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The IESNYC Celebrates 50 LUMEN Years

Bloomberg European Headquarters, London, UK. Photo: Nigel Young

The New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNYC) announced the recipients of the 2018 Lumen Awards at the 50th annual Lumen Gala held on June 14, 2018, at Pier 60 in Chelsea Piers. A signature program of the IESNYC, the Lumen Awards and Gala, showcases and celebrates excellence in lighting design. Members of the lighting community and affiliated design industries attended the gala to toast this year's Lumen Award winners, and IES Section Service Awards winners.

"Just as theater has the Tonys, film has the Oscars, and television has the Emmys, the lighting industry has the Lumens Awards. The IESNYC has been celebrating the lighting community for over 50 years and we are proud to co-chair this year's Golden Anniversary of the Lumen Awards and Gala," says Clara Powell, LC, MIES, regional sales manager, Cooledge Lighting and Adrienne Shulman, LC, MIES, regional sales manager, ERCO Lighting. "Tonight, we honor lighting designers who have made our City and our world a better place."

The Lumen Awards Jury selected 11 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.

Two Awards of Excellence were presented to Tillotson Design Associates for Bloomberg's European Headquarters and for the London Mithraeum.

Four Awards of Merit were presented: Kugler Ning Lighting won a Merit for restoration of the McKim, Mead & White Dining Room in a private club; L'Observatoire International received a Merit for the renovation of Longwood Gardens; Lighting Workshop won for 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge; and Tillotson Design Associates took home another Award for the Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center.

Five Citation Awards were presented: Paramedia received a Citation for Whiteout, on view during winter 2018 at Madison Square Park; PHT Lighting Design received one for Wave/Cave; L'Observatoire International received a Citation for The Grill at the Seagram Building; Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design received a Citation for George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Theater; and PhoScope received a Citation for Solar Lighting in Martissant.

Over 100 submissions were received and reviewed by the 2018 Lumen Award Jury: Francesca Bastianini, MIES, principal, Sighte Studio; Noele de Leon, LEED AP, MIES, senior lighting designer, WeWork; Guy Geier, FAIA, FIIDA, LEED AP, managing partner, FXCollaborative Architects and president of the AIANY Chapter; Andressa Lopes, senior associate, Cooley Monato; Christopher Marta, director, L'Observatoire International; Olivia Martin, managing editor, The Architect's Newspaper (at the time of the judging), and currently style and interiors writer, Town & Country Magazine; and Robert Nadel, LC, MIES, vice president, Energy and Lighting Systems.

"Just over 50 years ago, a determined group of lighting designers from our section decided that the existing IES Awards program was too geared towards engineering and so they decided that IESNYC would create their own awards based on great design as well as proper performance criteria," says Caleb McKenzie, LC, IALDA, MIES, president of the IESNYC, and a principal of US Lighting Consultants. "Over the course of 50 years, the Lumens have grown from its New York City base into a national event, and a very prestigious international award. The IESNYC is so proud of this achievement."

The IESNYC will continue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Lumen Awards throughout 2018 with programs and an exhibit that will look at what new technologies will shape the design of future Lumen Award-winning projects.

The IESNYC Lumen Awards program was conceived and managed by the New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society in 1968. It was developed to publicly recognize lighting design members whose exceptional professionalism, ingenuity, and originality in lighting design has culminated in some of the world's most innovative lighting projects. The Lumens are the oldest lighting design awards program in existence. The Lumen Awards Gala began as a small event and has grown incrementally with each passing year. For the 2018 Gala, over 900 attendees from various sectors of the industry, including lighting designers, reps, interior designers, architects, manufacturers, consultants, and academics came to celebrate. The Lumen Gala has garnered the well-deserved reputation of being more than an awards presentation. As befitting the IESNYC, the Lumen Gala is known to be the most rousing celebration of lighting design and lighting designers in the world.

2018 Lumen Awards of Excellence
London Mithraeum, London, UK
Lighting design by Tillotson Design Associates
Suzan Tillotson, Mitul Parekh, and Shan Jiang
Haze lighting design by Schreiber Studio
Exhibition architect: Studio Joseph
Lead designer: Local Projects
Architect of record: Foster + Partners
Lead designer: Local Projects

Jury comments: A mystical solution that reinforces the nature of the exhibit and the "other-worldliness" of the ruins. The lighting brings the museum to life with creative strategies and stunning visual effects that push the technicality of light to achieve remarkable things.

Bloomberg European Headquarters, London, UK
Lighting design by Tillotson Design Associates
Suzan Tillotson, Mitul Parekh, Erin Dreyfous, Sara McElroy, and Krista Kennedy
Architect: Foster + Partners

Jury comments: An unexpectedly striking lighting system reinforces a beautiful workplace interior. The integration of lighting into the fabulous ceiling system creates a textural and visually exciting lighting solution that is comfortable and performs well for an office environment.

2018 Lumen Awards of Merit
McKim, Mead & White Dining Room Restoration, New York, New York
Lighting design by Kugler Ning Lighting Jerry Kugler, Burr Rutledge, Junrui Wang, and Jackson Ning

Jury comments: An elegant restoration project that accentuates the beauty and detail of the room while offering an effective lighting solution. It's lovely to see the architectural features of the room highlighted with concealed fixtures that now allow us to appreciate this historic space.

