Lighting done well shields the complexities behind its astounding results. Now in its 16th year, the AL Light & Architecture Design Awards continues its mission of showcasing compelling projects that exemplify masterful design, integration, and implementation; leverage advances in light source technology and controls to minimize energy usage; and uplift users and their surrounding communities.

Of the 113 projects submitted worldwide to this year’s program, the jury recognized nine in the categories of whole building lighting, exterior lighting, interior lighting, and exhibition lighting and temporary installations. “You couldn’t just hit the mark on one or two things,” said juror Rachel Fitzgerald. “You have to align all the parts and pieces to come out on top.” Though many contenders demonstrated great execution, noted juror Rebecca Ho-Dion, “this group of nine were also memorable.”

2019 AL Light & Architecture Design Awards Jury

Rachel Fitzgerald
Courtesy Stantec Rachel Fitzgerald

Rachel Fitzgerald, IALD, MIES, LEED AP BD+C
Senior lighting designer and associate, Stantec, Denver
Fitzgerald is an award-winning designer who is passionate about the power of quality lighting. She is a leading expert on how lighting and daylighting drive health and well-being, such as her net-zero energy designs for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory Research Support Facilities, where the lighting design supports occupants’ natural circadian rhythms.

Trevor Godinho

Rebecca Ho-Dion, Assoc. IALD, MIES, LEED AP
Lighting design director, ALULA Lighting Design, Toronto
With more than 15 years of experience in architectural engineering, Ho-Dion uses her specialized education and passion for art and design to blend technical skills with design sensitivity that bridge the gap between art and science. An active member of the Toronto lighting design community, volunteering on the IES Toronto Section committee and as the Canadian region coordinator for the IALD.

Dave McCarroll
Courtesy KGM Architectural Lighting Dave McCarroll

Dave McCarroll, AIA, IALD
Partner and chief financial officer, Kaplan Gehring McCarroll Architectural Lighting, Los Angeles
With a decade of experience as an architect prior to joining KGM, McCarroll brings a creative problem-solving approach to lighting design, challenging predictable ideals, but using them when appropriate. With this approach, Dave has collaborated on an array of award-winning projects globally with internationally renowned architects. His technical expertise has been invaluable in his ability to incorporate innovative lighting solutions that align with the architect's vision.