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The People’s Awards


The darc awards is a unique concept utilising mondo*arc and darc magazines’ reputation as being the most widely read and respected lighting design publications in the world.

With our database of over 1,400 international lighting design practices (as well as interior designers and architects) and, in collaboration with creative consultants Light Collective, we have created a unique opportunity to get every practice involved in the awards process.

We have formalised a list of categories that is a reality check to the other award ceremonies! Each category (Structures, Places, Spaces and Art) is split into Low and High budget (over £30,000 on luminaires) so that the smaller projects can compete on a level playing field in every category rather than enter the dreaded ‘Special Project’ category.

We have opened it up so that anyone can enter (lighting designers, architects, interior designers or manufacturers), but here’s the exciting bit – once the shortlist has been chosen by an international jury of independent architectural lighting designers, each of the 1,400+ lighting design practices and their designers will be invited to vote on their favourite projects via our specially developed darc awards website. One designer, one vote (you can’t vote for yourself, that would be silly!), making this the only truly peer-to-peer lighting design awards in the world.

All the projects and the companies who have submitted them will be present on the website so that, over time, the darc awards website becomes a comprehensive online lighting design resource that can be used by designers and clients alike for inspiration.

There are also three architectural lighting product categories (interior / exterior / tech) that will follow the same philosophy resulting in a comprehensive online database. The products will also be voted on by the lighting design community so the winners will be a true reflection of what the lighting designers like. There are no dodgy deals with advertising managers and heads of magazines at the darc awards!

“Having been involved in many lighting awards programs over many years, this is a great opportunity to build on all of those experiences and to create a different version of celebrating the best of lighting design.”

Martin Lupton & Sharon Stammers, Light Collective
darc awards creative consultants

The Categories


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STRUCTURES
EXTERIOR

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PLACES
INTERIOR

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SPACES
LANDSCAPE

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ART
LIGHT ART

EVENT
LIGHTING EVENT

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KIT
PRODUCT

We have formalised a list of categories that is a reality check to the other award ceremonies!

Each category (Structures, Places, Spaces and Art) is split into Low and High budget (over £30,000 on luminaires) so that the smaller projects can compete on a level playing field in every category rather than enter the dreaded ‘Special Project’ category.

Event (Best Creative Lighting Event) is a NEW addition to this year’s awards. It refers to any temporary event or temporary collection of installations where the main medium of expression is light (such as festivals of light, workshops or guerrilla lighting events). Events should be entered by the event organisers. There is no Low or High Budget option in this category.

Kit (products) is split into two categories – Interior Architectural Luminaire and Exterior Architectural Luminaires.

darc night


darc night will take place at MC Motors, an Aladdins Cave of props and surprising spaces, in Dalston, London on September 14th, 2017.

This will be an atmospheric party in a unique venue in London. Imagine light art, street food, lighting installations… this breaks all the awards rules and will be unlike any other awards ceremony to date. What’s more, there’s a free bar!

“The darc awards concept is excellent because the projects will be assessed by a wide group of international independent lighting designers and established light artists. This will reflect a truly global opinion.”

Nick Hoggett, Partner, DPA Lighting Consultants

Entry Criteria



Anyone can enter an award, but wherever possible we strongly recommend that the principal lighting designer, interior designer or architect responsible for the lighting scheme compiles the entry.

For a project to be eligible for the darc awards it must have been completed after May 31st 2016 and before May 31st 2017. For a product to be eligible for the darc awards it must have been launched after May 31st 2016 and before May 31st 2017.

The Judging Process



Here’s the really exciting bit! Once the entries have been shortlisted by a panel of international lighting designers, it’s over to you!

In the first ever peer-to-peer system for a lighting design awards, every independent architectural lighting designer and light artist will be encouraged to vote online for their favourite lighting schemes (and no, you can’t vote for your own!). It will be the Oscars of the lighting design profession!