Winners of 2014 Lumen Awards Announced
June 25, 2014 - 9:04am
Ten New York City-based design firms received honors for commercial projects.

The Illuminating Engineering Society New York City Section (IESNYC) announced the recipients of the 2014 Lumen Awards at the 46th annual Lumen Gala held on June 19, 2014. The Lumen Awards are the oldest international lighting awards and the Lumen Gala is the most celebrated lighting event in New York City.

Ten New York City-based design firms – AKF Lighting Design, Arup, Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design, Cooley Monato Studio, Focus Lighting, Kaplan Gehring McCarroll Architectural Lighting, L’Observatoire International, PHT Lighting Design, Renfro Design Group, and Tillotson Design Associates received Lumen Awards for excellence, ingenuity, and originality in lighting design.

The 12 award-winning projects were 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.

This year, the jury honored two firms and their projects with a Lumen Award of Excellence: Arup’s Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, NY, and Renfro Design Group’s Steven L. Anderson Center and the Vol Walker Hall Renovation at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Five Awards of Merit were presented. Focus Lighting received a Merit for Tao Downtown in Manhattan; L’Observatoire International won for Les Haras Strasbourg in France, Tillotson Design Associates won for Yonkers Casino in Westchester, NY; and Cline Bettridge Bernstein received two Merit Awards, one for the Baldwin Auditorium Renovation at DePaul University in Durham, NC, and the second for The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago. 

Five Citation were awarded to AKF Lighting Design for Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (for skillful balance of energy and aesthetics), Arup for Imaging the Lowline (for innovative use of daylighting), Cooley Monato Studio for the Waldorf Astoria Park Avenue Lobby and Entry (for exceptional energy efficiency in a historical renovation), Kaplan Gehring McCarroll Architectural Lighting for Pink Dolphin (for successful design on a minimal budget),  PHT Lighting Design for Friends Seminary Dining hall (for effective lighting in a compromised space).

Jurors for the 2014 awards included Brett Anderson, IES, Principal, Focus Lighting; Glenn Leitch, AIA, LEED AP, Principal and Design Director, Highland Associates; David A. Mintz, FIES, FIALD, founder and Principal of The Mintz Lighting Group; Mitul Parekh, LEED AP, IES, Principal; Tillotson Design Assoc.; and C. Brooke Silver, LC, LEED AP, IES, Principal, Jan & Brooke, Luminae.

“The entire New York lighting community is aglow at the Lumen Awards Gala," says Megan Carroll, Chair of the Lumens Award Committee and Eastern Region OEM sales Manager at Xicato. "It’s the one time during the year in this technology-driven, fast-paced industry that the New York City lighting community gathers to celebrate its members and the extraordinary impact they have here in New York City and around the world. The Lumen Awards program was established in 1968 making it the oldest, most prestigious lighting awards program in our industry. Tonight we have over 700 guests attending, from the tri-state area and from across the country. The Lumen Gala is spectacular.”

“Our section is not only known for its abundance of award-winning lighting designers and talented consultants and manufacturers reps, but also for the good works we do for the lighting community," says Tim Milton, President of the IESNYC and Regional Manager for USAI. "At the Lumens, we take time to honor special members by giving them Service Awards. In addition, this year’s gala is being held in honor of past IESNYC President Patricia DiMaggio who was beloved by the New York lighting community and beyond.”

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