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LIT LIGHTING DESIGN AWARDS: ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING DESIGN 

The LIT Design Awards ™ was created to recognize the efforts of talented international lighting product designers and lighting implementers. We believe that lighting is both an art and a science, and it is one of the most important elements of design. The LIT Awards was envisioned to celebrate creativity and innovation in the fields of lighting products and applications.

Lighting plays a crucial role in shaping the mood and ambiance of a space, and can be used to highlight and draw attention to key architectural features. Architectural lighting is a multidisciplinary field that involves the integration of lighting, electrical, and mechanical systems, as well as design principles, to create a visually pleasing and functional environment that enhances the human experience. The Architectural Lighting Design of the Year Award is a recognition of the significant role that lighting plays in the success of architectural design.


 

ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING DESIGN OF THE YEAR – PROFESSIONAL

The Architectural Lighting Design of the Year Award recognizes the people and practices striving towards excellence in lighting design implementation and application. The lighting director, architect, electrical engineer, interior designer, landscape architect, urban planner, etc., each creates the mood and ambiance of space with their lighting implementation. There would be no architectural, interior design, or landscape design achievements without the right lighting – which is the reason we want to recognize this essential part of the design process through the LIT Awards.

 

The Architectural Lighting Design of the Year recipient will receive the coveted LIT Awards Trophy, the project will be showcased to a global audience, be featured in the LIT Awards annual Book of Design, and be given the opportunity to share more of their vision and project in winner’s interviews. Additionally, the winning lighting design implementer will be promoted in a newsletter to 100,000 lighting and design professionals and potential clients worldwide, receive coverage on our website throughout the year, and critical acclaim by our distinguished panel of judges. Other benefits included:

 

  • Inclusion in the winning media campaign, targeting industry professionals and potential clients worldwide
  • Feature in the LIT Awards newsletter sent to over 100,000 design professionals, and leading architectural and interior design firms
  • All-year-round profile in the LIT Awards online architecture directory, making it easier for clients to find and contact your company
  • A digital Winner Certificate and a badge of  achievement – to add to your professional signature and throughout your printed material

 


 

EMERGING ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING DESIGNER OF THE YEAR – STUDENT

Students and young designers are encouraged to apply, for a chance to be awarded the title of Emerging Lighting Designer of the year. This prize is awarded to the student who has demonstrated devotion to elevating the art of Lighting Design.
The recipient will receive the coveted LIT Awards trophy and a cash prize of CHF 1,000.00, the project will be showcased to a global audience, be featured in the LIT Awards annual Book of Design, and be given the opportunity to share more of their vision and project in winner’s interviews. Other benefits included:
  • Inclusion in the winning media campaign, targeting industry professionals and potential clients worldwide
  • Feature in the LIT Awards newsletter sent to over 100,000 design professionals, and leading architectural and interior design firms
  • All-year-round profile in the LIT Awards online architecture directory, making it easier for clients to find and contact your company
  • A digital Winner Certificate and a badge of  achievement – to add to your professional signature and throughout your printed material
Thanks to our partner the “Silhouette Awards (SA)“, the “Emerging Lighting Designer of the Year” will receive 6 months of mentorship by one of the esteemed SA judge Mentors to enhance their skill set, progress their career ambitions, and add real value to the creativity of the industry, raising the bar for talent to steer and lead the industry in years to come.

 


CATEGORIES:

  • Agricultural Lighting
  • Ambient Lighting
  • Artisan Glass Blown Lighting
  • Bar and Restaurant Lighting Design
  • Bridges and Public infrastructures Lighting
  • Community Building Lighting
  • Conceptual Designs-Projects in Development
  • Cultural Building Lighting Design (NEW)
  • Daylighting
  • Energy Saving Lighting Systems
  • Exterior Architectural Illumination
  • Fashion Design Lighting
  • Healthcare Lighting Design
  • Heritage Lighting Design
  • Horticultural Lighting Design
  • Hotel Lighting Design
  • Industrial Building Lighting Design
  • Interior Architectural Illumination
  • Landscape Lighting Design
  • LED Exterior Lighting Design
  • LED Interior Lighting Design
  • Low Carbon Lighting
  • Public Building Lighting Design (NEW)
  • Religious & Spiritual Site Lighting Design (NEW)
  • Residential Lighting Design
  • Retails Lighting Design (NEW)
  • Spectrum Lighting
  • Street Lighting Design
  • Visitor Experience & Museum Exhibition
  • Workplace Lighting Design
  • Other Lighting Designs (NEW)

 

SUBMISSION DETAILS

Entries can be submitted as conceptual designs, in progress, or as completed projects. The only restriction is that entries or completed projects must be no more than 5 years old. Submissions can be made as a Professional or as a Student.

