Fifteen award winners representing architectural lighting design projects from six countries comprise the winners of the 32nd Annual International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) International Lighting Design Awards, recognized at a presentation held 5 May at Gotham Hall in Las Vegas, NV USA. Of the fifteen projects recognized, one entry earned a Special Citation, ten earned Awards of Merit and four earned Awards of Excellence.
IALD International Lighting Design Awards Chair Rosemarie Allaire, IALD, shared her excitement about this year’s award-winning projects. “Every year, the IALD receives a d more than 200 submissions, drawn from all over the world. These projects were intriguing and inspiring; it was an honor to witness so many creative and innovative lighting projects from our talented industry. Each of these projects demonstrates unique and distinctive design solutions to enhance the architectural experience.”
The highest point score winner across all categories, in addition to receiving an Award of Excellence for their project, receives the IALD Radiance Award for Excellence in Lighting Design. Winners of the Radiance Award do not know in advance of their Radiance Award-winning status—only that they should be present at the evening’s award ceremony. The excitement is quite palpable at the event, which also serves as a fundraising dinner for the IALD Education Trust.
Accepting the Radiance Award for Excellence in Lighting Design was the project team from BUME Perfect Illumination Design & Engineering
Company, led by Qiu Wei, for The Han Show Theatre in Wuhan City, Hubei, China. This project’s award-winning qualities, as well as briefs on all other winning projects, are included in separate releases with images and credits where approval has been given.
THE IALD INTERNATIONAL LIGHTING DESIGN AWARDS: A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE
As the longest-running award program recognizing architectural lighting design excellence, receiving an IALD award nod is universally heralded as the top honor in the lighting design industry. The results of the 32nd Annual Lighting Design Awards underscore the IALD’s commitment to recognizing quality lighting as defined by both aesthetic and technical expertise. As project focus and lighting codes mandate a shift in paradigm to lighting that is sustainable and maintainable, rigorous judging criteria ensures the IALD International Lighting Design Awards remains relevant, mirroring the global design environment. Over the years this program has become an industry benchmark, setting the bar in a position that requires adherence to the highest quality lighting design parameters.
IALD AWARDS PROGRAM RECOGNIZES LIGHTING DESIGN ACHIEVEMENT, INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS
The IALD awards are the longest-running award program recognizing architectural lighting design excellence; receiving an IALD award nod is universally heralded as the top honor in the lighting design industry. Over the years, this program has become an industry benchmark, setting the bar in a position that required adherence to the highest quality lighting design parameters.
The IALD is always thrilled and honored to receive a large number of entries, and especially appreciative of our esteemed panel of seven judges who spend three full days reviewing entries. The judges include five IALD members at various experience levels, including a sustainability expert. An interior designer and architect join these five IALD members to complete the panel of seven judges.
2015 IALD INTERNATIONAL LIGHTING DESIGN AWARD JUDGES
The judging process is an integral part of the awards program, and the IALD is delighted to have secured a fantastic panel of judges this year, including:
• GILBERTO FRANCO, IALD, FRANCO ASSOCIADOS, SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
• LEWIS GOETZ, FAIA, FIIDA, BASKERVIIL – METRO DC, WASHINGTON, DC USA
• STEPHEN LEES, FIALD, HORTON LEES BROGDEN LIGHTING DESIGN INC, NEW YORK, NY USA
• MAUREEN MORAN, IALD, MCLA ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING DESIGN, WASHINGTON, DC USA
• LESLIE NORTH, IALD, AURORA LIGHTING DESIGN, GRAYSLAKE, IL USA
• LEE PRINCE, IALD, LIGHT & DESIGN ASSOCIATES, LONDON, UK
• JASON ROSENBLATT, NELSON, CHICAGO, IL USA
2015 IALD INTERNATIONAL LIGHTING DESIGN AWARDS CHAIR
ROSEMARIE ALLAIRE, IALD, ROSEMARIE ALLAIRE LIGHTING DESIGN, DANA POINT, CA USA
Judging took place at the IALD Headquarters office in Chicago, IL, USA, in December 2014.
THE PROCESS: JUDGING CRITERIA
The IALD International Lighting Design Awards program honors lighting design that reaches new heights, moves beyond the ordinary and represents excellence in aesthetic and technical design achievement.
Only those projects demonstrating consistent design quality and technical expertise receive award recognition after three straight days of judging.
The judging for the IALD International Lighting Design Awards is rigorous and blind to uphold the integrity of the process. Scoring is quantitative, with each judge confidentially assigning a numeric value to each criterion after a period of discussion. Ballots are tallied and results kept confidential until judging concludes. There is no point during the process in which judges are made aware of where a specific project stands in terms of receiving an award.
For more information and for the list of award winners, please visit the IALD website at www.iald.org.