Every year the bar is raised, and every year the projects submitted to the AL Light & Architecture Design Awards deliver. This year, our seventh, was no exception. From an international field of more than 80 projects, this year's winners exemplify the pivotal role that lighting plays in the creation of architecture. Each of these stellar examples of architectural lighting has found a way to elevate the project's programmatic requirements into an artful marriage of design and technical achievement that also addresses the user's needs and applicable code requirements. The attention to detail and comprehensive thought behind each of these works is readily apparent. No matter the scale of the project or the setting, the 10 projects on the pages that follow are inventive solutions that strike the perfect balance between creativity and practicality. These are spaces made richer by light.

Award Winners

Outstanding Achievment
Utah State Capitol Restoration
Hotel Encanto
Yas Marina Hotel
Telekom Bridge
Vera Wang New York Flagship Store

Commendable Achievement
W Fort Lauderdale, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Power & Light Utility Bridge
1100 First Street Ne
Science Storms

Special Citation for the Artful Delivery of Design to Public School Spaces
P.S. 31 & P.S. 110

Best Use of Color
Hotel Encanto