May 23, 2013
The 2013 Illumination Awards IES New England (Boston and Rhode Island Section) was another spectacular success. Last year we hosted a memorable party at Boston The Taj Hotel. This year we increased the stakes and landed the event at the exclusive Ritz-Carlton in Boston.
240 of New England’s most influential Lighting Design Professionals gathered to honor and celebrate the work of our peers and to network in what is now considered the most important event in the region.
This year’s event was a success thanks to many helping hands, but specially:
Kristin McKenna-Beale (our section Secretary) who was the engine behind this event.
Ben Koyle and Ira Rothman (who coordinated the awards presentation)
Clyde Robinson (our President), Evelyn Audet (Board Member from Rhode Island) and Collin Thomas (Emerging Professional) who assisted with reading the program.
Along with this team, Nichole Gassien (our Web Master and Technology Wizard) helped to prepare all the literature, Matt Collins (our trusted and reliable IES section Treasurer)
Our presidential sponsor this year was Philips Lighting. They showed their support to our organization not only with their sponsorship, but by having a strong presence in the event.
The event was entertained generously by Juno Lighting (who sponsored the reception).
Vanguard Lighting and Hubbell became the Vocational Sponsors this year.
Cooper Lighting kindly sponsored the Photography (great job).
Omnilite (with the generosity of John Cucco) sponsored the Wine for the dinner. This is the second year in a row we receive this honor from John and his team.
Finally, my own Designers Lighting Forum decided to sponsor the after party. Not only did they sponsor the DJ (my friend Rachell Rozenkratz, but they added extra cocktails to liven the night before we had to leave to ballroom).
In addition to these sponsors, JESCO Lighting Group (Rene Cohen), added a Gold Sponsorship to the night.
The reception was a blast with the now traditional red carpet.
Three students were awarded with First ($1,000), Second ($750) and Third ($500) place for our Student Competition.
1st- Eman Bawazir, New England School of Art and Design
2nd- Elizabeth Spatola, Boston Architectural College
3rd- Sarah Whalen, New England School of Art and Design
This year we honored Rick Paradis from ENERNOC (our IES regional VP) with an honorary award recognition. He has truly been one of the pillars of our organization.
These are some of the winners:
Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design
Langham Hotel Lobby – Boston
Marriott Long Wharf – Boston
Prellwitz Chilinski Associates
Curry Student Center Dining Area at Northeastern University – Boston
Abernathy Lighting Design, Inc.
The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples
Project 161 Exchange Street Lobby Wall – Providence
Esker Foundation Gallery
Jones Lang LaSalle Philadelphia Office
Steffian Bradley Architects
Financial Services Office Interiors
Baystate Medical Center/Hospital of the Future
Anna Jaques Hospital – Medical Surgical unit
Evelyn Audet Lighting Design
Tarbox Toyota – MA
Flint Hills Discovery Center
Robert G and Helen C Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center
Harvard Graduate School of Education Gutman Library Renovation
HMFH Architects, Inc.
Chrita McAuliffe Elementary School
Tufts University Collaborative Genome Cluster- MA
UMASS Memorial Healthcare H1 Imaging Department – MA
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Sports & Recreation Center – MA
Brody Learning Commons at Johns Hopkins University
Grousbeck Center for Students and Technology at Perkins
J. Michael Ruane Justice Center- MA
Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting Design
Hanover Inn at Darmouth College
Forrester Research- Boston
Claire T. Carney Library at UMASS Darmouth – MA
University Dining Commons at Fox Hall, UMASS – Lowell
Corbu Spa and Salon at Charles Hotel
Whittier Street Health Center
Ripman Lighting Consultants
Equity Company Office
Newburyport Inn Street Re-Lighting-MA
The Earl of Sandwich- Boston
Newton North High School – MA
Boston University – Marciano Commons and Center of Student Services
Financial Company Offices
The dinner was exquisite and everyone enjoyed meeting with peers and friends.
At the end of the night, everyone had an opportunity to continue the celebration listening to French DJ “La Rochelle”.
Next year celebration will promise to be another great hit.