In this issue, architectural lighting presents the first annual A|L Light + Architecture Design Awards. The following photo-filled, color-infused pages are dedicated to the nine winners, and to showcasing excellent lighting design. In their honor, we have created a feature section that is a celebratory fete in its own way: At 23 pages, it is the thickest project well the magazine has ever run.

The distinguished jury was made up of four industry professionals, with a range of experience and expertise, from LEED to daylighting to just plain design savvy. The team included Ken Douglas, principal of New Jersey-based Illumination Arts; Brian Stacy, associate and principal lighting designer in the New York City office of Arup Lighting; Matthew Tanteri, principal of Tanteri + Associates, also of New York; and Christina Trauthwein, editor-in-chief formerly of A|L and currently of Kitchen + Bath Business magazine. The entrants were in knowledgeable, seasoned hands.

Of the nine projects, three won the top Outstanding Achievement Award, five were winners of the Commendable Achievement Awards, and one project won the A|L Virtuous Achievement (ALVA) honor for Best Design on a Budget. These projects were chosen from 41 submissions. They were not judged against each other, but rather as superior examples of lighting in their category. Therefore, not every category has a winner, and not every category has both Outstanding and Commendable honorees. Likewise, there are no winners in the ALVA categories for Best Use of Color, Best Design in a LEED-Rated Building or Best Incorporation of Daylight.

The submissions hailed from an encouraging breadth of states and regions, including projects from across the United States, as well as Canada and Mexico; the winning projects are equally diverse, located in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, California and Nova Scotia. Also noteworthy, entries were submitted by not only the top lighting designers, but by many architecture firms with an obvious passion for lighting. While there were entries in every category, submissions to the ALVA LEED and Daylight categories were few; we hope this area will attract more projects next year.

A|L's staff congratulates the winners, which represent some of the best architectural lighting happening today. That should be apparent in the following pages; however if readers wish for more details about these projects, including the jury's comments, comprehensive specification information, and additional images and text, a downloadable PDF of each is available at

Without further ado, we invite you to turn the page and feast your eyes on this spread of award-winning projects. A|L