PLDR Awards

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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.

Dr. Marco Frascarolo/I

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Marco Frascarolo will be part of the discussion on LEDs in the urban realm – The effect on change on Friday, 2. November 2017, 13.30 – 14.00 in th PLD Alliance lounge area.

Marco Frascarolo graduated in Civil Engineering at La Sapienza University in Rome in 1992 and gained a PhD in Technical Physics in 1996. He has pursued research in Technical Physics in the Faculty of Architecture at Roma Tre University since 2005. In 2001 he founded the multidisciplinary design firm Fabertechnica. Over the years Fabertechnica has developed and realised a wide variety of exterior and interior lighting projects, including public lighting, exhibitions, and events. Marco is currently involved in the organisation of the Urban Lightscape design competition for the EUR district in Rome.

Dr. Karolina Zielinska-Dabkowska/PL/CH, designs-4-people

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Dr. Karolina Zielinska-Dabkowska/PL/CH, designs-4-people

Dr. Karolina M. Zielinska-Dabkowska is a lighting designer, researcher and educator. As a trained architect, she pursued a career in lighting, working for several world-renowned lighting design firms in Berlin, London, New York, and Zürich. She has 15+ years of international experience in the completion of medium and large-scale interior and exterior design projects and in project management for clients from the corporate, institutional, retail, hospitality, and transportation sectors. In 2013 Karolina co-founded the firm designs-4-people [d4p], where she currently practises as a lighting designer.

She was the recipient of the Professional Lighting Design Recognition Award for Research in 2015, an award designed to recognise “an individual that has made a significant impact on the field of Architectural Lighting Design through her specific research topic”. She is also a professional member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD).

Karolina also presents the paper “Creating a more conscious built environment for day- and night-time setting through interdisciplinary collaboration”
Time of paper: 4. November, 15:45

Christian Klinge/DK, ÅF Lighting

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Christian Klinge/DK, ÅF Lighting

Title of paper: What is smart? Lighting Design – a profession in transition
In partnership with Alan Ruberg.

Time of paper: 2. November, 17:45

Over the past 30 years Christian Klinge has worked internationally on design concepts, project management, consultancy, and development within the field of lighting. Christian has many years of experience with lighting solutions for urban spaces and architecture as well as lighting concepts and strategies, visual staging, and the development of special solutions. He has been involved in a number of award-winning projects and is the founder of the “New Nordic Lighting” design approach, which forms the basis for working with lighting in all ÅF Lighting offices. Today Christian is Head of Innovation internationally, and responsible for the quality and constant development of the lighting solutions delivered.

Allan Ruberg/DK, ÅF Lighting

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Allan Ruberg/DK, ÅF Lighting

Title of paper: What is smart? Lighting Design – a profession in transition
In partnership with Christian Klinge

Time of paper: 2. November, 17:45

Allan Ruberg is the Head of ÅF Lighting and a leading force in developing lighting design as a profession in Scandinavia. With more than 15 years of experience in the field of lighting consultancy and design he has been working with all aspects of lighting from functional road lighting to scenographic lighting designs. His many years of experience in translating conceptual ideas into durable technical solutions have made him a much sought after consultant in the field of lighting.


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The future of urban lighting

We are looking for creative and intelligent solutions to support and enhance social life in cities.

Following a phase in which urban functions such as living, working, shopping and leisure were treated separately in our cities, the current trend is to return to a mix of all these activities, both in downtown areas as well as in the suburbs. This means the public realm will be used more consistently around the clock, which in turn will lead to an increased need for appropriate lighting solutions outside daylight hours. Urban lighting in the form of master plans with illuminated landmarks and purposefully designed lighting for traffic and circulation areas is due to be complemented by light-related factors that relate to human scale and well being at night time. Besides the need for safety – shady characters shy away from light – these include the effort to design public spaces so they are more attractive and promote social life in the urban realm.

The social component is a driving force in the process to make the public realm feel safe and good to use after dark, and therefore needs to be taken into consideration. Interactivity and smart lighting can be used to support this move. Human-oriented lighting design of the future in the urban context, taking the City of Paris as an example.

On this basis we are looking for “creative and intelligent solutions to support and enhance social life in cities”.

See the competition procedure and documents here.

The competition will be open for registration from
21. February, 2017 until 15. April, 2017.
Deadline for submission of material is
15. May, 2017, 24.00 CET.

Find the detailed Call for Entries for download here: PDF

If you have any questions please check our FAQ: http://pld-c.com/competition-faq/




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The call for entries closed on 1. May, 2017. The ten best submissions shortlisted have been published here.

Competition procedure and required documents

The competition will be judged anonymously. The official language is English. All competition documents can be downloaded online, free-of-charge, from the following website: Call for Entries

Participation criteria
The competition is global and open to everyone. Teams will be accepted. Participation is targeted to lighting designers, architects and engineers to lead the design groups. Should this requirement not be fulfilled, the team will be excluded from the competition. Interdisciplinary teams are welcome.

Competitors may not participate in more than one group, neither as a group leader nor as a group member, consultant or collaborator. Participation in more than one group will result in disqualification of all groups in which the participant is a member from the competition.

Permanent or temporary members of the judging panel may not participate in the design competition. Persons who have participated in the organisation of the competition in any way, their spouses and relatives to the third degree of kinship, plus all those who have an ongoing or other kind of relationship with them, are not permitted to participate.

Required material
For information on the required material please download the Call for Entries.

Website address for submissions: Login

All entries must be registered by 15. April, 2017. The submission date for the design competition documents is 15. May, 2017. By this date, all documents must have been uploaded to your profile.

If you have any questions, please fill in the form provided on http://pld-c.com/competition-faq-form/.

The answers will be published on the website under FAQ within a week from the date of the enquiry.




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