Find out today who are the winners that have explored in an unique manner the generous theme of daylight.
Each year Bringing Light to Life Architectural Design Awards challenges architects and designers from Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Turkey to approach daylight in their projects by using natural lighting solutions from VELUX. We spend 90% of our time indoors, and this affects our health. This is why buildings have to contribute more to the well-being of humans with the two major facts for a good indoor climate: daylight and fresh air. We cannot live without daylight. Daylight influences our ability to concentrate, productivity, health and sleep.
Bringing Light to Life Architectural and Design Awards is an opportunity for architects and designers to share with a global audience their latest projects, where they have integrated VELUX roof windows and/or sun tunnels for sloped and/or flat roofs. These year’s theme, Let your story become the winner emphasizes our desire to see projects, which beyond their architectural value, do tell a story.
Saša Budjevac was born in Niš in 1961.
He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Belgrade.
He has won many professional awards and recognitions in architecture, interior design as well as industrial and graphic design.
He is a founder of ARHITEKTURA BUDJEVAC in Niš, where his architectural practice is based.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Architect from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and co-founder and co-owner of the architectural bureau "Normal arhitektura" since 2002.
He studied at the Faculty of Architecture in Sarajevo and ETSAB in Barcelona. Recognizable for its innovative and ambitious approach in its projects, it runs away from current conventions in architecture and design. He often harmonizes projects for sustainable design using nature and not speaking against it. Among the significant projects are the Parents' House and the Music Farm in Sarajevo, the MODUL factory in Sanski Most and the Flying Carpet.
In addition to active architectural practice, until 2010, he was a lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture in Sarajevo, a guest lecturer at ETSAB in Barcelona, IUS in Sarajevo and VAI in Austria. He also conducts research in the field of computer intelligent design, 3D printing and furniture design.
Mr. Serban Tiganas was the President of Romanian Architects Order (2010-2018). He was also Member of the board of ACE between 2008-2010, Member of the UIA Council between 2014-2017. Between 2014 -2017 he was General Secretary UIA.
Starting with 2020, Mr. Tiganas is the Dean of Architecture and Urbanism Cluj-Napoca.
His career has developed on three levels: of the profession, through the projects carried out with the architectural office "DICO&TIGANAS" where one of the founders is; professional trainings, as a professor at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca and as an activist for the profession.
Several prizes have been granted to the projects of DICO&TIGANAS team as follows:
Architizer A + (New York, 2013), UAR President Award (Bucharest, 2012), BATRA (Cluj-Napoca, 2012), nominations for the European Union Awards for Architecture, Mies van der Rohe (Barcelona, 2013 and 2019).
Dragan Vuković - Directorate of the Chief State Architect
Date and place of birth: 10. july 1957. Nikšić, Montenegro.
1983 - 1994.
- Trainee at the Institute of Agroeconomics, Podgorica
- Designer, Responsible Designer, Lead Designer
- Head of the project bureau
- Director of the Institute for Engineering and Design
- Director of the Institute
1994 – 2019. “Green House” d.o.o, founder, director, lead designer
2019 – present Chief State Architect at the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism
He is the Founder / Chief Architect at RADiUs architects doo Skopje. In terms of education from 2012 – present he is the PhD Candidate in Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb. During 1998-2001 he studied B.Sc. in Architectural engineering Faculty of Architecture Ss. Cyril and Methodius University – Skopje, R. Macedonia
He has a long work experience starting with helding an architect position at Mebius Grop, followed by CEO position/Chief architect during 2001-2021 at Studio2000 dooel Skopje. Currently he is the Chief architect being also the founder of RADiUs architects doo Skopje.
He received various AWARDS: BIMAS 2016 Special award for Pro Credit office building
and has been granted the prizes for several competitions such: Multi-storey car park 2016 – I prize and Town house Ohrid 2015 – II prize
Chief architect of Sofia Metropolitan Municipality Arch. Zdravko Zdravkov was born in Pleven in 1972. He graduated in Architecture from UACEG in 1997.
