The Illuminating Engineering Society of British Columbia (IESBC) is now accepting lighting design submissions for the 2019 Vision Awards. Anyone in British Columbia (except manufacturers), IES members or non-members, may enter any project worldwide to the Illumination Award categories. Projects must be completed between January 2017 and December 2018, and the deadline to submit is February 15, 2019.
“Since light enhances texture, emphasizes colour, and supports the structure of the built environment, we hope to see recommendations and submissions from all members of the design community, including Lighting Designers, Engineers, Architects, Interior Designers, Developers, Photographers, and even Agents” says Marty Geusebroek, IESBC board member. “The design community works from many different angles, but I think most agree that light is vitally important to the occupant’s experience of the built environment and different perspectives are necessary to the evolution of lighting.”
Why submit? IESBC is a not-for-profit that celebrates outstanding BC-based lighting designers, engineers and industry professionals, and the local Vision Awards is an opportunity for projects to be reviewed by top industry lighting professionals. The Vision Awards is also the first step leading up to the IES National Illumination Awards. Rather than being a competition for top seat amongst peers, submissions are to be judged based their individual merits and how well the lighting design meets the program criteria.
The award categories include:
Local section judging will take place from February 18 through March 8, 2019. For more information on deadlines, submission fees and faqs, please visit
Operating for over 60 years, IES British Columbia, a section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), is a volunteer run, not-for-profit technical society dedicated to promoting the art and science of lighting. Known as the go-to community for the newest lighting codes and by-laws, IESBC provides an environment for sharing knowledge and ideas to advance the career paths of all its members and lighting professionals. IESBC offers monthly seminars to educate trade and residential designers or anyone interested in learning more about the lighting industry.
ABOUT THE AWARD CATEGORIES
The Lighting Control Innovation Award, sponsored by the Lighting Controls - Advanced lighting control solutions can provide significant energy savings, flexibility and other benefits in buildings. This prestigious award recognizes good lighting projects that exemplify the effective use of lighting controls in nonresidential applications. Guidelines suggestive of what to include in your submission are available.
Illumination Award for Interior Lighting Design, sponsored by Edwin Guth - In 1902 Edwin F. Guth founded the St. Louis Brass Company and later renamed it the Edwin F. Guth Company. Mr. Guth's profound creativity, entrepreneurialism and focus to improve interior lighting are partially represented through 147 patents awarded to him prior to his passing in 1962. This award recognizes exceptional interior lighting projects that balance the functional illumination of space with the artistic application of light to enhance the occupant's experience.
Illumination Award for Outdoor Lighting Design, sponsored by Eaton - The Outdoor Lighting Design Award recognizes excellence in lighting design and application in all aspects of exterior lighting. The program celebrates achievements in aesthetics, applied technical acumen, creative solutions to demanding site conditions and advancements to the industry in outdoor lighting applications. The goal of the program is to further the understanding, knowledge and function of outdoor lighting as a critical aspect of the built environment.
Energy and Environmental Lighting Design
The Energy and Environmental Design Award recognizes quality lighting installations in commercial and industrial buildings that incorporate advanced energy-saving strategies and environmentally responsible solutions into the overall design.
BC Hydro Lighting Redesign Award
BC Hydro Power Smart presents the Lighting Redesign Award to recognize local talents that bring innovation and energy efficiency in lighting design. The Lighting Redesign Award recognizes quality lighting redesign, or major retrofit installations in existing commercial and industrial buildings, that incorporate advanced energy-saving strategies and environmentally responsible solutions into the overall design, without sacrificing visual interest.