Shortlist announced for the Lighting Design Awards

The 30 finalists in the lighting design awards 2007 have now been announced. Top design practices such a BDP Lighting, Arup Associate, Pinniger & Partners, DPA and Lighting Design International all vie for top awards alongside some innovative newcomers.
Projects shortlisted include the lighting of a 56 metre luxury yacht, a tennis museum, three churches and two bridges.

A scheme at the Emirates Stadium by Kate Wilkins and Virgin’s luxury Upper Class Lounge at Heathrow by Isometrix Lighting + Design both make the cut in the Leisure category while hotly tipped Saint Paul’s cathedral causes no surprises in the Heritage section.

In the entertainment category Robbie Williams having made the grade for the second year running is battling with Pink and Glyndebournes’s production of Cosi Fan Tutte for top honours. While over in the innovations section, major manufacturers include Hoffmeister, Thorn, We-Ef, Siteco, Concord:marlin, Harvard, GE and Lamina.

Each finalist has come through an extremely rigorous judging process. Representatives from the judging panel completed over 50 site visits to the long listed finalists. There are three different judging panels, one for projects, one for innovation and one for entertainment. Each panel has relevant experts and all are working practitioners in their respective fields. A difficult achievement considering there were over 20% more entries this year, which were located throughout the British Isles.

The winners will be announced at a celebratory evening on the 15 March at the London Hilton Park Lane. The venue will seat 800 to dine and with bookings already well in excess of 600 the organisers are recommending those who wish to attend to reserve their places as soon as possible.

“The Lighting Design Awards have proved to be a great opportunity for all the top people in lighting to network and celebrate. This year with our move to the Hilton and 800 guests it is going to be a fantastic night” said, Liz Morris, the Event Director.

The Lighting Design Awards is organised by Emap, the publisher of Lighting magazine, and the Institution of Lighting Engineers. They are supported by the Lighting Industry Federation and Plasa.

The categories are divided into two categories; projects and innovations and the finalists in all categories are:


Lighting for Leisure

The Cuckoo Club, London – Lighting design by Blacksheep and Into Lighting

The Diamond Club, Emirates Stadium, London – Kate Wilkins

Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Lounge, Heathrow – Isometrix Lighting + Design

Exterior Lighting

The Brunswick Centre, London – Pinniger & Partners

Queens Walk, London – Speirs and Major Associates

Young Vic, London – DHA Designs

Transport Lighting

Central Park, Manchester – Indigo Light Planning

Clifton Suspension Bridge – Pinniger & Partners

Light at the End of the Tunnel, London – Southwark Council

Public Buildings

Louis T Blouin Arts Foundation, London – Campbell Design

National Waterfront Museum, Swansea – David Atkinson Lighting Design

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, London – DHA Designs


Harry Winston, London – Campbell Design

The Lab, Farnham – Elektra Lighting

Louis Vuitton Roll-Out – Arup Lighting


Hammerson Head Office, London – Lighting Design International

Palestra, London – Pinniger & Partners

The Saltire Centre, Glasgow Caledonian University – BDP Lighting


Parliament View, Westminster – VBK Lighting Consultants

Wimbledon Residence, London – Inverse Lighting Design

Rosehearty – Isometrix Lighting + Design


All Saints Church, Carshalton – Light Perceptions

All Souls Church, London – Martin Richman and Tony Cooper represented by Luxx Lighting

Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London – Speirs and Major Associates

Special Projects

Eastside Lighting Festival, Birmingham – Elda+ Workshop Team

London Oasis, London Architecture Biennale – Arup Lighting

The Sackler Crossing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew – Speirs and Major Associates


Buddakan Restaurant, New York – Isometrix Lighting + Design

High Museum of Art, Atlanta – Arup Lighting

Reiss, Stockholm – Jason Bruges Studio


Così Fan Tutte, Glyndebourne – Paule Constable

Pink ‘I’m Still Alive’ tour – Baz Halpin and Mark Fisher

Robbie Williams ‘Close Encounters’ tour – Al Gurdon


Interior Luminaires – Hoffmeister

LED Emergency Lighting System – Concord:marlin

Novaluna S – Siteco

External Luminaires

Orus – Thorn Lighting

Rail 66 – We-Ef Lighting

Terreno hi.vertical – Hoffmeister

Light Sources and Control Gear

ConstantColor CMH SuperMini – GE Consumer & Industrial

LeafNut – Harvard Engineering

Titan LED Light Engine – Lamina Ceramics

The diverse judging panel of experts from all areas of lighting design includes:

In the projects category: Peter Le Manquais, Managing Director, Wila Lighting; John Bullock an Independent Lighting Designer; Sharon Stammers, former Senior Lighting Designer at Phoenix Large/Lightmatters; Mike Simpson, Technical and Design Director, Philips Lighting; Ray Molony, Editor, Lighting magazine and Chris Hardy, Head of Lighting at Bournemouth Borough Council.

In the innovations category: Alex Lifschutz, Principal Architect, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands; David Morgan, Product Designer and principal, David Morgan Associates; Des O’Donovan, Senior Lighting Designer, DHA Designs; Tom Webster, Technical Support Manager, DW Windsor; David Burton, former Head of Lighting at London Underground and director, Fifth Dimension Associates and Faye Robinson, Principal Lighting Designer, Troup Bywaters and Anders.