IALD Awards 2021 honoured excellence in global lighting design

The International Association of Lighting Designers held its annual awards ceremony in an online event, honouring 20 projects that illustrate the importance of light in enriching lives.

by Jerry ElengicalPublished on : Aug 21, 2021

The 38th Annual IALD International Lighting Design Awards returned with an online event on June 24, 2021, assembling design luminaries from all across the world as it honoured 20 exceptional projects that represented the best in lighting design over the past year. As the second digital event held by the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) in the wake of pandemic-induced restrictions, the design awards were presented by US-based Cooper Lighting Solutions.

Starbucks Reserve Tianjin Riverside 66 Flagship Store , Tianjin, China (lighting design: WEGO Lighting Design) | IALD Awards 2021- IALD Award of Merit winner | STIRworld
Starbucks Reserve Tianjin Riverside 66 Flagship Store , Tianjin, China (lighting design: WEGO Lighting Design) Image: © Starbucks China, Courtesy of IALD Awards

Counted among the most prestigious international accolades in lighting design, the IALD Awards are also one of the longest running programs within this sphere. Since its establishment in Chicago, USA, back in 1969, IALD has strived to draw attention to the vital role played by light in human lives while recognising excellence in lighting design and supporting a network of more than 1,500 professionals that have met its stringent standards of accreditation. The IALD Awards serve as an extension of this purpose, in the form of a dedicated event that commemorates exemplary lighting design projects in the domains of architecture, interior design, memorials, hospitality design, retail design, hospitals, and places of worship.

Sharjah Mosque, Sharjah (lighting design: Light Concept) | IALD Awards 2021 | STIRworld
Sharjah Mosque, Sharjah (lighting design: Light Concept) Image: © Khacho Demergian, Courtesy of IALD Awards

IALD Awards Chair, Mirjam Roos, shared her thoughts on the event in an official statement: “Every year we see an increase in the quality of entries and this year is certainly no different. […] Our seven-member panel of judges evaluated each project submission for demonstration of excellence across ten distinct areas in a rigorous and blind process.”

01 min watch Boulevard of Arts in Dnipro, Ukraine (lighting design: Expolight)| IALD Awards 2021 | STIRworld
Boulevard of Arts in Dnipro, Ukraine (lighting design: Expolight) Video: © Expolight, Courtesy of IALD Awards

This jury included Julia Hartmann of Lightsphere (Zurich), Yahui Cheng of Light Poetic based in Melbourne and Taipei, Kristen Garibaldi of Arup (New York), interior and experiential designer Joe Lawton of Chicago-based Media Objectives, architect Tina Turrisi of HDR (Sydney), Vladan Paunovic of Ramboll (Copenhagen), and Glenn Heinmiller of Lam Partners (Cambridge, Massachusetts).

  • K11 Art and Cultural Centre, Hong Kong (lighting design: Speirs Major)| IALD Awards 2021 | STIRworld
    K11 Art and Cultural Centre, Hong Kong (lighting design: Speirs Major) Image: © Kris Provoost, Courtesy of IALD Awards
  • 01 min watch Façade of K11 Art and Cultural Centre, Hong Kong (lighting design: Speirs Major)| IALD Awards 2021 | STIRworld
    Façade of K11 Art and Cultural Centre, Hong Kong (lighting design: Speirs Major) Video: © Speirs Major, Courtesy of IALD Awards

During the event, the winners were announced by a duo of presenters consisting of 2020-2021 IALD President Douglas Leonard, as well as IALD Awards Chair Mirjam Roos. The 20 awardees were separated into four categories with respect to their point scores as determined by the judging panel. Firstly, IALD Special Citations were awarded to Expolight for the Boulevard of Arts in Dnipro, Ukraine, and the K11 Art and Cultural Centre in Hong Kong with lighting design by Speirs Major.

  • 25 E Washington Lobby, Chicago, USA (lighting design: Schuler Shook) | IALD Awards 2021 | STIRworld
    25 E Washington Lobby, Chicago, USA (lighting design: Schuler Shook) Image: © Steve Hall of Hall + Merrick Photographers, Courtesy of IALD Awards
  • 600 West Chicago Lobby Renovation, Chicago (lighting design: Schuler Shook)| IALD Awards 2021 | STIRworld
    600 West Chicago Lobby Renovation, Chicago (lighting design: Schuler Shook) Image: © Kendall McCaugherty of Hall + Merrick Photographers, Courtesy of IALD

Following this, 13 projects were presented with the IALD Award of Merit, including three awards for Schuler Shook within this bracket for 25 East Washington Lobby in Chicago, the 600 West Chicago Lobby Renovation, and The David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. L’Observatoire International based in New York, were cited for their work on the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington D.C. while Lighting Planners Associates, and Lighting Design International took home Awards of Merit for Takanawa Gateway Station in Tokyo and Harrods Fine Dining in London respectively.

