Awards

The IES Illumination Awards provides a unique opportunity for public recognition of professionalism, ingenuity, and originality in lighting design based upon the individual merit of each entry judged against specific criteria.The five award categories are parallel programs created to recognize outstanding lighting design.

Award Submission

Awards are submitted online through the IES Illumination Awards webpage. Following the submission period, award applications go through judging by the local section for section awards. Section Awards acknowledge commendable achievement in lighting design at the local level. After section awards, the online submissions are opened up briefly for final editing before national judging takes place. The schedule for this years submission process as well as submission instructions can be found at the IES Illumination Awards webpage.

Gloria Koch Leonidas Illumination Awards Dinner

In 2014, the IES Seattle/Puget Sound Section renamed the local awards ceremony “The Gloria Koch Leonidas Illumination Awards” in recognition of a friend who contributed so much to the IES both locally and nationally. This year’s awards dinner will be held June 6, 2019 at the Arctic Club Hotel in Downtown Seattle. Winning projects are presented an award and contributors receive a certificate at the Annual Awards Dinner.

IES IA Award Categories

The five award categories are as follows. A link has been provided to download the score sheet for each category. More information on the award category can be found on the IES Illumination Awards webpage.

The Controls Innovation Award

Sponsored by The Lighting Controls Association
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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.


The Edith F Guth Memorial Award for Interior Lighting Design

Sponsored by Edwin Guth
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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
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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.


The Energy and Environemental Design Award

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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.

Gallery of Past Award Winners

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Gloria Koch Leonidas Illumination Awards Dinner

In 2014, the IES Seattle/Puget Sound Section renamed the local awards ceremony “The Gloria Koch Leonidas Illumination Awards” in recognition of a friend who contributed so much to the IES both locally and nationally. This year’s awards celebration will take place in the spring of 2021. The exact date and format are in the works. Winning projects are presented an award and contributors receive a certificate at the Annual Awards Dinner.