His graduation project was a shopping center, for which he received an award from the Bulgarian Chamber of Architects.
Experienced in administration, he has been Head of Urban Department in the Municipality of Pleven, after which he started working as a freelancer. At the same time, he was appointed as Chief Architect of the Municipality of Cherven Bryag for a period of four years. In 2004 he left his administrative job and continue to work for architectural studio "Quadra 04" which he founded in 1997. During the construction boom the studio designed many residential buildings and commercial representation offices in Pleven, recognizable by their emblem and individuality.
In April 2016 arch. Zdravkov was appointed as Chief Architect of Sofia Metropolitan Municipality
Gokhan Avcioglu was born in Ankara, Turkey in 1960. Gokhan Avcioglu completed his education in KSU/BA in Architecture. He is the principal and founder of GAD
in Istanbul, established in 1994. Among his projects are office buildings, public spaces, commercial spaces and residences in Istanbul, Bodrum, New Jersey, Washington DC,
Virginia and Connecticut. Among his most recent award winning projects are Media City, AKH KNDU Villas, KUUM Hotel and Residences, Pınar Logistics Centre, Fish Market and
Trump Cadde. A number of his projects have been short listed for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, including two projects in Kadikoy Park, completed in 1998 and 2004, Yalova Elyaf completed in 2001, and Esma Sultan completed in 2005.
Recent awards include 2017 WAFX Smart City Prize, 2017 The American Architecture Prize, 2017 AR Future Projects Awards, Jeu d’Esprit Prize, 2015 Green Good Design, 2014
German Iconic Awards. Gokhan has also been featured in TV programs, including BBC & Channel 4. Since 2001, Mr. Avcioglu has been conducting studios and seminars at the Ecole Speciale d'Architecture in Paris, Yildiz Technical University
and Istanbul Technical University. Gokhan Avcioglu is a member of RIBA, AIA New York Chapter, Chamber of Architects Turkey.
Global winners BLL2019
Architect from Bulgaria, co-founder of STUDIO HO_RA is one of the team member of the Global winner Bringing Light to Life Awards 2019.
He studied at Politecnico di Milano, Msc Architecture (Graduated Cum Laude), 1st School of Architecture - Campus “Leonardo” from Milan, Italy and VIA University College Bsc Architectural Technologies and Construction Management, Horsens, Denmark
His entire professional activity speak for himself: speaker TEDx lectured about ideas behind "Project Ephemera" and the purpose of the research. He is also a researcher and founder of Architectural Research Think Tank and had a valuable contribution in various Bulgarian architectural publications.
Bulgarian architect, engineer and co-founder of STUDIO HO_RA is the other part of the team member of the Global winner Bringning Light to Life awards 2019.
Like his colleague, he also studied at Politecnico di Milano, VIA Denmark B.Sc Architectural Technologist, BFH Switzerland M.Sc. Timber Engineering and also a PhD candidate at UIC Barcelona.
He is the founder of www.nextdom.eu – steel houses and is an active collaborator as a project manager at STRABAG. In his research activities, being founder of new floor system, he was granted an award fund of € 20,000
President “OAR” & Architect “A. PLAN”
President of The Architects Order of Romania
He is the founder of the architecture office A. Plan (2006)
He graduated UAUIM, Faculty of Architecture Bucharest in 2004 and master in Conservation of Built Heritage in 2007.
He is certified as a specialist in urbanism RUR (2007 PUD, PUZ; 2009 PUG, studies of urban history and heritage protection) and judicial technical expert for the Ministry of Justice (2011).
Vice President Region CEE at VELUX
Meszaros Kristian works within VKR Group since 2002.
He started his career at RoofLite Hungary as logistics manager and during the period 2015-2020 he was the director at Altaterra.
Starting with September 2020 he took over the position of Vice President Region Central & Eastern Europe at VELUX
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- Family houses
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