GE Consumer & Industrial has issued a call for entries for the 24th Annual GE Edison Award competition. Through the competition, GE recognizes excellence and quality in professional lighting designs that employ the significant use of GE lamps.
The GE Edison Award competition is open to professional designers, architects, engineers, and consultants. Entries are judged on the following criteria: functional excellence; architectural compatibility; effective use of state–of–the–art lighting products and techniques; appropriate color, form and texture revelation; energy effectiveness and cost effectiveness.
Projects scoring the highest number of points will qualify to receive Awards of Merit or Awards of Excellence. The GE Edison Award Winner is selected from among the Awards of Excellence. Awards for Sustainable Design are given to those projects that demonstrate exemplary, sustainable lighting design. These designs, while providing high quality lighting, should minimize the use of energy, maximize the use of daylighting, avoid skyward illumination and ensure system durability and maintainability.
The Award for Residential Lighting Design—a new category added in 2005—is judged on the same criteria mentioned above and presented to the project that best exemplifies excellence in lighting design within a residential application.
All entrants will be invited to an awards ceremony, which will take place Monday, May 7, 2007 in New York, NY on the evening prior to the opening of LightFair International. At that time, designers who have been designated as winners of Awards of Excellence, Awards of Merit, Awards for Sustainable Design, and the Award for Residential Design will be recognized with personalized plaques acknowledging their lighting design achievements.
The identity of the 2006 GE Edison Award Winner will remain confidential until announced at the Awards ceremony. The winner will receive a personalized Steuben crystal trophy and continued publicity throughout the following year. A distinctive plaque will also be presented to the owner of the winning installation. All lighting projects, submitted for award consideration, must have been completed between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2006. Entries must be received by January 10, 2007. For more information about the GE Edison Awards visit www.GEEdisonAward.com.
Last year, the 2005 GE Edison Award was awarded to Dennis Vogel, Keith Irtenkauf, and Sonia Noble of Illuminating Concepts for their lighting design for The Guardian Building renovation in Detroit, MI. The building is one of the most significant and striking Art Deco skyscrapers in the world. An extensive renovation returned this landmark building to its original glory and prominence on the Detroit skyline.