August 1, 2001
Notes from William Weathersby, Jr. Contributing
Always a highlight of the Lightfair International trade show
and conference, the International Association of Lighting
Designers Awards this year bestowed honors upon nine architectural
projects for outstanding achievement in lighting design. The
May 31 ceremony in Las Vegas presented one award of excellence,
seven awards of merit, and one special citation as part of
the 18th annual program.
New York-based Fisher Marantz Stone received the highest
honor, the award of excellence, for its work on the American
Museum of Natural History Rose Center for Earth and Space
The Rose Center houses the recreated Hayden Planetarium now
located in an 87-foot-diameter sphere encased in a seven-story
clear glass cube. The sphere is lighted from above and below
with blue fluorescent lights projecting through a machine-made
fog. Louvers minimize glare and are programmed in a rolling
sequence that makes the sphere appear to slowly rotate. Red
spotlights concealed in the ceiling accent the planets surrounding
the sphere. Additional lighting along a 360-degree ramp that
takes visitors through an exhibit of the 13-billion-year history
of the cosmos adds to the experience. The judges said the
lighting plan "takes an idea and makes a success with
the solution," adding, "its flawless; aesthetically
its a 10." See the August 2000 issue of Architectural
The seven Award of Merit winners were:
Alexander Graham Bell House British
Telecom Regional Headquarters in Edinburgh Scotland,
designed by Jonathan
Speirs and Associates of Edinburgh.
(Pedestrian Bridge) in Innenhafen Duisburg, Nordrhein, Germany,
designed by Stuttgart, Germany-based Architekur Licht Bühne.
Herz Jesu Kirche (Heart of
Jesus Church), in Munich, Germany, designed by George Sexton
Associates of Washington, D.C.
The Millennium Dome in London,
designed by London-based Speirs and Major.
Module VII Chiller Plant, University
of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, designed by Cambridge, Mass.-based
Raleigh-Durham Airport Parking Structure
in Raleigh, N.C., designed by Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting
Design of New York.
San Francisco City Hall designed
by the San Francisco office of Horton
Lees Brogden Lighting Design.
An additional special citation for a unique solution to exterior
lighting was awarded to Anne Militello of Los Angeles-based
Lighting for The New 42nd Street
Studio building in New York City.
Established in 1969, the IALD is an international organization
dedicated to the enhancement of the profession of architectural
lighting design. Based in Chicago and comprising 675 members,
the IALD helps set the global standard for lighting design
excellence. More information is available at www.iald.org.