Sixteen Winners Chosen in 31st Annual IALD International Lighting Design Awards

Sixteen award winners representing architectural lighting design projects from 10 countries—representing an increasingly diverse group of award-winning projects for the IALD awards—comprise the winners of the 31st Annual International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) International Lighting Design Awards, recognized at a presentation held June 4 at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas.

Of the sixteen projects recognized, four entries earned a Special Citation, five earned Awards of Merit and seven earned Awards of Excellence. IALD International Lighting Design Awards Chair Rosemarie Allaire, IALD, shared her excitement about this year’s award-winning projects. “The IALD received 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 Keith Bradshaw of Speirs + Major for In Lumine Tuo in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

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 31st 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.

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:

    FAITH BAUM, IALD, ILLUMINATION ARTS LLC, BLOOMFIELD, N.J.
    GOLSANA HESHMATI, ASSOCIATE IALD, CALLISON, NEW YORK
    GERD PFARRÉ, FIALD, PFARRÉ LIGHTING DESIGN, MUNICH
    JENNIFER PIESZAK, IALD, PIESZAK LIGHTING DESIGN, BROOKLINE, MASS.
    KEVAN SHAW, IALD, KSLD, EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
    GUY SMITH, AIA, GUY SMITH ARCHITECTURE/LIGHTING, LOS ANGELES
    CHARLES STONE, FIALD, FISHER MARANTZ STONE, NEW YORK

    2014 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 2013.

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. View the list of awards winners.

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