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial, Washington D.C. (lighting design: L’Observatoire International) | IALD Awards 2021 | STIRworld
    Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial, Washington D.C. (lighting design: L’Observatoire International) Image: © Barry Halkin Photography, Courtesy of IALD Awards
  • Takanawa Gateway Station, Tokyo (lighting design: Lighting Planners Associates) | IALD Awards 2021 | STIRworld
    Takanawa Gateway Station, Tokyo (lighting design: Lighting Planners Associates) Image: © Lighting Planners Associates, Courtesy of IALD Awards
  • Harrods Fine Dining, London (lighting design: Lighting Design International | IALD Awards 2021 | STIRworld
    Harrods Fine Dining, London (lighting design: Lighting Design International) Image: © Kensington Leverne, Courtesy of IALD Awards

Office for Visual Interaction(OVI) received the IALD Award of Excellence for the committee rooms of the Canadian Parliament’s west block in Ottawa, Canada. The lighting design for the Central Mosque in Shali, Russia by independent lighting designers Natalya Koptseva and Vasily Tarasenko was also honoured with an Award of Excellence, alongside Light Bureau’s Kungsträdgården in Stockholm, Sweden, and Lux Populi’s NorthConnex in Sydney, Australia. All the projects felicitated within this category exhibited great technical articulation and aesthetic sensibilities.

  • Committee rooms of the Canadian Parliament’s west block, Ottawa, Canada (lighting design: Office for Visual Interaction)| IALD Awards 2021 | STIRworld
    Committee rooms of the Canadian Parliament’s west block, Ottawa, Canada (lighting design: Office for Visual Interaction) Image: © Wayne Cuddington of Postmedia Network, Courtesy of IALD Awards
  • Kungsträdgården, Stockholm, Sweden (lighting design: Light Bureau) | IALD Awards 2021 | STIRworld
    Kungsträdgården, Stockholm, Sweden (lighting design: Light Bureau) Image: © Kai Piippo, Courtesy of IALD Awards
  • 01 min watch Central Mosque, Shali, Russia (lighting design: Natalya Koptseva and Vasily Tarasenko)| IALD Awards 2021 | STIRworld
    Central Mosque, Shali, Russia (lighting design: Natalya Koptseva and Vasily Tarasenko) Video: © Vladimir Golikov, Courtesy of IALD Awards
  • NorthConnex, Sydney, Australia (lighting design: Lux Populi)| IALD Awards 2021 | STIRworld
    NorthConnex, Sydney, Australia (lighting design: Lux Populi) Image: © Tom Simpson, Courtesy of IALD Awards

The ceremony’s highest accolade - the IALD Radiance Award - was presented to Sirius Lighting Office Inc. for Toranomon Hills Business Tower in Tokyo. Before the big reveal, a short segment bid farewell to IALD CEO Marsha Turner, who was in the process of stepping down from the post she had helmed for 18 years. The interlude featured clips of previous IALD Presidents and executives congratulating Turner for her efforts in transforming IALD into the thriving organisation it is today.

  • Toranomon Hills Business Tower, Tokyo, Japan (lighting design: Sirius Lighting Office Inc.)  | STIRworld
    Toranomon Hills Business Tower, Tokyo, Japan (lighting design: Sirius Lighting Office Inc.) Image: © Fumito Suzuki, Courtesy of IALD Awards
  • Sirius Lighting Office Inc. received the highest scores among entrants for their work on the project, bagging the ceremony’s most prestigious accolade, the IALD Radiance Award Winner 2021| STIRworld
    Sirius Lighting Office Inc. received the highest scores among entrants for their work on the project, bagging the ceremony’s most prestigious accolade, the IALD Radiance Award Winner 2021 Image: © Fumito Suzuki, Courtesy of IALD Awards

Revealing a diversity of approaches and innovations, this year’s IALD winners offer a moving reminder of the power of light in enriching human lives, while illuminating the continued advancement of the field of lighting design.

The IALD Awards online event can be viewed here.

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