Looking at this year’s winners, the power of light and its ability to define, highlight, and transform architecture continues to be impressive. On the following pages, you’ll find a diverse group of 15 projects that represent every sort of lighting challenge a designer could face. They had to navigate strict program requirements, codes, and budgets, and their work shown here is anything but simple.

In each project, the lighting is carefully considered, and in the hands of the talented lighting designers and architects behind them, technical and aesthetic achievements are brought together. To manipulate light in such a way as to simultaneously evoke subtlety and complexity requires a serious understanding of light. This year’s work shows moments of articulated restraint as well as moments of exuberant celebration. In the process, the designers never loose sight of the people that they are designing for and they give voice to light’s singular ability to create a vocabulary all its own.