Winners announced at the Lighting Design Awards 2017

Projects from 15 countries – including Iran, Israel, Kenya, Finland, Canada, the US, Italy, France, Germany, the UAE, Australia, Switzerland, Spain and Chile – were recognised and rewarded at the forty-first Lighting Design Awards in London last night. The winners were announced at a glamorous black-tie event at the London Hilton Park Lane attended by over 700 designers, architects and suppliers and hosted by Ian Stone.

The lighting designer of the year for 2017 is named as Suzan Tillotson, founder of New York-based Tillotson Design Associates, whom the judging panel described as ‘a bold designer of exceptional talent and creativity’.

The lighting design practice of the year for 2017 is illuminationworks, which has had ‘a run of outstanding projects’, including the 21c Museum Hotel in Oklahoma City, which won in the Hotel and Restaurant Category.

The architect of the year for 2017 is Carpenter Lowings. The judges said: ‘James Carpenter and Luke Lowings are among the world’s most accomplished practitioners currently working with daylight’. The duo’s Folded Light project scooped the Daylight Project of the Year category.

The product designer of the year for 2017 is named as Milan-based Marc Sadler, designer of the Ghost for Simes and the Twiggy for Foscarini.

The full list of winners are:

Lighting Designer of the Year

in association with Lumenpulse


Suzan Tillotson, Tillotson Design Associates

Suzan Tillotson was named Lighting Designer of the Year for her ‘creativity’, ‘design integrity’ and her ‘bold approach to project challenges’. Her ‘exemplary’ body of work has often broken new ground for the lighting design profession. She has also contributed ‘hugely’ to advancing the stature of the lighting design profession.

Outstanding recent projects include the Lighting Design Award-winning R/GA office in New York, the Broud in Los Angeles and the Lincoln Square Synagogue in New York.

Suzan Tillotson has 20 years experience in the business and has worked with pioneers including Howard Brandston and Jerry Kugler. Seminal career projects include the Seattle Central Public Library, the New Museum for Contemporary Art in lower Manhattan and Prada Beverly Hills with the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. She founded Tillotson Design Associates in 2004. ‘[Lighting design] is always about how to create a beautiful and quality environment within the criteria you are given,’ says Tillotson. ‘I don’t know how you can design architecture without thinking about how light interacts with materials’.

Lighting Design Practice of the Year

in association with Amerlux



The judges described illuminationworks as an ‘unsung hero’ of the profession which ‘consistently produces lighting projects of the highest standard without fanfare or hype’.

The London studio has recently ‘excelled itself with outstanding works of great craftsmanship’, including the 21C Museum Hotel in Oklahoma City, USA. Judges named it as the winner of a Lighting Design Award in the Hotel and Restaurant Project of the Year category for 2017. The practice was founded by Chad Rains who has been an architectural lighting designer since 1992, specialising in luxury retail and hospitality lighting with an extensive portfolio of residential, cultural and corporate works.

Illuminationworks’ innovative collaboration with Anthony Gormley, ROOM at The Beaumont Hotel in London, was commended in 2016. Its scheme for the flagship outlet of the menswear brand Kent & Curwen in London won a Lighting Design Award in the Retail Project of the Year in 2015. What the judges called a ‘beautifully detailed’ scheme for flagship store Smythson in New Bond Street was highly commended in 2014.

Architect of the Year

in association with LED Linear


Carpenter Lowings

Carpenter Lowings was cited by the judging team as ‘a practice which puts daylight at the very centre of its mission’.

It has executed ‘some of the most pioneering and ambitious lighting projects of recent years’, including Folded Light – winner in the Daylight Project of the Year category – and the Apple Store in London. The practice is a collaboration between American sculptor James Carpenter and British architect Luke Lowings with objective of developing a synthesis of structure, light and space in the architectural and urban context.

Based in London since 2001, it sprang from the 12 years that Lowings spent in New York working with Carpenter to develop the art-based studio James Carpenter Design Associates.

Carpenter trained as a sculptor at the Rhode Island School of Design while Lowings completed an MA in Architecture at the Royal College of Art in London. He practiced as an architect in London, most notably for Richard Rogers and Partners. Luke qualified as an architect in the UK in 1992, and in New York State in 2001.

