On May 28 the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) presented nine awards to its best and brightest before an audience of 300 luminaries at New York City's Hudson Theatre in the Millennium Hotel. The Lumen Awards, developed to encourage and publicly recognize excellence, professionalism, ingenuity, and originality in architectural lighting design, this year honored five East Coast projects, with additional winners hailing from Barcelona, Aspen, Orlando, and San Francisco.
Three venues were presented the highest honor, the Lumen Award. The winners were the Tribeca Bridge in New York City, lit by Domingo Gonzalez Design; One Market Plaza in San Francisco, lit by Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design (CBBLD); and the Barcelona (Spain) Museum of Contemporary Art, illuminated by Fisher Marantz Renfro Stone (FMRS).
Two Citation Awards were presented at the ceremony, one for the "Wild Arctic" attraction at Sea World in Orlando, the work again of FMRS; and all the restaurants at the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, CT, lit by Focus Lighting (for more on this project, see "Native Suns," April 1997 Lighting Dimensions).
The evening's Honorable Mention Awards went to the lighting designers of three projects: LaGuardia Airport Garage in Queens, NY, by Domingo Gonzalez Design; the North Cove Link Pylons in New York City, the work of H.M. Brandston & Partners; and a private residence in Aspen by CBBLD.
Complementing the Lumens, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Award recognizes commercial lighting applications that combine design excellence with exceptional energy efficiency. This year the EPRI went to Cosentini Lighting Design for illuminating the Duracell headquarters in Bethel, CT. The Energizer Bunny was not in attendance.