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DESIGN TRENDS


THE 2012 IALD INTERNATIONAL LIGHTING DESIGN AWARDS JUDGES SHARE WHAT TAKEAWAYS FROM THE AWARDS SUBMISSIONS AND JUDGING PROCESS HAVE IMPACTED THEIR DESIGN WORK


DENISE FONG, IALD


CANDELA ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING DESIGN SEATTLE, WA USA


We viewed a wide range of projects during the judging process, and it was clear that the designers had a passion for bringing a high quality visual environment to their clients, whether the project was a well-known monument or a humble office space. High quality design doesn’t depend on the project type so much as it does on the project designer. The “project designer” might be one person or a whole team of people, but


G. MICHAEL GEHRING, IALD, FAIA, LC, LEED AP


KAPLAN GEHRING MCCARROLL ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING EL SEGUNDO, CA USA


It was a great privilege to spend three full days analyzing some of the best lighting design projects in the world. Most of them had one thing in common: they possessed a clear vision and boiled


their schemes down to one strong idea. I have always admired that aspect of great design, and now I try to achieve that even more in my own work.


with a commitment to design they can create an environment that engages the public in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. Additionally, these projects are sensitive to the wise use of our resources. There are, at times, a tension between those two desires, but the best projects will be successful at both. It was a pleasure to see so many well done projects.


PAMELA HULL WILSON, FIALD PHW LIGHTING DESIGN DALLAS, TX USA


Serving as judge for the IALD Awards program provides a unique opportunity to view the state of our craft through the accomplishments of peers worldwide. This year’s entries illustrate that, thanks to design innovation and technology, lighting is playing an increasingly integral role in setting an emotional stage. Whether commemorating a loss, celebrating a cause, or striking a welcoming chord, lighting helps set the tone that evokes a desired emotion. This year’s winning entries leave no doubt that we


TOM KACZKOWSKI, AIA, LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE HELLMUTH, OBATA + KASSABAUM INC ST LOUIS, MO USA


Judging the IALD awards this year was an excellent, eye-opening experience for me, even after many rounds judging the Illuminating Engineering Society awards and 25 years of lighting design practice. The IALD awards process displayed the significant difference between solid, well-executed lighting design and really great lighting design.


MIRJAM ROOS, ASSOCIATE IALD STEENSEN VARMING PTY LTD SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA


It was a great honour to be part of the judging panel for this year’s awards and to work alongside such talented and experienced judges. More than anything, I took away a great sense of pride in our profession, which seems to evolve in talent and skill every year. While there is still a long way ahead of us in the establishment and recognition of the lighting design profession, the award entries and especially the winning projects confirm the importance of


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what we do and the ability of lighting to enrich environments and to create beauty. Each winning project tells a unique story and is inspiring as an advocate for conceptual integrity, technical skill, sustainability, team collaboration and overall innovation. Being part of the judging process has been a great motivator for my own design work and my commitment to our profession.


Great lighting design, which we honor in this


year’s awards, incorporates three key elements. First, these projects display strong overall design concepts. Second, we see passionate team collaboration from the project leaders. Finally, these projects illustrate meticulous building systems coordination.


are more skilled than ever at using light to clarify, enlighten and color any given situation. In exterior and interior project entries, lighting signaled emotion – the calmness of a cathedral entry, the serenity and playfulness of a plaza, the drama of a display, or the renewed energy of a street scene. This year’s award-winners took on the challenge by answering the functional need while enhancing an emotional response. In doing so, they set the pace for design and technological innovation in our industry.


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