Light Art Project of the Year

in association with LED Linear


Scent Constellation, Le Grand Musée du Parfum, Paris – Jason Bruges Studio

The judges described Scent Constellation as a ‘project of great imagination and execution’. A permanent installation at Le Grand Musée du Parfum in Paris, it is a dynamic, spatial and multi sensorial art piece that simultaneously represents the perfumer’s organ and visualises the process of creating a scent through light and sound. The generative symphony creates a poetic visual metaphor for the process of imagining new perfumes.

The installation consists of the metaphorical aluminium frame organ and the 135 optical prisms that each represent a raw ingredient, from bergamot oil to violet leaf. Each prism also has a sound designed to represent the scent quality of the raw material. The room contains atomised haze that is required to see the alchemy of the performance; five perfume typologies are represented; Eau de Cologne, Oriental, Fougères, Floral, and Chypre, each interpreted by a moving constellation of light in a mesmerising cloud between the prisms. Every raw ingredient used in perfumery has its character. Apart from the note; top, heart & base, it has texture, it can be sharp, sweet, soft or hard. This was represented by a soundscape created from a library of sounds developed in response to the scent families, their volatility, stability and duration. When a fragrance is played, each ingredient from the formula is triggered by a laser beam hitting the prism and bouncing into a glass centre piece. The moment the laser hits the prism the sound of the ingredient plays. When all the ingredients are hit by the laser beams, the glass centrepiece illuminates. All the sounds are played again, this time lasting for as long as the fragrance lasts. For example, a top note that evaporates the quickest will play for the shortest, while the base note that comes to life after a few hours, will play the longest. The museum curators were keen that the sound compositions were as beautiful as the actual artwork.


Design & Build: Jason Bruges Studio
Designer: Dagny Rewera
Sound Design: Daniel Sonabend

Highly Commended

  • Lightscapes, Venice Biennale, Italy – Transsolar


  • Hinterland, Helensburgh, Scotland – NVA
  • Light Masonry, York Minster, UK – Jason Bruges Studio
  • Mathematics: The Winton Gallery, Science Museum, London, UK – Arup

Integration Project of the Year

in association with Lutron


Bahá’í Temple, Santiago, Chile – Limarí Lighting Design

Thirteen years in the making, the Bahá’í temple for south America is the eighth and last temple built by the Bahá’í community in the world. The architectural project designed by Siamak Hariri as a singular object, a kind of flower of light composed by nine transparent petals. The building has a steel structure covered in the interior by a translucent white marble and in the exterior by a cast glass cladding. The lighting design project had to fulfil two main goals: create an exterior scene that will show the transparency of the materials and show the temple as a light emitting element, on the other hand the interior lighting scheme had to generate a warm, monastic and intimate ambient favourable to meditation and prayer. The location and design of the lighting tools was extremely important. The only technical fittings that could be seen are located on the vertical bronze profile that connect the windows to marble petals. These create the exterior effect and lighting the top part of the nine petals.


Architect: HPA Architects
Lighting equipment: DGA, Janmar, Lutron


  • La Nuvola, EUR Congressi, Rome, Italy – Spiers + Major


  • 580 George Street Lobby, Sydney, Australia – Steensen Varming
  • Creekside Paddling Centre, Vancouver, Canada – WSP

Daylight Project of the Year

in association with IALD


Folded Light, London, UK – Carpenter Lowings

Folded Light is a 40-metre high site-specific art installation which runs the full height of a  lightwell in a 10-storey office building in London. The stainless steel surface, formed to exploit the almost vertical angle of the light, enhances the drama of the space and allows the occupants to perceive the changing conditions of the sky above.

Manufactured from a specular but finely-textured sheet stainless steel, Folded Light is an asymmetrical arrangement of 47 individual mostly triangular, three-dimensional folded panels of varying sizes and different folding angles all of which contribute to an intriguing play of light. Together, these create a single continuous rippled surface that appears more compacted toward the bottom – reflecting the more vertical light angle at the lower levels. The folds enhance the drama in the existing light conditions by catching natural light from above and contrasting it with shadow below. A vertical blade of dichroic glass bisects the entire wall and separates the light spectrum into halves, producing complementary colours on either side of the space.


