philanthropic foundations, VILLUM FONDEN, VELUX FONDEN and VELUX STIFTUNG, non-profit foundations established by Villum Kann Rasmussen, the Danish industrialist who designed the VELUX roof window and other building components. The foundations support a wide range of non-profit purposes, in scientific, social, cultural and environmental projects. The foundations have presented daylight awards since 1980 to a.o. Jørn Utzon, Henning Larsen, Bob Gysin, Richard Perez, Peter Zumthor, James Carpenter, Lacaton & Vassal, Gigon & Guyer and SANAA – celebrated as national events in Denmark and Switzerland. The Daylight Award is given every second year – in 2016 to Marilyne Andersen and Steven Holl.