2017 Illumination Awards winners have been announced!

Congratulations to our local Award of Merit recipients!

Terwillegar Footbridge Lighting

Designer: Christopher Barr

Company: Stantec Consulting Ltd.

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Aurora Café - Telus World of Science Edmonton

Designer: Josh Bornia

Company: DIALOG

This project transformed a science centre’s institutional concession into a destination café for everything from family fuel ups to date night dining.  The architectural design is elaborate, incorporating ceilings of perforated metal tiles, acoustic tiles, and off-axis floating drywall.  The design required flexibility for events, while maintaining a modest budget.
Designers selected a white colour palette, allowing lighting to bring personality to the café.  Dimmable LED downlights and track lights allow an enjoyable space at any time of day.  Mounted along the edges of the floating drywall ceiling is ~200 feet of programmable RGB cove lighting.  These fixtures magically transform the white café into an adventure through the deep blues and purples of the northern lights.  Pre-programmed lighting shows that reflect seasons or holidays are scheduled.  An auxiliary input can trigger shows through motion, sound, or temperature sensors, further enhancing the café’s spectacle.
In the spirit of discovery, the café window planters demonstrate how different wavelengths affect leafy plants.  The planters are enhanced through LED arrays comprised of red, green, blue, and mint diodes.  Illustrating horticultural practices, the system utilizes an astronomical clock to emit only red and blue spectra required by the plants.  This displays the specimens under a wide range of colour temperatures (2000K to 10000K).  The dynamic light shows in the café synchronise with the flowerbed during events.
Energy conservation was not a priority, but was inherent through the elimination of antiquated MR16 halogen and compact fluorescent sources.  The white colour palette throughout further reduces power densities while increasing luminance.
While the upfront cost of this system is significant, the client was happy to make the investment since rental lighting is no longer required for events.  The attractive, marketable space is available for private functions, with premium custom light shows to match the event.


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 Lighting Control Innovation Award, the Guth Award, the Outdoor Lighting Design Award, the Cutler Award and the Energy and Environmental Design Award are parallel programs created to recognize outstanding lighting design.