Fifteen award winners representing architectural lighting design projects from seven countries were honored at the 29th Annual International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) Awards Ceremony, held on May 10 in Las Vegas. Of the 15 projects recognized, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Lantern of Hope was among the six that earned an Award of Excellence.
Positioned at the entry of the new oncology center, the Lantern’s vivid, uniform glow serves as a beacon of hope and a symbol of the hospital’s steadfast commitment to the eradication of cancer. The panels cladding the structure—cut to represent the canopy of the Palo Verde or “nurse” tree—filter dappled sunlight to the entry and balconies through a fabric scrim by day, and are backlit by grazing the fabric with light to create an inspiring visual icon at night.
“Whilst color can often be over utilized, here it is used in a subtle and appropriate way,” praised one of the design jurors. “The skilled execution and the design composition of silhouette lighting of the vertical tower and the even wash of the horizontal awning create a beautiful image of the building.”
The IALD International Lighting Design Awards program honors lighting design that reaches new heights, moves beyond the ordinary and represents excellence in aesthetic and technical design achievement. Only those projects demonstrating consistent design quality and technical expertise receive award recognition.
Sara Schonour, LC, Associate IALD, LEED AP, CDT, was the lighting designer for the Lantern of Hope. With a degree in Architectural Engineering and a focus in Lighting Design from Penn State University, Sara’s keen understanding of architectural design, building systems and light has allowed her to seamlessly integrate with both the design and engineering teams at the firm. Sara holds both a Lighting Certified (LC) appellation from the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions, as well as a CDT certification from the Construction Specifications Institute.
Congrats to Sara, David Polzin, Jonathan Wirth, Andrew Gilles, Matt Forman and the entire Banner team!
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