Outstanding Achievement

Outstanding Achievement, Exterior Lighting - Lincoln Center Plaza, New York

Lincoln Center has long been one of New York City's—and the world's—great cultural destinations for music, theater, and dance.

Outstanding Achievement, Exterior Lighting - The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, New York

Located a block from Times Square, One Bryant Park's lighting designers—Cline Bettridge Bernstein—had the unenviable task of creating a nighttime presence for this high-rise office tower, one that would not only make its mark on the New York skyline, but also adhere to the LEED Platinum building's sustainable mandates.

Outstanding Achievement, Exterior Lighting - Infinity Bridge, Stockton-on-Tees, England

Designed to encourage development in the areas on both sides of the River Tees in Stockton-on-Tees in northeast England, this bridge takes speculative design to a new level.

Outstanding Achievement, Whole Building - ThyssenKrupp Quarter, Essen Germany

The corporate headquarters for materials and technology group ThyssenKrupp, best known for its steel technology and escalators, is home to 2,000 employees.

Outstanding Achievement, Whole Building - The Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Dallas

Located in the Dallas Arts District, the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre is one of two performance venues at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

Outstanding Achievement, Residential - Art Collector's Loft, New York

Curvilinear forms and a luminous ceiling plane define this loft that is home to an art collector and his extensive collection of art and rare books.



Commendable Achievement, Interior Lighting - The Morgan Library & Museum, McKim Building Restoration, New York

J.P. Morgan's mansion at the corner of Madison Avenue and East 36th Street was the first electrically lit private residence in New York City, a feat the banking mogul took great pride in.

Commendable Achievement, Interior Lighting - 155 North Wacker Drive, Chicago

Following the tradition of great Chicago high-rise office buildings, 155 North Wacker Drive first roots itself to the street with a grand lobby and atrium before it begins its 46-story climb toward the sky.

Commendable Achievement, Interior Lighting - RePUBlic Gastropub, Oklahoma City, Okla.

“The coolest sports bar in America” was the client's request, and that's what architect Rand Elliott delivered.

Commendable Achievement, Whole Building - John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes, University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.

The Jaqua Center, designed specifically to address the academic needs of student athletes, creates a unique learning environment in which the athletes can succeed on and off the field.


Special Citation

Special Citation - Platform 5, Sunderland Station, England

The creative use of light and imagery at Sunderland Station transforms the tedium of everyday commuting into an unexpected and interactive moment.

Special Citation - Anacostia Neighborhood Library, Washington, D.C.

Transparency and luminosity underscore this new two-story library in Washington, D.C.'s southwest neighborhood of Anacostia.

Best Use of Color - Queens Theatre in the Park Addition and Renovation

One of three structures designed by Philip Johnson for the 1964 World's Fair held in Queens, New York, the open-air Theaterama has become the main civic theater for the borough.

Special Citation - The Cushing Center, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.

Like a cabinet of curiosities, the Cushing Center—home to Dr. Harvey Cushing's collection of human brain specimens, one of the most unique and significant medical collections of the 20th century—slowly reveals itself to visitors.


More 2011 Design Awards


2011 AL Light & Architecture Design Awards Jury Members

Four jurors selected this year's AL Design Awards winners.


2011 AL Light & Architecture Design Awards Postscript

Daylighting is one of the most challenging lighting strategies to implement. This year, the jury was torn between two projects that it felt exemplified different thinking about daylighting design—the poetic and the functional.


2011 AL Light & Architecture Design Awards

It might appear to some that creative explorations and quality-lit environments would be harder to come by these days given shorter project time lines, stricter energy requirements, and tighter budgets.