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Luminaries of the lighting profession gathered online for the first time to honor the winners of the 37th Annual International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) International Lighting Design Awards, presented by Cooper Lighting Solutions, the longest running and one of the most prestigious lighting design awards programs in existence. Twenty-one projects were on display from 8 countries—including exteriors, interiors, universities, museums, retail, and places of worship. This year’s winners represent some of the most innovative and inspiring architectural lighting design work found anywhere in the world.

IALD Awards Co-Chair Morgan Gabler, IALD, commented, “Every year we see an increase in the quality of entries and this year is certainly no different. Our seven-member panel of judges evaluate each project submission for demonstration of excellence across ten distinct areas in a rigorous and blind process.” IALD Award Co-Chair Mirjam Roos, IALD, added, “Projects recognised go beyond distinction in architectural lighting—we honor exceptional designs that evoke emotional responses, transform spaces, inspire awe, and bring real benefits to end users.” The highest point score winner across all entries, in addition to receiving an Award of Excellence for their project, received the IALD Radiance Award for Excellence in Lighting Design, the highest honour in architectural lighting design.

This year, the IALD Radiance Award for Excellence in Lighting Design award goes to Arup UK for The University of Sheffield Concourse in Sheffield, England UK.

The IALD Awards of Excellence are as follows:

The Keller Center – University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy | Chicago, IL USA | AKLD Lighting Design, Ltd.

Kistefos – The Twist | Jevnaker, Norway | Light Bureau

Re-Lighting of Interior of Norwich Cathedral | Norwich, England UK | Speirs + Major

Royal Opera House | London, England UK | Studio Fractal

Tennessee State Museum | Nashville, TN USA | HGA

The University of Sheffield Concourse | Sheffield, England UK | Arup UK

Vancouver Waterfront Park Grant Street Pier and Plaza | Vancouver, WA USA | Fisher Marantz Stone

The IALD Awards of Merit are as follows:

160 Spear Street | San Francisco, CA USA | PritchardPeck Lighting

Free Library of Philadelphia | Philadelphia, PA USA | Lam Partners

Green Jadeite | Kaohsiung City | Taiwan (ROC) | Art Light Design Consultants, Inc.

H&M Flagship Store Façade Lighting | Oslo, Norway | ZENISK AS

International Presbyterian Church | Ealing, England UK | 18 Degrees

La Vie Ltd. Wine & Spirits Merchant | Taipei, Taiwan (ROC) | J.Y. Lighting Design

Microsoft Buildings 121 & 122 | Redmond, WA USA | Dark Light Design

Nihombashi Mitsukoshi | Tokyo, Japan | Lighting Planners Associates

RH New York | New York, NY USA | Sean O’Connor Lighting

Shanghai Waterfront – 25 Landmarks | Shanghai, China | Overall Project Design Fisher Marantz Stone, in collaboration with seven lighting design firms

Singapore Buddhist Lodge | Singapore | Light Collab

Zurich Innovation Center Givaudan | Kemptthal, Switzerland | Lightsphere GmbH

The IALD Special Citations are as follows:

Boston City Hall Renovation | Boston, MA USA | Lam Partners

Rain | Washington, DC USA | Thurlow Small, Inc

The IALD is appreciative of our esteemed panel of seven judges for the 2020 IALD International Lighting Design Awards. The judges include five IALD members at various experience levels, including an architect and interior designer: Susanna Antico, IALD, Milan, Italy; Mark Loeffler, IALD, Hamden, CT USA; Kevin Theobald, IALD, Wells-Next-To-The-Sea, UK; Bob Shook, FIALD, Chicago, IL USA; Diane McNabb-Rodriguez, Associate IALD, Charlotte, NC USA; Ed Seiber, Architect, Atlanta, GA USA; and Nolita Ryan, Interior Designer, Sydney Australia.

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