The 22nd Annual GE Awards were announced on April 11, in the usual kick off event to Lighfair 2005. In addition to the Edison Award, there were three Awards of Excellence; two Awards for Sustainability Design; and five Awards of Merit.
The James S. McDonnell Space Hangar, National Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian Institute in Chantilly, Virginia, won the top GE Edison Award. The project was designed by Frank Florentine, William Jacobs, and David Heck.
The Washington Square Arch in New York City, designed by Domingo Gonzalez Associates; the National Assembly Administration Building in Berlin by Licht Kunst Licht; and the Hyde Park Bank in Chicago by Schuler Shook all took Awards of Excellence.
The Award for Sustainable Design went to two projects: The Seattle Central Library by Kugler Tillotson Associates (covered in the September/October 2004 issue of A|L); and the Stillwell Avenue Terminal Station in Brooklyn, New York, also designed by Domingo Gonzales Associates.
Awards of Merit went to five projects: The Hall of Mammals at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.,by Suzanne Powadiuk Design; the New York Botanical Gardens Visitor Center in Bronx, New York, also by Domingo Gonzales Associates; the Yufeng Bridge in Kunshan, Jiangsu, China, by Gaoge Landscape Bridge Design Research Center; Petco Park in San Diego by Illume/M-E Engineers; and the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison Wisconsin, by Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design (covered in the March 2005 issue of A|L).
The GE Edison Awards recognize excellent projects that use GE lamps. This year's jurors were: Jerry Cassel, GE Consumer and Industrial Lighting; Rhomney Forbes-Gray Lightbrigade Architectural Lighting; Addison Kelly, US Lighting Consultants; Ronald Kurtz, Randy Burkett Lighting Design; and Jim Youngston of Newcobmb & Boyd Lighting Design.