Building architect: Wilkinson Eyre
Project management: Lendlease
Fabrication and installation: Tuchschmid Constructa, Switzerland with PAD Contracts, UK
Lighting consultant: EQ2 Light

Highly Commended

  • Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK – BDP

Highly Commended

  • Sacred Heart Cathedral of Kericho Diocese, Kenya – Arup


  • Dana Research Centre and Library, V&A Museum, London, UK – Coffey Architects
  • State Parliament, Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart, Germany – Licht Kunst Licht

Community and Public Realm Project of the Year

in association with Instruments17


Gasholder Park, King’s Cross, London, UK – Speirs + Major

Gasholder Park is a new public pocket park and event space in Kings Cross, London. It takes the form of a landscaped lawn, ringed by a mirror-polished stainless steel canopy set within a historic cast-iron gasholder structure. Inspired by its circular form, the narrative of the lighting concept is based on a solar eclipse.

Gentle cyclical cross fading creates shifts, shadows and sparkle, fully immersing the users of the park in the experience. In an eclipse, the form of the moon is revealed by a soft corona of light, which shifts in intensity and position as the sun and moon move relative to each other. Within the park, each of the canopy uprights are uplit with cool white light on the inside using a very narrow beam that enforces the architectural rhythm. This light reaches the interior of the canopy and is reflected back onto the path, creating a glowing ‘corona effect’ that highlights the circular form and creates a sense of enclosure.

The light scheme is completed with warm white lighting to the steps and ramps neatly integrated into the handrails

Architect: Bell Phillips Architects
Landscape Architects: Dan Pearson Studio (Planting), Townshend Landscape Architects Engineers: Arup + Hoare Lea Main
Contractor: Carillion
Electrical Contractor: Michael J Lonsdale
Major Suppliers: Photonstar, We-ef, Mike Stoane Lighting and Control Lighting


  • Pikisaarensilta Bridge, Finland – Valoa design


  • Mapparium, Boston, USA – Focus Lighting


  • Eurasia Tunnel, Istanbul, Turkey – Skira
  • Beersheba Station Bridge, Israel – Orly Avron Alkabes

Workplace Project of the Year

in association with LineaLight


R/GA, New York, USA – Tillotson Design Associates

A tech savvy ad agency with the goal of promoting cutting-edge technology to the wider global community, R/GA wanted an office space reflective of their forward-thinking practices. The design team created a singular space through uniform indirect lighting while displacing any undesired brightness and glare. A simple, yet elegant, solution was conceived: the design sought out cutting edge technology that has countless dynamic effects, but is housed in common modular equipment. The par 38 lamp employed is humble in form, but powerful in impact. The proprietary technology uses a variety of LEDs to tune and perfect colour combinations, all within the chamber of its head. Shades across the CIE colour space are produced with astounding colour rendering capability. The colour temperature of the lamps begins at 2700K in the mornings, subtly shifts to 4000K at noon and gradually warms back down again in the evening. Colours are both vivid and complex because they are derived from a rich combination of sources.

Designers: Suzan Tillotson, Ellen Sears, Dagmara Nowak
Architect: Norman Foster, Paul Stanbridge and Chris West of Foster + Partners


  • The Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford, UK – Hoare Lea Lighting
  • Land Securities, London, UK – BDP
  • Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, London, UK – Speirs + Major

Heritage Project of the Year

in association with Atrium


York Minster, UK – Sutton Vane Associates

Described as ‘one of the greatest cathedrals in the world’, York Minster required a full lighting strategy. The first part to be completed to the new plan by Sutton Vane Associates is the Nave, the Nave Aisles and the Quire Screen. The first view of the Nave when entering the Minster is very important as it is where visitors decide whether to enter or not. A key decision was to conceal the fittings as much as possible to show off the architecture with the minimum amount of visible technology. The lighting is flexible. As well as a range of services, all kinds of events take place in this huge space – graduation ceremonies, concerts and speeches. For scene-setting, there are hidden push buttons to select the most commonly used scenes. Each bay (the area between four columns) is on two separate control circuits so each half of each bay can be individually dimmed. This allows different areas of the Nave to be lit at different levels of brightness.