Longwood Gardens Renovation, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Lighting design by L'Observatoire International
Hervé Descottes, Jason Neches, and Natalia Priwin
Architect: Beyer Blinder Belle
Landscape architect: West 8
Water feature design and engineering: Fluidity Design Consultants

Jury comments: A brilliant and joyful "tour de force." The elegant lighting strategies belie the immensely technical efforts required of this project. Technical wizardry was at play.

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, New York
Lighting design by Lighting Workshop
Doug Russell and Jeeyoung Park

Architect: Marvel Architects
Interior designer: INC Architecture & Design

Jury comments: Subtle lighting treatments help create a series of cohesive environments that feel fresh and serene. The strength of the design comes from celebrating visible lighting fixtures that support the raw industrial aesthetic with integrated layers of light that bring out the texture of the building materials.

The Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center, New York, New York
Lighting design by Tillotson Design Associates
Suzan Tillotson, Erin Dreyfous, Scott Baillie-Hinojosa, and Christopher Cheap
Architect: Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Executive architect: Gensler

Jury comments: Innovative lighting solutions fulfill a myriad of lighting needs and it's beautiful to see how the lighting responds to the varying volumes. The lighting design is strong in that it appears to be a functional interior, but it also has a strong exterior night image.

2018 Lumen Citation Awards
Citation for Public Art
Whiteout, New York, New York
Lighting design by: Paramedia
Erwin Redl
Electrical engineer: Fernekes Design
Producer: UAP

Jury comments: It is always exciting to see lighting as the medium for public art. This installation is mesmerizing and wonderful to see with the snow as a reflector.

Citation for an Art Installation
Wave/Cave, Milan, Italy
Lighting design by: PHT Lighting Design
Peiheng Tsai and Mariana Basilio Verdeja
Architect: SHoP Architects
Structural engineer: ARUP
Installation: Metalsigma Tunesi

Jury comments: I love seeing lighting used as the medium for public art.

Citation for Design Preservation The Grill at the Seagram Building, New York, New York
Lighting design by: L'Observatoire International
Hervé Descottes, Wei Jien, and Jenny Ivansson
Interior designer: Georgis & Mirgorodsky
Architect-of-record: Richard H. Lewis Architect

Jury comments: Renovating this celebrated restaurant in a landmark interior, was undoubtedly a daunting challenge and the lighting design rose to the occasion. The subtle, almost invisible upgrade to Richard Kelly's design with new energy efficient technology was beautifully accomplished.

Citation for a Ceiling Feature
George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Theater, Salt Lake City, Utah
Lighting design by: Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design
Francesca Bettridge, Michael Hennes, Nira Wattanachote, and Glenn Fujimura
Architect: Pelli Clark Pelli
Architect-of-record: HKS Architects

Jury comments: Reminiscent of the ceiling at the iconic Fox Theatre in Atlanta. The constellation ceiling is memorable and charming. It's wonderful to see a dynamic and custom creative solution built upon a standard module.

Citation for a Humanitarian Action
Solar Lighting in Martissant, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
Lighting design by: PhoScope
Nathalie Rozot
Implementation: Concepteurs Luminere Sans Fontiereres

Jury comments: How wonderful to see members of our industry share their knowledge of lighting with underserved communities. The kit-of-parts approach addresses sustainable lighting needs at the personal and community level and attempts to solve a critical humanitarian issue.

For more details on this year's and past Lumen Award winners visit www.flipsnack.com/IESNYC/2018-iesnyc-lumen-awards-journal.html

"In addition to the Lumen Awards, the IESNYC presents IES Section Service Awards at the Gala and every year, we form a committee to form and review nominations of members who have provided exemplary levels of service and dedication," says Mike Barr, IESNYC vice president, chair of the nominations and awards committee, and senior account manager at Lutron. "This years' Service Award winners have shared their time and talent to further our mission by sharing their time and talent."

The 2018 IESNYC Brilliance Award was presented to Robert Prouse, IALD, FIES, partner/president of Branston Partnership, industry leader, teacher, in recognition of dedication and contribution to the New York City lighting community.

The 2018 IES Section Service Award is given in recognition of outstanding service of five or more years to the section that has significantly furthered the purpose of the society continuously in various programs and activities. The award was presented to Nathalie Faubert, MIES, senior associate, CBBLD, and founder of Moonlighting, a collaboration of, the IESNYC/IALD/DLFNY, and an adjunct faculty member teaching lighting design at NYSID.

A 2018 IES Meritorious Service Award was presented to Clara Powell, LC, MIES, regional sales manager, Cooledge Lighting, co-chair of the Lumens, past president of the IESNYC, in recognition of outstanding service of 15 years or more to the section that has significantly furthered the purpose of the society continuously in various programs and activities.

A 2018 Meritorious Awards was also presented to Suzan Tillotson, founder and president of Tillotson Design Associates for her support of the IESNYC in many ways including being sponsorship spokesperson.

The IESNYC is the New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society, the oldest and largest Section in the IES. The IESNYC is a volunteer professional membership organization whose members include lighting designers, architects, engineers, consultants, lighting manufacturers, lighting representatives, electrical distributors and allied professionals. IESNYC members are dedicated to promoting the art and science of illumination engineering to their members, professionals, the lighting industry, and the public through inspiring events, informative programs and educational series, social outreach, and networking ties.


(27 June 2018)

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