Winners are chosen based on a single project – not for a body of work.

Download our LIT Awards Entry Guide 2023, read all about the registration process and benefits of joining the LIT Lighting Design Awards.

ELIGIBILITY

The LIT Design Awards competition is open to anyone aged 18+ residing anywhere in the world. Professional entries will be judged against other professionals and student entries against other students.

For more information please check the FAQ page.

JUDGING CRITERIA

The evaluation process for entries to the LIT Lighting Design Awards is based on various judging criteria that are constantly adapted to new technical, social, economic, and ecological requirements. These criteria are not comprehensive and not all criteria are applicable to each product. They simply provide an orientation framework and basis for judging, which is complemented by each individual juror’s expertise and socio-cultural background.

Each member of the Jury is passionately committed to providing a fair evaluation. Jury members are assigned categories based on their specific background and expertise. All projects are viewed and judged randomly and anonymously to ensure unbiased and fair judging.

The judging criteria include the following:

  • Innovation — does the product provide something new to the market or supplement/improve an existing product?
  • Aesthetics — form, shape, color, texture, finishing, the material used, etc.
  • Functionality — ease of use, safety, maintenance, etc.
  • Ergonomics — the product’s interaction with the user
  • Durability — the quality and longevity of the design
  • Impact — the benefit delivered to the user and/or society by the product
  • Utility — does the product meet the intended purpose and needs of the user?
  • Ecological compatibility — potential environmental and/or ecological impact
  • The reality of production — how realistic is it, technically and economically, to develop and market this product large scale?
  • Emotional quotient — in addition to fulfilling its practical purpose, does the product create a sense of enjoyment, satisfaction?

SCORING BOARD

The LIT Lighting Design Awards use a Scoring System between 10-100 points.

ENTRY FEES: LIT DESIGN AWARDS 2023

  • Professional CHF 220 incl. VAT ( approx: US$240)
    Same Product in additional categories at a 50% discount
  • Student CHF 100  incl. VAT ( approx: US$110)
    Same Product in additional categories at a 50% discount

No Further Fees: Unlike some other design awards and competitions, there are no further fees for winning the award and everything listed in the winner’s benefits will be provided free of charge.

DEADLINES: LIT DESIGN AWARDS 2023

  • Open – January 2023
  • 10% Early Bird discount until April 24th, 2023
  • 5% Extended Early Bird discount until July, 15th, 2023
  • Regular Deadline: September 2nd, 2023
  • Final Deadline: September 30th (10% late fee applies) till October 22nd, 2023
  • The program will close on October 22nd, 2023

SUBMIT NOW


All entries are voted on by a grand jury panel composed of experienced and prominent academics, professionals, press members, entrepreneurs and key people from the lighting design industry.

Eleftheria Deko – LIT Lighting Design of the Year 2021 – Photography by Gavriil Papadiotis, Ioanna Paka


ABOUT THE LIT LIGHTING DESIGN AWARDS

LIT Lighting Design Awards is the sibling Award of  SIT Furniture Design Award (SIT), FIT Sport Design Awards (FIT), all focusing on Product Esthetic, Concepts & Enhancement, which have emerged as some of the most well-known Design Awards today.

The LIT Design Award is a program under the 3C Awards, a leading organization curating and promoting design across the globe. The company represents today’s diversity and innovation in Lighting Design, Furniture Design, Sport Design, Interior Design, and Architecture. Each brand is a symbol of design excellence around the world, showcasing Professional and Emerging designers’ work to over 100 expert jury members.

Developed by Hossein Farmani and Astrid Hébert, 3C Awards is part of a larger organization 3C GROUP based in Switzerland and specialized in Awards, Marketing, Media, and Events. 3C Group is a sister company to Farmani Group, founded by Hossein Farmani. Farmani Group is a leading organization curating and promoting photography, design, and architecture across the globe since 1985.

3C awards is part of Three C Group GmbH, a Swiss-registered company based in Grabenstrasse 15a, 6340 Baar, Switzerland. More information is available on: www.3Cawards.com