Designers: Mark Sutton Vane, Tom Stephens
Project manager: Gardiner & Theobald
Electrical engineer: TGA Consulting Engineers
Architect: Andrew Arrol, Arrol & Snell
Exhibition designers: Mather & Co
Lighting equipment: Concord by Feilo Sylvania
Lighting control: Lutron


  • Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg, France – L’Acte Lumière
  • Oxford Street, London, UK – Lighting Design International

Retail Project of the Year

in association with Coelux


Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Venice, Italy – PJC Light Studio

Built in 1228 and situated next to the Rialto Bridge in Venice, Fondaco dei Tedeschi is amongst the most historically significant buildings in the city as well as one of its largest. The latest updates have seen a collaboration on the building’s restoration by renowned architects JFA for the retail interiors and OMA for the building fabric and public areas. PJC Light Studio worked alongside JFA to develop concepts that would respond to the architectural ambitions of the project whilst meeting the sensitive restrictions of this historic building. The brief was to integrate the lighting into the architectural language whilst providing the correct balance and quality of light suitable for a large prestigious store. PJC’s solution was to create layers of interest for customers using discreet installation techniques within the furniture allied with fittings of compact size, low brightness optics and a simple style within the main ceiling to minimise distraction from the stunning interior architecture and design. The development required extensive sectional studies and mock-ups to verify the proof of concept.


Designers: Phil Caton, lead lighting designer, Fabio Cristini, lighting designer, Zaneta Marszalek, junior designer, Matt Chan, CAD, Alan Lam, final commissioning
Client: DFS Group – Hong Kong Retail
Architect: Jamie Fobert Architects
Executive Architect: OMA
Project Manager: F&M Ingegneria
Electrical Consultant: Politecnica Ingegneria E Architettura
Lighting design of central courtyard: Viabizzuno with OMA
Lighting equipment: Viabizzuno, GF Windows,  Precision Lighting, Lumileds, Meanwell, Flexlite


  • CAP3000, Saint-Laurent-du-Var, France – Atelier H. Audibert
  • Eastland, Melbourne, Australia – Seam Design
  • Loewe, Madrid, Spain – Artec3 Studio
  • Sunset Walk, Milton Keynes, UK – Lighting Design International

Leisure Project of the Year

in association with Martin by Harman


Kulm Country Club and Eispavillon, St. Moritz, Switzerland – Foster + Partner

Switzerland’s first electric light was switched on in the Kulm Hotel in St Moritz in 1879 and the first Winter Olympics opening took place in front of its historic Eispavillon in 1928. This project was designed to bring Kulm Park to restore it to its former glory. The lighting design includes the interiors of the Kulm Country Club with a Michelin star restaurant, bar and terraces, exterior facades and the Eispavillon. The discreet lighting has been designed to enhance the architectural elements and provide the right ambience both inside the club and on the external surfaces. Warm colour temperatures and special scene settings have been used to create a stronger focal point against the cool colour of the snow in the evening hours. Subtle illumination creates an ambiance of warmth for the visitors forming a new destination for the local community. The true innovation of the project is its ability to bring back the spectacular to a forgotten historical space through contemporary lighting strategies.


Architect: Kuchel Architects, St. Moritz


  • Dubai Opera, UAE – Neolight Global
  • Business Premier Lounge, Eurostar Gare du Nord, Paris, France – Cinimod Studio
  • Wonderlab, The Science Museum, London, UK – Michael Grubb Studio

Hotel and Restaurant Project of the Year

in association with Orluna


21c Museum Hotel, Oklahoma City, USA – Illuminationworks

For its fifth 21c Museum Hotel, illuminationworks developed a design that plays a critical role in the transformation of a former Ford Model-T assembly plant. The solution satisfies the requirements of a boutique hotel, destination restaurant and arts centre. Octagonal concrete columns establish a strict structural grid over all four floors. For the ground floor, Illuminationworks developed custom LED light rings to illuminate the capitals and upper shaft of each column for a clean, integrated solution. The rings create repetition in light, emphasise the grid. Over the three guest floors, slab mounted high- power LED adjustable spotlights highlight each columns and provide ambient lighting for circulation with minimal downlighting.
The architects created four monumental glass block light wells to bring daylight into the core of the building. Illuminationworks developed a series of bespoke LED squares inside each light well to maintain their function on cloudy days and at night. Suspended by cables behind the glass block, two light squares per floor ‘float’ in a sculptural configuration.


