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Lighting Design Award winners announced

Over 700 people gathered at the London Hilton, Park Lane on Wednesday 21st March to celebrate a decade of design at this year’s Lighting Design Awards.

The big award of the night was undeniably Design Practice of the Decade, introduced to celebrate 10 years of the event in its present format.

The accolade went to lighting design practice Speirs + Major, described by this year’s judges as “an iconic global lighting design practice that has helped greatly to guide and shape the world of lighting design”.

Founded in 1992 by Jonathan Speirs and Mark Major, two trained architects, the practice now employs over 30 people across a range of disciplines including art, interior design, lighting, graphic design and theatre.

“Speirs and Major are deserving recipients of this award in recognition of all their fantastic projects over the past decade. The diversity, standard of work and professionalism has done much to raise the profile of lighting design,” said the judges.

Mark Major said of the win: “We are really honoured to have received this award. We don’t take these things for granted. As we have seen tonight there are a lot of great lighting designers producing a lot of great schemes out there so we know what it means to be singled out like this. It is therefore a privilege to accept this award on behalf of everyone who has contributed to Speirs + Major, and to the amazing projects we have been lucky enough to work on, over the past 10 years.”

It was also a successful night for Sutton Vane’s Michael Grubb, who walked away with the award for Lighting Designer of the Year. Grubb has had a stellar year in the profession after being appointed to a team of Learning Legacy Ambassadors for the London Olympics, as well as completing a number of significant projects including: Cathedral Square, Peterborough, winner in this year’s Exterior category and the A11 underpass in Lea, which was highly commended in the Low Carbon category.

“Michael Grubb has worked hard for the lighting industry over the last 12 months and has contributed to a number of significant schemes, including his work on the Olympics, and is a thoroughly deserving recipient of this award,” said the judges.

The trophies were evenly spread in the remaining categories but Cinimod Studio was toasting a particularly successful evening after scooping both the Special Projects category and the Small Retail Award.

This year the project judging panel travelled over 8,500 miles visiting lighting schemes across Britian. In a first for the event, the Awards team also offset the carbon emissions of the judging process, choosing to invest in renewable power generation projects around the world.

After the awards were presented it was on to the aftershow party. This year, in keeping with the event’s retro’ theme, guests raced against each other on a giant Scalextric. They were also invited to gamble for a good cause at a casino organised in aid of the Thomas Pocklington Trust. The Lighting Design Awards team was also grateful to Cinimod Studio for providing its Four States interactive artwork which captivated guests at the post-ceremony party.

Winners 2012

Lighting Controls
Sponsored by Lutron     
Winner: Ex – Or - Project: BattenFit Sensor

Light Sources
Sponsor: Toshiba Information Systems 
Winner: Philips - Project: Master LED Designer Bulb 7W

Interior Luminaires
Sponsor: Corrigan Bentley Technical       
Winner: Nualight - Project: Zest

External Luminaires
Winner: iGuzzini - Project: Lun-up design Dean Skira

Exterior Lighting
Winner: Sutton Vane Associates - Project: Cathedral Square, Peterborough      

Sponsor: Havells Sylvania            
Winner: DPA Lighting Design - Project: Worth Abbey Church

Hotels and Restaurants
Sponsor: Helvar
Winner: Maurice Brill Lighting Design - Project:  W Hotel, Leicester Square, London

Large Retail
Sponsor: Reggiani Lighting         
Winner: Isometrix Lighting - Project: Roca London Gallery

Small Retail
Sponsor: Reggiani Lighting         
Winner: Cinimod Studio - Project: Butterfly in Flight ( Terminal 5)

Lighting for Leisure
Sponsor: Lutron               
Winner: Lighting Design International - Project: ESPA Life at Corinthia Hotel

Low Carbon
Sponsor: Ex-Or by Honeywell     
Winner: BDP Lighting - Project: PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP – 7 More London Development

Public Buildings
Sponsor: OMS
Winner: DHA Design - Project: Atmosphere Gallery, Science Museum

Workplace Lighting
Sponsor: WILA Lighting
Winner: Light Bureau - Project: Bupa Wellness Centre

Special Projects
Sponsor: Siteco: An Osram Business       
Winner: Cinimod Studio - Project: DJ Light

Winner: Arup - Project: The Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge

International Project (interiors)
Sponsor: Oldham Lighting          
Winner: Licht Kunst Licht AG - Project: Columbarium “Liebfrauenkirche”, Dortmund

International Project (exteriors)
Sponsor: ACDC 
Winner: Daglicht & Vorm - Project: Broken Light

Lighting Designer of the Year
Sponsor: Philips Lighting              
Winner: Sutton Vane Associates - Mr Michael Grubb

Design Practice of the Decade
Sponsor: Nualight          
Winner: Speirs + Major

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