IES Illumination Awards

Program Overview

The IES Illumination Awards (formerly the International Illumination Design 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.

Judges are selected from a broad professional spectrum that represents knowledge of lighting and design excellence. The judging system is based entirely on how well the lighting design does or does not meet the program criteria. This program is not a competition. The program is open to any qualified entrant without limitations as to professional affiliations. The Guth, Waterbury, Outdoor, Energy and Environmental, and Lighting Controls awards are parallel programs created to recognize outstanding lighting design.

The Energy and Environmental Design Award sponsored by Osram Sylvania

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.

The Aileen Page Cutler Memorial Award for Residential Lighting Design

Aileen Page Cutler, was revered for her ability to push the boundaries of residential lighting design. To give back the community where she thrived, Mrs. Cutler developed training programs to teach others the art and science of residential lighting. This prestigious award furthers her legacy through the recognition of exemplary projects which utilize traditional and unconventional design techniques to present inspired solutions to residential lighting challenges.

The Outdoor Lighting Design Award sponsored by Eaton's Cooper Lighting Business

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.
*Previously named the Paul Waterbury Award for Outdoor Lighting Design. Now sponsored by Eaton’s Cooper Lighting Business.

The Edwin F. Guth Memorial Award for Interior Lighting Design

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.

The Lighting Control Innovation Award, sponsored by the Lighting Controls Association

Advanced lighting control solutions can provide significant energy savings, flexibility, and other benefits in buildings. This prestigious award recognizes projects that exemplify the effective use of lighting controls in nonresidential applications. Guidelines suggestive of what to include in your submission are available.


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2016 IES Illumination Awards Timeline

IES Illumination Awards