UBC Museum of Anthropology and Emily Carr University of Arts and Design were top winners at the 2018 Vision Awards. Both projects took home an Award of Excellence from the Illuminating Engineering Society of British Columbia (IESBC). The UBC Museum of Anthropology by AES Engineering also received IESBC’s Vision Award, while Emily Carr University by WSP Lighting Studio was also recognized with an Award of Merit.
The Vision Awards honour outstanding B.C. lighting designers for their projects. Submissions for the awards open yearly in January. Submissions were judged based on how well the lighting design met the program criteria and it is not a competition. IESBC’s Vision Awards is stage one leading up to IES’s national Illumination Awards, which will be presented on August 9 at the IES Conference in Boston, Massachusetts.
This year’s Award of Merit recipients include Metrotown Parkade Lighting Upgrade (Smith+Andersen), and Vancouver International Airport (WSP Lighting Studio). The Metrotown Parkade Lighting Upgrade project also received the BC Hydro Power Smart Lighting Redesign Award.
“The lighting projects received this year address several challenges with the use of integrated control systems to reduce energy costs, harvest daylight, and reduce light pollution, and is just the beginning of what is to come in the lighting industry,” says Robyn York, IESBC’s chair member and lighting specialist at Inform Contract. “It’s exciting to see what possibilities are evolving in the lighting industry and knowing our local professionals are well versed in the advancements of technology.”