Outstanding Achievement

Outstanding Achievement, Exterior Lighting - National September 11 Memorial

The 16-acre site in lower Manhattan known as ground zero is arguably the most emotionally charged site of our time.

Outstanding Achievement, Exterior Lighting - Twin Sails Bridge, Poole, U.K.

A decade in the making, the Twin Sails Bridge connects the Borough of Poole to the nearby town of Hamworthy.

Outstanding Achievement, Whole Building - The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, Mo.

Designed by Safdie Architects, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts sits confidently on the Kansas City’s horizon, and its unique architectural form—a ribbed, helmetlike shape—gives the city a notable landmark.

Outstanding Achievement, Whole Building - The United States Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C.

Sited adjacent to the Lincoln Memorial, the United States Institute of Peace boldly makes its mark on the Washington, D.C., skyline with a white luminescent roof, whose curving, steel-framed form evokes a dove in flight.


Commendable Achievement

Commendable Achievement, Exterior Lighting - Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, Washington, D.C.

Located on the northwest edge of the Tidal Basin, which is part of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial sits directly on the axis between the Jefferson Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial.

Commendable Achievement, Whole Building: University of California, Berkeley, School of Law South Addition

To remain competitive in the drive to attract the brightest students and the best faculty, the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law knew it needed to expand its facilities. Inserted into the school's existing courtyard, the new addition houses a café, library stack space, reading and seminar rooms, computer labs, library staff offices, and collection services on four floors.

Commendable Achievement, Whole Building: Tenley-Friendship Library

The Tenley-Friendship Library, part of the DC Public Library system, was designed inside-out by way of a collaborative process. The Freelon Group and Horton Lees Brogdon Lighting Design worked together to develop architectural, electric lighting, and daylighting systems with an eye toward creating a healthy building that consumes 31 percent less energy than is standard for a 21,472-square-foot structure.

Commendable Achievement, Whole Building: Milstein Hall, Cornell University

The team of Office for Metropolitan Architecture and Tillotson Design Associates has created an inspiring place for aspiring architects, using elegantly simple fixtures to light three distinct spatial conditions within the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning's new studio building on Cornell University's campus.

Commendable Achievement, Whole Building: Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Princeton University

The Frick Chemistry Laboratory at Princeton University rationally organizes office and laboratory space on either side of an open, central atrium topped by 216 photovoltaic-equipped skylights. The architecture indulges its mechanistic aspects with exposed-steel structural members and mechanical ducting, while also providing warmer touches in the form of wooden screens on the interior.

Commendable Achievement, Interior Lighting: ESPA Life at Corinthia

Situated on four floors of the Corinthia Hotel in London, ESPA Life offers just what it promises: a next-generation spa experience.

Commendable Achievement, Interior Lighting: Cranbrook Art Museum and Library Renovation/Collections Building Addition

Built in 1942 on the campus of Eliel Saarinen's Cranbrook Academy of Art, the Cranbrook Art Museum houses a permanent collection and plays host to traveling exhibitions.


Special Citation

Best Use of Color: Ryerson Image Center, Ryerson University

Faced with the challenge of housing their newly acquired Black Star Collection of nearly 300,000 images from noted 20th century photographers, Ryerson University converted a former brewery building into the new Ryerson Image Centre.

Best Lighting Design on A Budget: House of Air

This former biplane hangar is being given a second chance to become airborne in its new incarnation as the House of Air. The 21,440-square-foot trampoline facility is located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on the historic Crissy Field landing strip.

Best Use of Daylighting: The Sidwell Friends School Meeting House and Arts Center

A Quaker institution, the Sidwell Friends School wanted to transform an old gymnasium into a meeting and worship space. The school hired architects KieranTimberlake to deliver a design that would embody the Quaker ideals of light and simplicity.

Special Citation for Light as an Urban Connector: Midway Crossings, The University of Chicago

The University of Chicago's historic north campus is separated from its new south campus by the Midway, a green expanse that dates back to the 1893 World's Columbian Expedition. While pleasant parkland during the day, at night the area presented the perfect environment for illicit activity.


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