The Illuminating Engineering Society Announces 2023 Illumination Awards Recipients

The Illuminating Engineering Society Announces 2023 Illumination Awards Recipients
Cathedral Church of St James-Award of Excellence

Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) presented the recipients of the 50th Annual Illumination Awards on Thursday, August 3, during the 2023 IES Annual Conference. Nine projects including two Special Citations, six Awards of Excellence and the coveted Award of Distinction were recognized. Also presented during the evening’s events were the recipients of the 2023 Brandston Award and the Besal Lighting Education Fund 2024 Scholarships. This year’s recipients represent some of the most innovative and inspiring work found anywhere in the world of lighting.

Award of Distinction, awarded for extraordinary achievement in lighting design, was presented to Liska ehf. for their work on the Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral Interior Lighting in Reykjavík, Iceland.

The IES Illumination Awards program recognizes individuals for professionalism, ingenuity, and originality in lighting design based on the individual merit of each entry. Judges are selected from a broad professional spectrum, representing knowledge of lighting and design excellence. The judging system is entirely based on how well the lighting design meets the program criteria. The Illumination Awards program is not a competition.

Awards of Excellence are awarded for an exceptional contribution to the art and science of light and Special Citations are awarded to recognize superior elements for a portion of a project.

The IES congratulates all of the recipients on their dedication to advancing the lighting profession.

About the IES

Established in 1906, the Illuminating Engineering Society is the recognized technical and educational authority on illumination. Our mission is to improve the lighted environment by bringing together those with lighting knowledge and by translating that knowledge into actions that benefit the public. We provide a variety of professional development, publications, networking and educational opportunities to our membership of engineers, architects, designers, educators, students, contractors, distributors, utility personnel, manufacturers and scientists in nearly 60 countries. Through our American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited process, we publish and maintain the Lighting Library®, with over 100 standards written by subject matter experts in our technical committees. In all our efforts, we strive to improve life through quality of light. To learn more about us, visit