The International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) announced the winners of its 23rd Annual Lighting Design Awards at a presentation held during Lightfair International in Las Vegas. This year, projects won in all seven categories, and, for the first time, awards were given for residential and sustainable submissions. Out of 160 entries representing 16 countries, 23 projects took home awards.

Established in 1983, the IALD Lighting Design Awards program honors projects that display high aesthetic achievement backed by technical expertise. Submitted into one of seven categories-academic/institutional, corporate, hospitality, monumental structures/public spaces, residential, retail/entertainment, and site/fa?ade-projects are reviewed by a panel of judges who assign a numeric value to the judging criteria for each entry. Projects that score 80 to 87 points earn Awards of Merit, those with 88 and above are presented with Awards of Excellence, and the highest scorer receives the IALD Radiance Award. A Sustainable Design Award was also given, as well as Special Citations, awarded to projects with a particular aspect worthy of recognition.

Seven IALD members made up the judging panel: Rhomney Forbes-Gray from Lightbrigade Architectural Lighting in Ontario, Canada; Kevin Houser from the University of Nebraska in Omaha; Sean Kendig, current International Interior Design Association (IIDA) president from TVS Interiors in Chicago; David Nelson from David Nelson & Associates in Littleton, Colorado; Leslie North from Aurora Lighting in Grayslake, Illinois; Lee Waldron from Grenald Waldron Associates in Narbeth, Pennsylvania; and Kris Wilde from Adaptive Design Group in Salt Lake City, Utah. In addition to one Sustainable Design Award and two Special Citations, they awarded nine Awards of Excellence and 12 Awards of Merit.

In a prepared statement, IALD Awards co-chair Kenneth A. Douglas said, 'In my four years as awards chair, this is the best pool of projects and the best pool of viable residential projects we've ever had.'