British Columbia’s Vision Awards in lighting design open 2019 entries

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.

IESBC Vision Awards
IESBC’s 2017 recipient AES Engineering received the Award of Merit for their Exterior Lighting Design submission of the West Newton Cricket Fieldhouse in Surrey, BC. Architect: Shape Architecture. Photo by Ema Peter.

“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:

  • The Lighting Control Innovation Award, sponsored by the Lighting Controls Association
  • Illumination Award for Interior Lighting Design, sponsored by Edwin Guth
  • Illumination Award for Outdoor Lighting Design, sponsored by Eaton
  • Energy and Environmental Lighting Design
  • BC Hydro Lighting Redesign Award

Local section judging will take place from February 18 through March 8, 2019. For more information on Vision Awards deadlines, submission fees and faqs, please visit the official IESBC website, linked here.