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Juha Leiviskä © Juha Leiviskä Archive

Russell Foster © Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology

Henry Plummer © Henry Plummer


Announcement of the 2020 Daylight Award Laureates

The Daylight Award honours and supports daylight research and daylight in architecture, for the benefit of human health, well-being and the environment. The award places specific emphasis on the interrelation between theory and practice.

The Daylight Award was established by the philanthropic foundations VILLUM FONDEN, VELUX FONDEN and VELUX STIFTUNG, and is conferred biennially in two categories; The Daylight Award for Research and The Daylight Award for Architecture. Exceptionally for 2020, three laureates are announced, with an award celebrating the 40th anniversary of the very first Daylight Award. The award is given as personal prizes, and each to the sum of €100,000.

On the occasion of the 2020 International Day of Light, the Daylight Award has announced the 2020 Laureates: Juhai Leiviskä for his architecture, Russell Foster for his research, and, exceptionally, for this year, The Daylight Award is also given to Henry Plummer for his lifetime achievement.

Juha Leiviskä, Finland receives the award for his works of architecture that demonstrate a unique ability to make daylight an integral element of his buildings.

Russell Foster, United Kingdom receives the award for his clinical studies in humans addressing important questions regarding light.

Henry Plummer, United States, receives the award for lifetime achievement by recording daylight phenomena in his brilliant photography and writing.

The extraordinary award, made only this year celebrates the 40th anniversary of the very first Daylight Award, given to Jørn Utzon.

Learn more about the Daylight Award and the 2020 recipients here.


Jadrana Ćurković

The Daylight Award Communication

+385 91 1309 971

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