In a first for an awards programme in the built environment, the Lighting Design Awards is introducing live judging. A number of selected entrants in the project categories will be assessed and critiqued by the judges in what organisers are calling “a new benchmark in transparency” for a competition of this type.
Anyone, anywhere in the world, can stream the deliberations in real time and watch and listen as the judges question finalists and cogitate on possible winners. They can even supply suggestions, questions and comments of their own to the judging panel during the process, allowing maximum engagement and participation.
“We are proud that the Lighting Design Awards has always maintained the highest possible standards and that it has always been a leader,” said Ray Molony, chairman of the judging panel (right). “The introduction of live judging is another innovation that we believe will increase transparency, engagement and credibility.”
The entrants will present their lighting design concept and its execution during the live judging and then face critiquing by the panel of judges, all highly experienced lighting design professionals.
A new ‘supercategory’ for the Global Project of the Year is being introduced in the Lighting Design Awards for 2018, with a shortlist selected from all entries to all nine project categories. It is designed to reward a scheme of outstanding creativity, high ambition and world-class execution.
“In the past it wasn’t always possible for the judging team to signal a project of true exceptionalism,” said Molony. “The Global Project of the Year allows us to do just that in 2018. Whoever wins this in its augural year will justifiably be able to claim a work of a world-beating standard.”
The winners will be announced at the prestigious black-tie presentations ceremony at the London Hilton on Thursday 3 May 2018 before a 800-strong audience of lighting designers and architects. In 2017, the keynote speaker was the architect Daniel Libeskind.
Above: The Szczecin Philharmonic Hall in Poland was the winner in the Community and Public Realm category of the Lighting Design Awards last year.