[d]arc awards 2019 open for entries

Jonathan Howard of DHA Designs collects the darc award 2018 for Hintze Hall, Natural History Museum.

(UK) – [d]arc awards 2019 now open for entries with two new categories for decorative lighting.

This year’s [d]arc awards has officially opened with entries being accepted on its website, www.darcawards.com.

Now in its fifth year, the online, peer-to-peer awards platform has proved a hit with lighting designers and manufacturers alike with all projects and products being displayed on the darc awards website.

Once the entries have been shortlisted by a panel of international lighting designers, it’s over to the lighting design community to vote!

Categories are:
STRUCTURES (High + Low Budget) – Best Exterior Lighting Scheme
PLACES (High + Low Budget) – Best Interior Lighting Scheme
SPACES (High + Low Budget) – Best Landscape Lighting Scheme
ART (High + Low Budget) – Best Light Art Installation / Best Bespoke Installation
EVENT – Best Creative Lighting Event

KIT – Best Lighting Products
• Interior Luminaires
• Exterior Luminaires
• Decorative Luminaires
• Technology

Two new categories – Best Bespoke Installation and Best Decorative Luminaire – have been integrated into the awards to emphasise the decorative lighting element of darc magazine, arc‘s sister publication.

The deadline for entries is 27th September. Projects and products must have been launched later than 31st May 2018.

Every independent architectural lighting designer and light artist is eligible to vote online for their favourite lighting schemes and products. What’s more, any lighting designer who does vote is eligible for a free ticket to [d]arc night, the [d]arc awards ceremony, which this year will take place on 5th December 2019 at MC Motors in London with a Christmas party theme.

Paul James, director of the awards, commented: “It’s great to get back into the [d]arc awards process. The decision to move darc night to December this year will mean an even better party, something that the awards has become renowned for.”

See the video of last year’s [d]arc night here.

[d]arc night will feature up to sixteen light installations created by lighting designers using lighting fixtures from the awards sponsors.

Sponsors so far include Delta Light, Linea Light Group, Ligman, Lite / Lumenpulse, L&L Luce&Light, Osram, Soraa and Targetti. Lighting Design practices involved include 18 Degrees, Arup, Cundall Light4, dpa, Firefly Point of View, Hoare Lea, Ideaworks, Inverse Lighting Design, JPLD, Light Bureau, Michael Grubb Studio, MBLD, MS Lighting Design, Nulty, SEAM and Workplane Lighting.

Suppliers interested in sponsoring the awards and working with a lighting design team should contact the arc office.