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2015 AL Light & Architecture Design Awards

Architectural Lighting announces the Twelfth Annual AL Light & Architecture Design Awards honoring outstanding and innovative projects in the field of architectural lighting design.

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Registration Guidelines
The AL Light & Architecture Design Awards recognize excellence in lighting design within the specific criteria relevant to each category (Interior, Exterior, Whole Building, and Exhibition and Temporary Lighting Installations). To acknowledge issues of notable importance in today’s practice of lighting design and techniques particular to lighting, AL also presents a series of awards that achieve the Best Use of Color; the Best Incorporation of Daylight; and the Best Lighting Design on a Budget—three issues that are important considerations for designers. Winning projects are published in the July/August 2015 issues and featured on archlighting.com.

The AL Light & Architecture Design Awards has moved to a new digital format.  Please use either

Chrome or Firefox as your browser when registering and completing the forms.

Eligibility
Design professionals practicing worldwide may enter one or more projects in multiple categories. Submissions are encouraged from all design professionals—architects, lighting designers, interior architects, interior designers, and landscape architects. Projects must have been completed after July 2013.

Categories:
Main Categories:

  1. Interior Lighting (i.e., museums, libraries, civic buildings, hotels, restaurants, retail, offices, academic buildings, healthcare facilities)
  2. Exterior Lighting (i.e., facades, landscapes, gardens, parks, street and roadway lighting, transportation, urban master plans)
  3. Whole Building Projects (where the same designer has been responsible for both interior and exterior lighting
  4. Exhibition Lighting and Temporary Installation

In addition to the main categories, entrants may also submit in any of the Special Citation Award categories.  Entrants cannot submit in a Special Citation category unless they have submitted in one of the main categories.

Special Citation Award Categories:

  • Best Use of Color
  • Best Incorporation of Daylight
  • Best Lighting Design on a Budget

Important Dates
Monday, May 11, 2015 → Submission deadline for entries
Monday, June 1, 2015 → Submission deadline for late entries (Late Entry Fee Applies per project submission)

Fees
$145 → First Entry
$100 → Each Additional Entry
$100 → Special Citation Awards Entry
$35 → each individual late entry submission.

Please Note:  You will be charged a $35 late fee per entry for any materials submitted after May, 11, 2015.  The late fee will automatically be added to all entries starting May 12.  All late entry materials must be received by June 1, 2015.

No refunds will be issued.
All materials submitted to the 2015 AL Light & Design Architecture Awards program become the property of Architectural Lighting, which will not be responsible or liable for them.  Entry fees are non-refundable. 

How to prepare your entry
This year’s awards are completely digital! You can register, complete your entry forms, and upload your entry materials (including images, descriptions and documentation) by submitting everything through this website in a two-step process.

STEP ONE:  Register your project and pay fees. 
STEP TWO: Fill out online entry forms and upload your entry materials, as outlined below.  You may also return to this website to add to or modify your entry at a later date.

Entry Materials:
Your entry will consist of an online entry form and supporting documents that can be uploaded to this website. 
The online entry form will ask for the following:

  • Entrant information (contact details for the person preparing the entry)
  • Project Information (including name, project team info, photographer, photography and lighting costs,watts per square foot, energy-code compliance and more)
  • Luminaire and lamp type including manufacturer list and applications
  • Written description (600 words max) outlining project brief, project challenges and lighting design solutions

After filling out this information, you will have an opportunity to upload supporting documents for your entry.  Files can be .jpg images, .eps files, .tif, .pdf, and or Microsoft Word .docx files.  Please limit your uploaded materials to a TOTAL of 50 MB.

In addition to the main categories, appropriate submissions may also be submitted for any of the three Special Citation Awards.  You cannot supbmit in a Special Citation category unless you have submitted in a main category.  If materials are not provided for the Special Citation Awards, or if they do not meet category requirements, projects will not be judged. These awards require the following additional information:

Best Use of Color: Entrants must include an explanation (no more than 300 words) clarifying the use of color in the project.   The text must be different than the main description test.  Use of Color may be interpreted liberally; however, judges will be asked to consider the complexity of the design and the meaningful use of color to complement the design strategy.

Best Incorporation of Daylight: Entrants must include daylighting analysis and an explanation (no more than 300 words) clarifying how the project integrates daylighting with electric lighting.  The text must be different than the main description text. In addition, entrants must include ASHRAE 90.1 or LEED documentation indicating that daylighting provides persistent on-peak energy savings. If this documentation is not provided, the project will not be evaluated.

Best Lighting Design on a Budget: Entrants must include an explanation (no more than 300 words) clarifying why theirs is a budget project; in addition, they must include project construction costs, lighting materials costs, and lighting and electrical subcontractor costs (preferably on a per-square-foot basis).  The text must be different than the main description text.  Judges understand costs are relative to project type; however, they reserve the right to determine whether it is truly a budget project.

Rules and Regulations
WHO CAN ENTER:
Submissions are encouraged from all design professionals—architects, lighting designers, interior architects, interior designers, and landscape architects. Projects must have been completed after July 2013.

PUBLICATION:  Winners will be featured in the July/August2015 issue of Architectural Lighting as well as online at archlighting.com

ANONYMITY:  To maintain anonymity in judging, no names of entrants or collaborating parties may appear on any submission materials except where specifically requested on the online entry forms. Do not, however, conceal the identity or location of projects. Architectural Lighting will not adjust any submission to make it comply with this rule.

ENTRY FORMS  Each submission must be registered online ahead of the submission deadline using this website. Payment is made at time of registration.  Additional materials must also be uploaded to the website prior to the submission deadline.

PUBLISHING RIGHTS  All materials submitted to the 2015 AL Light & Architecture Design Awards program become the property of Architectural LightingArchitectural Lighting retains the right to consider all non-winning entries for future publication, but entrants will be notified beforehand. Keep a copy of all entry materials for your records. Note that awards are left up to the judges’ discretion.  An award may not be granted in each category.

REGULAR ENTRY  Regular entries must be registered and submitted online by May 11, 2015 at 11:59pm EST. The fee is $145 for submissions in Main Entry Categories and $100 for each subsequent submissions including those in the Special Citation Categories, as outlined above. Entry fees must be paid online by credit card, and are nonrefundable.

LATE ENTRY  Late entries: are all submissions made starting May 12, 2015 12:00 am EST through June 1, 2015 11:59pm EST to whch an additional fee applies to each entry.  Fees must be paid online by credit card. Please note that entrants registering after the regular deadline of May 11, 2015 will have the $35 late fee automatically included in each of these entries. Late fees are also nonrefundable.

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