For the 19th annual ARCHITECT Light & Architecture Design Awards, jurors Lauren Dandridge, Andrew Franz, AIA, and Richard Southwick, FAIA, parsed through a pool of nearly 50 diverse entries to select 10 winning projects in four categories: whole building, exterior, interior, and exhibition and installations.

The honorees range from a history-rich theater in London to a digitally advanced mall in Wuhan, China, exemplifying lighting design that works in symbiosis with both its surrounding architecture and community. Whether sensitive to period details, workspace needs, or the latest in sustainable LED technology, this class of winners serves as both a beacon to the profession and a testament to the artistry of lighting design.

2023 Light & Architecture Design Awards Jury

Lauren Dandridge
Chromatic, Los Angeles
Lauren Dandridge, LC is a 17-year veteran of the lighting industry with a portfolio of award-winning projects across the country. She is principal of Chromatic, a lighting design firm that promotes lighting quality and equality for all communities while pursuing intelligent and beautiful design. Lauren is also an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California where she teaches Architectural Lighting Design. Her students have gone on to successful lighting careers in prominent lighting design firms across the country. She is an associate member of NOMA, a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, and regularly lectures for local design schools, industry events and symposia, and CEU presentations for architectural firms.

Andrew Franz, AIA
Andrew Franz Architect, New York
Andrew Franz founded Andrew Franz Architect in 2003 to pursue the twin goals of design excellence and client collaboration. Andrew believes design should engage and elicit a response in the user through careful consideration of light, materiality, craft, and proportion while linking spaces to their context and the natural environment. Since the firm’s founding, Andrew has advanced a portfolio of award-winning residential, cultural, and commercial projects. His designs for the Fire Island House, the East End House, Hill Office, and Tribeca Loft have received multiple awards. His work has been published in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Interior Design, The Architect’s Newspaper, Dwell, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Andrew attended Carnegie Mellon University and the Cite Universitaire in Paris before graduating with honors from the University of Wisconsin. Andrew is a member of The American Institute of Architects and a LEED accredited professional.

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Richard Southwick, FAIA
Beyer Blinder Belle, New York
Richard Southwick is inspired by the time-honored qualities of historical design, materials, and craftsmanship, and has dedicated his career to finding new life for older structures. A specialist in preservation, Richard has guided the revitalization of many of New York's most celebrated historical buildings and sites, as well as international sites of cultural significance. Much of his work involves civic and institutional projects that provide lasting and meaningful public benefit. Richard, a self-proclaimed Modernist at heart, has developed a particular expertise in restoring modern landmarks at New York City’s metropolitan airports including the TWA Flight Center, the Marine Air Terminal at LaGuardia Airport, and the Art Moderne Administration Building at Newark Airport. A strong advocate for preservation both within and outside of the firm, Richard serves as a mentor to staff and shares his professional knowledge in the service of civic groups including the New York City Historic House Trust, the Save Ellis Island Foundation, and Preservation New Jersey. Notable clients and projects include the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Collection, The Morgan Library & Museum, New York City Hall, the U.S. Capitol, the National Park Service, Longwood Gardens, and the Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp, Belgium.