Lighting Industry

Live, real and in person… The Lighting Design Awards returns

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Among the awards to be presented at the forty-fourth Lighting Design Awards will be the coveted Lighting Design Practice of the Year, the Emerging Practice of the Year and the Publishers’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

THE LIGHTING Design Awards 2020 will take place live, real and in person, organisers have confirmed.

The much-anticipated celebration of excellence in lighting design will go ahead at The Troxy in London in November, the first major industry event to return to the calendar. 

‘We’re really excited to bring this much loved and highly prestigious presentation ceremony back in a real live form,’ said event director James Samuel. 

‘The lighting design community wants to come together again to mark its achievements and successes after what has been a challenging time for everyone.

‘There is a huge desire to return to normal and we’re delighted to play our role in making it happen.

‘And as responsible and leading event organisers, I can assure the industry that the event will be compliant with best practice in terms of very latest in Government and event industry Covid-secure guidelines’. 

‘The Lighting Design Awards team has worked incredibly hard to make this happen, and I’m really proud of what they have accomplished.’

Among the awards to be presented at the forty-fourth Lighting Design Awards will be the coveted Lighting Design Practice of the Year, the Emerging Practice of the Year and the Publishers’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

In April, the shortlist was published,  selected from over 300 entries after deliberations by the team of judges comprised of senior lighting designers and architects.

The proceedings will also include the graduation of the 40under40 Class of 2020, where a generation of upcoming talent in the lighting design sector is recognised and honoured. 

This year’s cohort consists of 15 men and 25 women from 12 different countries including India, Brazil, Germany, China, Portugal and the USA.

The 40under40 is sponsored by Filix.

Sponsors of the Lighting Design Awards include Lutron, iGuzzini, Orluna, LEDFlex, LED Luks, CENTRSVET, LAMP/WILA, LITE and the DiiA.

Last year’s Lighting Design Awards saw winners from China, Australia, the UK, Japan, the UAE and Taiwan take the top honours during a glamorous black-tie ceremony attended by 600 designers, architects and suppliers and featuring the top London rapper Jords and comedian Ian Stone.

The lighting design practice of the year for 2019 was named as the Australian firm Electrolight, who, along with its UK sister office 18 Degrees, had three winning projects. 

Electrolight was the lighting designer for the winners in both the Retail Project of the Year, the T2 Luxury Mall at Melbourne Airport and the Public Realm and Landscape Project of the Year, the Sound Tube, also in Melbourne, while 18 Degrees prevailed in the Heritage Project of the Year with the International Presbyterian Church in west London.

The emerging practice of the year for 2019 was named as New York-based Oculus. It was cited for its company culture and called ‘a studio whose passion is at the heart of everything it does’.

The Publishers’ Lifetime Achievement Award went to the Czech architect Eva Jiřičná and the product designer of the year for 2019 was named as London-based luminaire specialist David Morgan.