Award for Education


The intent is to recognise the individual / institution who/that has made a significant impact in the field of Architectural Lighting Design through the installation and execution of an education programme or education initiatives to raise the quality of education and/or further the recognition of qualified professionals.

Paul Schmits: For his dedicated efforts to establish and develop the Bachelor programme in Lighting Design at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hildesheim/DE, where he has shared his understanding of light, space and the impact of light, as well as encouraging students to consider embarking on research.

Dr. Jemima Unwin: For her theory + practice approach to lighting education that she has introduced and developed in her role as Programme Leader for the MSc in Light and Lighting at The Bartlett, UCL in London/UK.

The Lighting Institute: For the effort that has been made by the founders of TLI to offer high-quality education courses, thus connecting the lighting community and enabling the healthy development of the profession. Having realised these initial goals successfully in a first phase, the team is planning to extend their international contacts and collaborations for further effect.

Craig Bernecker: For the active role he plays in Lighting Design education through The Lighting Education Institute (founded in 2002), which focuses on lighting education for professionals in the lighting and buildings industry, and for his commitment as a professor in Lighting Design at Parsons The New School for Design in NYC and his efforts to introduce a Lighting education programme at Parsons Paris.

The Laboratory of Integrated Performance in Design, LIPID: for their project-based approach to enable students of the L’Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) to gain a perspective of linking building performance aspects with architectural design implications. Their work is based on simulations and experimental work, aiming to provide new models and methods to enrich the designer’s toolset.