The Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque in Abu Dhabi.
Courtesy IALD The Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque in Abu Dhabi.

On May 13, in a gala dinner to benefit the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) Education Trust, the 27th Annual IALD Awards were presented at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas. Twenty-three projects were recognized in the categories of Awards of Excellence, Awards of Merit, and Special Citations. The projects are reviewed by a seven-person jury of lighting, architecture, and design professionals.

The main award of the evening, the Radiance Award for Excellence, was presented to Speirs and Major Associates for their exterior lighting design of the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Principal Jonathan Speirs accepted the award on behalf of the firm, whose work was also recognized with an Award of Excellence for the Infinity Bridge in Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom, and an Award of Merit for the Sands Bethworks Retained Edifices in Bethleham, Pa. A testament to the firm's extraordinary work, this was the third year in a row they won the Radiance Award.

The winning projects represent firms from 12 countries. Awards of Excellence were also presented to ArcLight Design, Ljusarkitektur, Randy Burkett Lighting Design, RDG Planning & Design, and Hansen & Henneberg. An Award of Excellence and Sustainability was presented to Arup Lighting for their work at the New Acropolis Museum in Athens. Awards of Merit went to Architectural Lighting Solutions, Clanton & Associates, The Flaming Beacon, Fisher Marantz Stone, Lam Partners, Licht Kunst Licht, PointOfView, Schwinghammer Lighting, Steensen Varming Australia, and Total Lighting Solutions. For details about all of the winning projects, visit