The greater Los Angeles lighting design community gathered on Saturday, June 25 to celebrate the Lumen West Awards. With these awards, the Los Angeles, Orange County, and Inland Empire sections of the Illuminating Engineering Society celebrated the accomplishments of their colleagues and peers. This year's event was held at the Rafael Moneo–designed Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels, and more than 250 guests joined the Ocean's 11 themed event.
Twenty-two awards were given out, with two levels of recognition—five Awards of Excellence and 17 Awards of Merit. This year's Awards of Excellence: In the residential category, or Cutler Award, it went to Private Residence, Beverly Hills, Calif., Kaplan Gehring McCarroll Architectural Lighting; in the interior, or Guth Awards, they went to the Hard Rock Cafe Tampa, Tampa, Fla., Visual Terrain, and the Battelle Grand Renovation at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design; and in the outdoor, or Waterbury Award, they went to Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, Calif., Kaplan Gehring McCarroll Architectural Lighting, and Choctaw Casino and Resort, Durant, Okla., Visual Terrain.