Designers: Chad Rains (creative director), Panos Ferentinos (senior designer and project manager), Jorge Romero (designer), Miguel Jaime (designer) and Kitty Carolan (concept illustrator)
Design architect and interior designer: Deborah Berke Partners
Architect: Hornbeek Blatt Architects
General Contractor: Lingo Construction Services,
Lighting equipment: Lighting Services Inc, Lucifer Lighting,  Axon Design, Lightolier, Esco Lighting, 3G Lighting, Acolyte LED, Lumenpulse, Juno Lighting, Lutron

Highly Commended

  • Enigma restaurant, Barcelona, Spain – Artec3 Studio


  • Tamba restaurant, Abu Dhabi, UAE – dpa lighting design


  • Bronte restaurant, London, UK – Light IQ
  • Espinas Palace Hotel, Tehran, Iran – RGE Lighting Design
  • Lucky Voice Karaoke Club, Dubai, UAE – XO Lights Dubai
  • Ohla Eixample Hotel, Barcelona, Spain – Artec3 Studio
  • Ramusake restaurant, Dubai, UAE – dpa lighting design
  • Stomping Ground Beer Hall, Melbourne, Australia –  Ambience Lighting

Product Designer of the Year

in association with Simes


Marc Sadler

The product judging team cited Milan-based designer Marc Sadler for ‘creating extraordinary luminaires which overcome complex design challenges’. A French citizen born in Austria, he designs home furnishings, household appliances, technically advanced products, and sportswear as well as lighting.

His extraordinary Ghost for Simes won a Lighting Design Award in the Luminaire of the Year – Interior category in 2016. The judges at the time cited it for its ‘brutal beauty’.The light appears to come from a concrete wall but no part of the luminaire is visible. When it’s off, it disappears, leaving just a cut in the concrete. Ghost uses a clever jig and housing arrangement, with the jig removed after casting leaving the housing embedded inside the concrete. The judges also cited Sadler for other recent works including Twiggy for Foscarini and Babel for Martinelli. Awarded four times with the Compasso d’Oro for the lamps Drop (Flos, 1994) and Tite and Mite (Foscarini, 2001). The Mite is part of the design collection of the Beaubourg in Paris.

Disruptor of the Year

in association with Masters of Light


Bloom Unit – migenius

migenius believes that current lighting design software tools are cumbersome and primarily rely on providing numeric arrays of point-by- point calculations or Isolux diagrams that do little to inspire or inform stakeholders of the crucial difference that good lighting design brings to their projects. These current toolsets are severely limited by an inefficient calculation engine and an inaccurate Lambertian Reflectance light transport simulation producing low detail and often misleading imagery. Bloom Unit however uses very powerful cloud-based servers with calculation engines that are hundreds of times faster than any local processing system and can be seamlessly accessed by any standard connected laptop or desktop computer. Bloom Unit uniquely combines the physically accurate Iray rendering engine, the Material Definition Language system that allows for the creation and simple importing from a growing number of libraries of both complex and physically accurate material definitions and, thirdly, SketchUp, a powerful and easy-


Founding Director: Chris Blewitt
CEO & Founding Director: Paul Arden
CTO: Brendan Hack
Business Development Director: Ian Frew
Director at onlight: Kam Dhatt

