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.
Meet our four Judges
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).
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).
Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions about the UNI LAB Award.
No. We request participants to follow the conditions of the submission as indicated in our website. To ensure a transparent and fair participation for all, posters must only include the project´s name and avoid showing any kind of personal references. Personal information in the poster is unnecessary since your project will be judged based only on the results of your project.
No, you can only participate in one project.
No, the ENVI-met UNI LAB Award is an international student competition. You can be based anywhere in the world and submit a project pertaining any place worldwide.
There is no specific time requirement on this, but you need to be sure that all participants have been enrolled as students within the 12 months before the submission deadline.
Yes. If you submit a project as a group, all members must sign the application form and acknowledge they comply with the conditions of enrolment.
You can use other software. However, as noted before, the way in which the projects use ENVI-met to conduct analysis and develop innovative solutions will be a key part of the evaluation. Therefore, it is expected that ENVI-met will be the primary software and tool used in your project.
Yes, since this will be a key consideration to score projects. Our software is the result of almost 30 years of research and development and is the most validated climate modelling software in the world. More than 3,000 independent studies and technical publications have validated the scientific results obtained with it. The software is based on a holistic, three-dimensional microclimate model. It simulates the climatological interactions between surfaces, plants, and the atmosphere. In addition to generating microclimate calculations accurate down to a square-meter, ENVI-met also analyses the effects of planning measures on the urban climate.
Click on our online form and provide the following information:
- Participant(s) name and contact information
- Entry title or project name
- Project details (year and location)
- Project description (500 words)
- Collaborator credits (optional)
- Client(s) name (optional)
- Once A2-sized poster (max. 10MB, landscape or portrait) including only the project´s title (no team´s or author´s name) plus an explanatory summary of the project in no more than 500 words.
- Minimum 5 pictures developed with ENVI-met and 1 representative photo or render 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.
You will receive email confirmation of receipt within 24 hours of submission. If you face any issues, please contact us on email@example.com.
No, in order to ensure the jury can fully understand and score your work, we require all information is provided in English.
Yes, this is not a limitation, but you should ensure project participants own the work contained in the submission, and it must be free of third parties’ rights or an express permission has been granted by all respective right holders. ENVI-met GmbH reserves the right to edit the material provided by entrants in order to publishing the winning projects. Winners will be notified about this prior to publication. Published materials will be suitably attributed.
Find below our key dates:
UNI LAB Award open for entries / January 15, 2022
Deadline / June 30, 2022 (23:59 CEST)
Judging / July to September 2022
Announcement of winners / October 2022
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:
- Methodology: 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 ENVI-met UNI LAB AWARD 2022 will reward the winning projects with a prize of 750 EUR for 1st place, 500 EUR for 2nd place and 250 EUR for third place.
The winners will be also featured with their project on our website and social media channels. As well winning students will receive feedback from the judges and a certificate, useful for CVs, LinkedIn, and similar purposes.
All these will contribute to your knowledge expansion and diffusion of your work in our international scientific and expert network.
Unfortunately, due to the expected high volume of submissions we cannot offer individual comments to the submissions.
The prizes will be paid electronically in euros. Any fees related to the delivery of the prices (e.g. transfer costs, exchange conversion fees) will be deducted from the final award amount received. Prize recipients are solely responsible for any tax or other obligations related to the prizes.
Welcome to the ENVI-met
UNI LAB AWARD 2022
Who we are and why we do what we do
With ENVI-met, we help create more liveable cities for people, in balance with the natural environment. While sustainability is often perceived as protecting the environment at the cost of meeting people’s needs, this does not have to be the case – and we can prove it with scientifically verifiable figures.
Since its founding in 2014, ENVI-met GmbH has been committed to understanding the dynamics of local environments to enable sustainable urban design. We use ENVI-met simulations to research and quantify the effects of architecture and urban planning on the microclimate of outdoor spaces.