PLDR Awards

PLDR Awards

The PLDC convention concluded with a grand Gala Evening at which the Professional Lighting Design Recognition Awards was presented. The aim of the awards is to recognise those individuals, practices, institutions or manufacturers who have most contributed in their work, actions and deeds to the advancement of the field of Architectural Lighting Design.

The PLDC Recognition Awards format is not based on submitted entries. A Call for Nominations was issued by the PLDC team. All nominations were discussed and the shortlists for the respective Awards put together by a jury comprising experienced professionals from the international lighting design community.

1.  Award for the Best Newcomer

The intent is to recognise a designer who is new to the scene and whose recently completed work deserves to be recognised for its innovative or state-of-the-art lighting design within complex projects.


Carlijn Timmermans/NL received the award for her creative visions and concepts, her active design and research work, and the dedication and responsibility she assumes as a member of the lighting design community.

2. Award for Best Partner in the Industry

The intent is to recognise a manufacturing company who have proven their appreciation and solidarity with the Architectural Lighting Design profession and demonstrated their understanding of the Lighting Designer as a crucial link in the value chain leading to a successful architectural lighting project.

The Award for Best Partner in the Industry was presented to iGuzzini/IT for funding and supporting Dr. Elettra Bordonaro’s Visiting Research Fellowship in the LSE Sociology Department for her work in the field of social research through a series of lighting workshops across the globe.

3. Award for Research

The intent is to recognise the individual / institution that has made a significant impact on the field of Architectural Lighting Design either through his/her/its general research programme or through a specific research topic.


Prof. Carlo Ratti/IT at the MIT Boston/US received the award for his future-oriented research on real-time cities. Through design and science, the Lab develops and deploys tools to learn about cities.

4. Award for Education

The intent is to recognise the individual / institution that has made a significant impact in the field of Architectural Lighting Design through the installation and execution of an education programme or education initiatives to raise the quality of education and/or further the recognition of qualified professionals.


The Award for Education went to Aalborg University, Copenhagen/DK for their transdisciplinary Master’s programme in Lighting Design at Aalborg University in Copenhagen, which draws on knowledge and skills in architecture, lighting engineering and media technology.

5. Award for Daylighting Project

The intent is to recognise the designer/s of a project in which daylighting has specifically been successfully designed as an integral part of the architecture and has contributed to the definition of space, character, mood and sustainability of the project.



The L.A. Courthouse/US by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill/US won the category Best Daylighting Project.
Photos: SOM

6. Award for Best New Project

The intent is to recognise the designer/s of an architectural lighting design project, the quality of which is outstanding and worthy to be recognised as a project that truly demonstrates the importance of designed light for the success of the entire project.


The Facade Lighting of the Kunstmuseum Basel/CH by iart AG/CH received the award for Best New Project.

Architects: Christ & Gantenbein
Photos: Derek Li Wan Po

7. Award at Large

The intent is to recognise a person or an entity that does not necessarily fit into any of the above categories but who/which has made a significant contribution to the viability of the profession and/or to its development and/or to its official recognition.

Project LightAware recived the Award at Large for their effort to raise awareness of the impact of artificial lighting on human health and well-being, and encourage discussion and investigation into the same with the goal of making the lives of those who suffer from light sensitivity more normal.

8. Award for Lifetime Achievement

The intent is to recognise a person whose activities and efforts have been instrumental in helping bring the profession of Architectural Lighting Design to its current standing. The Lifetime Achievement Award, does not have a shortlist. In previous years the award had been presented to Prof. Dr. Heinrich Kramer, William Lam, Dr. Jonathan Speirs, Christopher Cuttle and Motoko Ishii.

In Paris, Japanese lighting designer Kaoru Mende/JP was recognised for his life’s work. His scope of design work ranges widely from architectural to urban and environmental lighting design and high profile interior lighting design. Kaoru Mende also heads the “Lighting Detectives”, a group that specializes in the study of the culture of lighting.