Ten Lighting Projects and Their
Lighting Designers Are Honored with
Prestigious Lumen Awards At the
IESNYC’s 49th Annual Lumen Gala

Paul Marantz Honored with the IESNYC Golden Achievement Award

The New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNYC) announces the recipients of the 2017 Lumen Awards at the 49th annual Lumen Gala held on June 15, 2017 at Pier 60 in Chelsea Piers. A signature program of the IESNYC, the Lumen Awards and Gala, showcase and celebrate excellence in lighting design. A record-breaking over 900 members of the lighting community and affiliated design industries attended the gala to toast this year’s Lumen Award winners, Golden Achievement winner Paul Marantz, and Section Service Award recipients Lee Brandt, Erin Gussert, and Derek Porter.

The Lumen Awards Jury selected ten projects deemed worthy of receiving a Lumen Award. The award-winning projects are presented in three categories: The Lumen Award of Excellence, the highest level of recognition for permanent architectural application; the Lumen Award of Merit, in recognition for a meritorious permanent architectural application; and a Lumen Citation, in recognition for an art installation, technical detail, portion of a single project, temporary installation, or other work.

The jury selected one Award of Excellence and it was presented to Brandston Partnership for the United States Air Force Academy – Center for Character & Leadership Development in Colorado Springs, CO.

Four Awards of Merit were presented. L’Observatoire International won a Merit for SteelStacks Campus in Bethlehem, PA; Lighting Workshop received two Merits, one for Squarespace Global Headquarters and for Saks Fifth Avenue at Brookfield Place, both in New York City; and KGM Architectural Lighting won for Hyundai Capital Convention Hall in Seoul, South Korea.

Five Citation Awards were presented. Dot Dash’s Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology at the Costume Institute’s Spring 2016 installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City (for excellence in exhibition lighting); SBLD Studio’s The Met Breuer (for a sensitive upgrade of an iconic building); Fisher Marantz Stone’s Park Avenue Armory’s Veteran’s Room in New York City (for historic decorative features); Tillotson Design Associates’ 599 Lexington Avenue Ground Floor Upgrades (for the transformation of a space through lighting); and Arup’s 1.8 by the artist, Janet Echelman, exhibited at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.

Over 80 submissions were received and reviewed by the 2017 Lumen Award Jury. Theresa Genovese, AIA, LEED AP, principal, CetraRuddy Architecture; John Newman, partner, LOOP Lighting, Eileen Pierce, founder and creative director, Pierce Lighting; Avinash Rajagopal, senior editor, Metropolis magazine; Martin van Koolbergen, AIA, LC, LEED AP, IALD, owner, Kaplan Gehring McCarroll Architectural Lighting; Gary Wong, studio leader, BOLD (Brian Orter Lighting Design).

“Tonight, we celebrate as a community, the best in lighting design,” says Clara Powell, LC, regional sales manager – New York, Cooledge and Adrienne Shulman, LC, northeast specification sales manager, Tech Lighting/ELEMENT, co-chairs of the Lumen Awards Committee. “It is especially rewarding to us that tickets to the gala sold out in a matter of days, a testament to the fact that after 49 years, the Lumen Awards continue to be the most prestigious awards in the industry, and the Lumen Gala is the best party of the year.”

Having the Grand Prize-winning installation of the 2017 IESNYC Student Lighting Competition (http://iesnyc.org/Student_Competition) on exhibit at the Lumen Gala was a first. Another signature program of the IESNYC, the annual competition supports the next generation of lighting designers. “Passage,” which was on view, was designed by students attending Parsons School of Design at the New School.

“One of the things we do as a Society and as the New York City Section is create the premiere lighting community that’s dedicated to promoting the art and science of quality lighting. And one of the things I’ve always loved about the Lumen Awards Gala is the comradery,” says Brian Belluomini, president of the IESNYC and a founder of Shimstone Studio. “Here we are, close to one thousand members of our lighting industry, joined together in one room in celebration of design excellence in lighting.”

Continuing an IESNYC tradition, Caleb McKenzie, LC, IADLA, a principal at US Lighting Consultants, and IESNYC vice president, joined Belluomini on stage for the ceremonial passing of the president’s gavel. McKenzie becomes section president on July 1, 2017.


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