Highly Commended

  • Orion LED Module – Plessey

Architectural Luminaire – Exterior

in association with Lighting Magazine


Vivid Pixel – Green LED Lighting Solutions

The new Vivid Pixel is the company’s most advanced LED Neon Flex fixture yet. It combines the convenience of flexible LED linear neon lighting with the ultimate control of DMX512. There are 16.7 million colours with the ability to use an integrated circuit for discrete DMX control of 125mm units. Vivid Pixel is a uniform, direct view linear light source that is cool to the touch when in operation. The difference with Vivid Pixel is that each cutting unit is individually controllable. DMX-512 and Ethernet controls make the product easy to use with any third-party DMX controllers, giving lighting designers full access to advanced chasing and programmable scenes. Designers may choose from two profiles—a domed 270° or flat 160°. High colour consistency and uniform illumination without dark spots, the Vivid Pixel LED flex fixture is suitable for both interior or exterior applications.


Owner: Derek Breneol
DMX programming and installation: Dene Weslake
Product design, development and support: Bill Xu

Highly Commended

  • FL100 – GVA Lighting


  • Dirigo – Linea Light Group
  • EL – Ewo
  • Invue Arbor LED Collection – Eaton
  • Platea Pro – iGuzzini

Architectural Luminaire – Interior

in association with


The Blade – iGuzzini

Derived from the development in recent years of the highly innovative and multi-award winning Laser Blade, The Blade goes a step further, becoming a ‘step change’ in miniaturisation and precision. It consists of a wide range of highly discreet, superslim luminaires which can disappear into a ceiling during the day yet deliver a glare-free punch at night.  The extensive range includes multiple shapes and sizes, square and linear. At the smallest end, the 28mm version of The Blade range is the world’s smallest wall washer. It features patented optics with Opti Beam technology, where multi-faceted texture amplifies the reflections of light rays emitted by the LED to create a clean final effect. The wall washer versions feature an exclusive combination of reflectors and optical screens. The source is glare-free and allows for integration into the architecture. The Blade disappears to inspire new forms of expression through the redefinition of the relationship between space, light and design.

Highly Commended

  • CoeLux ST – CoeLux

Highly Commended

  • DRX1 – Remote Controlled Lighting


  • Flo – Vexica

Publishers’ Lifetime Achievement Award

in association with Lighting Magazine


Daniel Libeskind

Founder and principal architect
Studio Libeskind

This is a new category for 2017 introduced and nominated by the publishers and editorial team of Lighting magazine to recognise those outside the profession of lighting design who put lighting at the heart of what they do. The inaugural recipient is Daniel Libeskind, whom the publishers have called ‘a truly outstanding architect’ who ‘sees light as the most important building material’. His projects ‘innovate with light in astounding ways’.

Daniel and his partner Nina Libeskind established Studio Daniel Libeskind in Berlin in 1989 and moved it to New York in 2003 when Libeskind was selected as the master planner for the World Trade Center redevelopment. Its approach to architecture emerges from the idea that a building should be expressive and reflect contemporary life. Innovation is at the core of the practice’s design process and light is a key tool in informing the space. Outstanding projects include the Jewish Museum in Berlin,  where daylight is used as a powerful metaphor, and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, which sliced and suffused with daylight.

40under40 2017

in association with Osram

The individuals making up the annual 40under40 – the international programme to identify the most talented and promising individuals working in the lighting design industry – were named at the 2017 Lighting Design Awards.

The 20 men and 20 women – selected from over 250 applications – hail from 16 different countries, including Iceland, Turkey, Australia, India, China, Brazil, the US, Mexico and Sweden. The designers received their trophies from Dr Gernot Steinlesberger, International projects and global key account management vice president, Osram at the Lighting Design Awards ceremony. ‘The achievements of these millennials – be they creative, academic or philanthropic – are phenomenal and the selection panel were incredibly impressed,’ said Ray Molony, chairman of the 40under40 international selection panel. ‘This year’s cohort are truly outstanding and it is set to make a huge contribution. This industry is in safe hands for the future’. The 2017 selectors are Heinrich Hermann, adjunct professor, Department of Interior Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design; Leni Schwendinger, independent lighting designer and consultant; Jill Entwistle, editor, Lighting magazine; Ray Molony, publisher, Lighting magazine and Dr. Steinlesberger.

The official 40under40 2017 can be seen HERE.