The New York City Section of the IES (IESNYC) has announced the 14 winners of the 53rd Annual Lumen Awards. Three projects received a Lumen Award of Excellence, seven received Awards of Merit, and four received Citations.

A Lumen Award of Excellence is the highest level of recognition for permanent architectural application. This year, three projects and their designers were honored – Waterline Club at Waterline Square, Saint Thomas Church, and Fotografiska New York.

Waterline Club at Waterline Square, New York, NY
Focus Lighting – Stephanie Daigle, Brett Andersen, Andrew Leslie, Hilary Manners, and Zackry Weigand

The design intent for the city’s largest private indoor amenity space was to illuminate the sweeping volumes and sculptural forms using circadian rhythms as a guide by shifting the color temperature throughout the day. The lighting was integrated into the architecture to create an organic, and variable lighting scheme.

Saint Thomas Church, New York, NY
Renfro Design Group – Richard Renfro, Sarah Randall, Silvia Mazzarri, Fabio Tuchiya, and Jenny Stafford

The approach for the relighting of this landmarked church pays homage to the beauty and awe of this Gothic Revival sacred space while providing the benefits of new technologies, reduced maintenance, improved efficiency. With over 80 different zones of light and as many programmed scenes, the new lighting is flexible enough to meet all program requirements.

Fotografiska New York, New York, NY
Kugler Ning Lighting – Jerry Kugler, Michele Clement, Yungbin Kim, Damian VanCamp, Terry Nelson, and Chandej (Joe) Nakalertkavee

The landmarked Renaissance Revival Church Missions House has been adaptively reused as a photography museum. The use of low-profile façade lighting unifies the stone exterior and frames the interior spaces, from the ground floor bookshop and café to the second-floor restaurant and galleries above with LED fixtures, individually selected for optical control and high color rendering.

A Lumen Award of Merit is given in recognition for a meritorious permanent architectural application and this year, seven were awarded – Zero Bond, The David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Samuel De Champlain Bridge, MCC Theater, Hony Capital Shenzhen Headquarters, Financial Services NYC Flagship, and Daniel Patrick Moynihan Train Hall.

A Lumen Citation is given in recognition for an art installation, technical detail, portion of a single project, temporary installation, or other work, and this year, four projects were awarded – Enoch Pratt Free Library, The Shed, The Prow at WarnerMedia HQ, and OPEN.

All submissions were reviewed and selected by the 2021 Lumen Award Jury: Felicia A. Berger, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Ennead Architects; Craig A. Bernecker, PH.D, LC, FIESNA, Professor of Lighting Design and Director of the Masters of Fine Arts in Lighting Design, Parsons School of Design, The New School; Susan Brady, IALD, MIES, Founder and Principal, SBLD Studio; Enrique Garcia-Carrera, IALD, LEED AP BD+C, MIES, Associate Principal, Fisher Marantz Stone; Rachel Gibney, LC, ASSOC. IALD, MIES, Senior Associate, Available Light; Randy Reid, MIES, Publisher and Editor, Edison Report and Editor, designing lighting (dl); and Matt Rolfert, MIES Lighting Project Manager, Cosentini Associates.

“Though just a small number of truly masterful projects are elevated, the Lumen Awards program celebrates our entire lighting design community,” says Clara Powell, LC, MIES, Regional Sales Manager, Cooledge Lighting and Adrienne Shulman, LC, MIES, Regional Sales Manager, ERCO Lighting, Co-Chairs of the Lumen Committee. “The IESNYC embraces passion, extraordinary effort, and resourcefulness in lighting, wherever they’re found. This year, that embrace means more than ever and it’s our pleasure to celebrate the 2021 Lumen Awards projects and recipients.”

Click here to see all of this year’s winners.