Student Award Program

Besides our mission to help build more liveable cities for people, we are committed to raising awareness about climate change amongst students worldwide. We have therefore launched an international competition to reward student projects which demonstrate innovative solutions against this threat using the microclimatic analysis tools of ENVI-met.  Projects should measure and demonstrate the impact of urban design strategies and nature-based solutions to address climate challenges and improve urban resilience in an innovative way.

The ENVI-met UNI LAB AWARD 2022 will reward the winning projects for

1st place: 750 EUR
2nd place: 500 EUR and
3rd place: 250 EUR.

Students of all disciplines and of any university worldwide are welcome to participate. Projects can be developed individually or as a group, but all participants need to have been enrolled as students within the 12 months before the submission deadline.

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How to Participate

UNI LAB Award open for entries
February 1, 2022

June 30, 2022 (23:59 CEST)

July to September 2022

Announcement of winners
October 2022

To participate, upload your submission before the deadline via our online form. All information should be in English.

You will receive email confirmation of receipt within 24 hours of submission. If you face any issues, please contact us on

Submission requirements

Upload one A2-sized poster in PDF format (landscape or portrait), including only the project title (no author or team names) plus an explanatory summary of your project in no more than 500 words. PDF file size no more than 10MB.

The A2 poster must include at least 5 pictures developed with the ENVI-met software and at least 1 representative render or photo of the place of analysis. This excludes graphs and tables – we suggest limiting the use of these in your poster. You can find examples of the kind of pictures we appreciate in different sections of our website. Winning projects will be asked at a later time to submit individual images in a suitable resolution for online publication.

Innovation and creativity are highly encouraged. However, we recommend thinking carefully about the material you submit since this will help us to understand and assess your project but also to present your work to our international network in social media.

Further information about the ENVI-met UNI LAB Award can be found in the FAQ section.


Please note the project participants must own the work contained in the submission, and it must be free of third parties’ rights or express permission must be granted by all respective right holders.

ENVI-met GmbH reserves the right to edit materials provided by entrants in order to publishing the winning projects and winners will be notified regarding their materials prior to publication. Published materials will be suitably attributed.

Evaluation of Submissions

The winners will be selected by an independent jury of four outstanding international experts in the field of sustainable architecture. The jury will be looking for projects that use ENVI-met tools to develop creative and innovative solutions against climate change. A creative and innovative approach could encompass different aspects, for instance the variety of numerical methods used, the design approach or the feasibility and level of impact of the solution beyond just solely addressing environmental challenges.

Key factors the jury will consider include:

An innovative, coherent and accurate approach to simulation, analysis and design.

Research by design
Innovation in seeking urban design strategies and nature-based solutions to address climate challenges and improve urban resilience.

Interdisciplinary thinking
Solutions which tackle issues from multiple angles or involve different fields of expertise – e.g linking climatic and microclimatic analysis to ecosystem quality, decarbonization and health.

Multi-scalar approach
Solutions that apply on different scales – e.g. from the street scale to the city scale.

Communication clarity
Quality of visualization and communication of data and results to a wide, non-expert audience e.g. citizens, policy makers, civic organizations, businesses etc.

Sustainability and Science
Solutions which consider economic, cultural, social and environmental aspects and are sensitive to the local context and challenges.

The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.


Meet our four Judges

Emanuele Naboni

Associate Professor of Climate Change Design at the University of Parma (Italy), Lecturer at the Master of Architecture of Extreme Environments at The Royal Design Academy (Copenhagen, Denmark), Module Leader at the School of Sustainability of Mario Cucinella Architects (Milano, Italy).

Paula Cadima

Director of the March & MSc Sustainable Environmental Design at the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA), PhD Supervisor, Member of the AA Academic Board, Academic Committee and Internal Assessment Committee.Architect.

Caio Frederico E Silva

Associate Professor at the University of Brasilia (Brazil), Coordinator of the Architecture and Urbanism Post-graduation Program. Associate researcher of the University Nova de Lisboa (Portugal). Collaborator Researcher of the Critical Landscapes Design Lab (Graduate School of Design – Harvard University, United States).

Marjolein Pijpers-van Esch

Assistant Professor of Environmental Technology and Design at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the Delft University of Technology, Academic Lead Climate Change Adaptation of the TU Delft Climate Action Programme 2021-2030 (The Netherlands).


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