IESNYC 2023 Lumen Awards recognize 14 lighting projects

June 20, 2023
A jury of lighting experts selected the winners from more than 75 submissions.

The New York City section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNYC) honored the recipients of the 2023 Lumen Awards at its 55th annual Lumen Gala held June 15 at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers, New York. The awards program recognizes excellence in lighting design.

Out of 75-plus submissions, 14 lighting design firms received Lumen Awards for their projects across three categories. The Lumen Award of Excellence is the highest level of recognition for permanent architectural application; the Lumen Award of Merit honors permanent architectural applications of merit; and the Lumen Citation celebrates art installations, technical details, portions of single projects, temporary installations, and other works.

“The Lumen Awards once again acknowledge talented individuals who, across generations, bring inspired projects to life,” said Lumen committee co-chairs Clara Powell, Cooledge Lighting regional sales manager, and Adrienne Shulman, ERCO Lighting regional sales manager, in IESNYC’s press release. "Lumen-winning projects … consistently demonstrate the best of what lighting design can do for architecture and placemaking, while raising the profile of the lighting industry as a whole."

The 2023 Lumen Award Jury comprised Darina Zlateva, director at KPF; Brian Smith, director of lighting at Icrave; Ashley Moench, principal at Kugler Ning; Joshua Spitzig, associate at Atelier Ten; Nathalie Rozot, founder of PhoScope; Gabe Guilliams, principal at Buro Happold; and Al Uszynski, editor and publisher at Inside Lighting.

See the 14 Lumen Award recipients below. For more project information, refer to the 2023 Lumen Journal.

Awards of Excellence

Project: Morgan Library & Museum Garden, New York

Lighting designer: Linnaea Tillett Lighting Design Associates

Architects: Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP

Project: 320 South Canal, Chicago

Lighting designer: One Lux Studio

Architect: Goettsch Partners

Project: Tin Building by Jean-Georges, New York

Lighting designer: L’Observatoire International

Architects and interior designers: Roman and Williams; Cass Calder Smith 

Merit Awards

Project: Bus Terminal Tokyo Yaesu, Tokyo

Lighting designer: Loop Lighting; Nihon Sekkei

Architects: Nihon Sekkei; Takenaka Corp.

Project: Chasing Rabbits, Vail, Colo.

Lighting designer: Focus Lighting

Architects: Davis Partnership; Rockwell Group

Project: Penn 1, New York

Lighting designer: Lighting Workshop

Architect: Architecture + Information (A+I)

Project: Post Houston, Houston

Lighting designer: Dot Dash

Architect: OMA

Project: Trinity Church Wall St., New York

Lighting designer: Melanie Freundlich Lighting Design

Architect: MBB Architects

Citation Awards

Cited for: Integration of daylight and electric light

Project: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, Calif.

Lighting designer: Renfro Design Group

Architect: Selldorf Architects

Cited for: Community lighting initiative

Project: Signal Station North, Baltimore

Lighting designer: Flux Studio

Architect: PLKL Studio

Cited for: Immersive environment

Project: The Journey to Edge/Peak, New York

Lighting designer: Bold

Architect: Rockwell Group

Cited for: Environmental awareness through light

Project: Last Ocean, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Artist: Jen Lewin Studio

Cited for: Artifact illumination

Project: Silver Vault Gallery, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Conn.

Lighting designer: Anita Jorgensen Lighting Design

Architect: Steven W. Spandle Architect

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