Arup win Radiance Award at 37th IALD Awards

19th June 2020

(USA) – Arup won the top prize for The University of Sheffield Concourse.

For the first time ever, the IALD International Lighting Design Awards were hosted online this year, with viewers from around the world tuning in to the live presentation.

The 37th edition of the awards, presented by Cooper Lighting Solutions, saw 21 projects from eight countries honoured, spanning exteriors, interiors, universities, museums, retail and places of worship.

Of the 21 projects recognised, 12 won Awards of Merit, while seven won Awards of Excellence. The highest point scorer among all entries, in addition to receiving an Award of Excellence, received the IALD Radiance Award for Excellence in Lighting Design – the highest honour in the IALD Awards programme. This year, the Radiance Award went to Arup UK for the University of Sheffield Concourse in Sheffield, UK.

Speaking of the calibre of entries, IALD Awards Co-Chair Morgan Gabler said: “Every year we see an increase in the quality of entries and this year is certainly no different. Our seven-member panel of judges evaluate each project submission for demonstration of excellence across 10 distinct areas in a rigorous and blind process.”

IALD Awards Co-Chair Mirjam Roos added: “Projects recognised go beyond distinction in architectural lighting – we honour exceptional designs that evoke emotional responses, transform spaces, inspire awe and bring real benefits to end users.”

The IALD also reserved praise for its panel of seven judges, comprised of lighting designers from across the world. This year’s panel included: Susanna Antico, Mark Loeffler, Kevin Theobald, Bob Shook, Diane McNabb-Rodriguez, Ed Seiber and Nolita Ryan

Originally due to be held during this year’s LightFair in Las Vegas, the awards were initially postponed following the cancellation of the exhibition, before moving to an online platform, marking the first time that the awards programme was open for the world to view.

Full list of winners:

AwardProject NameLighting DesignLocation
Radiance AwardThe University of Sheffield ConcourseArup UKSheffield, UK
ExcellenceThe Keller Center – University of Chicago Harris School of Public PolicyAKLD Lighting DesignChicago, IL, USA
ExcellenceKistefos – The TwistLight BureauJevnaker, Norway
ExcellenceRe-lighting of Interior of Norwich CathedralSpeirs + MajorNorwich, UK
ExcellenceRoyal Opera HouseStudio FractalLondon, UK
ExcellenceTennessee State MuseumHGANashville, TN, USA
ExcellenceVancouver Waterfront Park Grant Street Pier and PlazaFisher Marantz StoneVancouver, WA, USA
Merit160 Spear StreetPritchardPeck LightingSan Francisco, CA, USA
MeritFree Library of PhiladelphiaLam PartnersPhiladelphia, PA, USA
MeritGreen JadeiteArt Light Design ConsultantsKaohsiung City, Taiwan
MeritH&M Flagship Store Façade LightingZeniskOslo, Norway
MeritInternational Presbyterian Church18 DegreesEaling, UK
MeritLa Vie Wine & Spirits MerchantJ.Y Lighting DesignTaipei, Taiwan
MeritMicrosoft Buildings 121 & 122Dark Light DesignRedmond, WA, USA
MeritNihombashi MitsukoshiLighting Planners AssociatesTokyo, Japan
MeritRH New YorkSean O’Connor LightingNew York, NY, USA
MeritShanghai Waterfront – 25 LandmarksFisher Marantz Stone, in collaboration with seven lighting design firmsShanghai, China
MeritSingapore Buddhist LodgeLight CollabSingapore
MeritZurich Innovation Centre GivaudanLightsphereKemptthal, Switzerland
Special CitationBoston City Hall RenovationLam PartnersBoston, MA, USA
Special CitationRainThurlow SmallWashington DC, USA
The University of Sheffield Concourse (pic: Midi Photography/Arup)