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THE AWARDS

The [d]arc awards is a unique concept utilising arc and darc magazines’ reputation as being the most widely read and respected lighting design publications in the world. In collaboration with creative consultants Light Collective, we have created a unique opportunity to get every practice involved in the awards process.

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 1,600 lighting design practices as well as architects and interior designers will be invited to vote on their favourite projects 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 [d]arc awards website becomes a comprehensive online lighting design resource that can be used by designers and clients alike for inspiration.

All winners will be announced at the [d]arc awards virtual event which is due to take place on 29th April, 2021.

“It was a really great evening. Everyone I spoke to said there was a real buzz about the whole event. You certainly shifted the paradigm!”

Mark Major, Speirs + Major

CATEGORIES

BEST EXTERIOR LIGHTING SCHEME

STRUCTURES

BEST INTERIOR LIGHTING SCHEME

PLACES

BEST LANDSCAPE LIGHTING SCHEME

SPACES

BEST LIGHT ART SCHEME

ART

BEST CREATIVE LIGHTING EVENT

EVENT

BEST LIGHTING PRODUCTS

KIT

[d]arc awards has formalised a list of categories that is a reality check to the other award ceremonies!

Structures, PlacesSpaces and Art are project categories that are split into Low and High budget so that smaller projects can compete on a level playing field in every category rather than enter the dreaded ‘Special Project’ category. 2020 sees the addition of the ART Bespoke category which opens the door for more decorative lighting projects to be included.

Event 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).

Kit is for products and these are split into four categories – Interior Architectural Luminaires, Exterior Architectural Luminaires, Decorative Luminaires and Technology (Light Sources or Control/Power Systems).

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“I just wanted to congratulate you on the [d]arc awards last night! The chilled, cool atmosphere is where awards should be.”

David Atkinson, David Atkinson Lighting Design

THE EVENT

The votes have been verified and we are now counting down to the [d]arc awards online event where we will reveal the winners of each category!

Due to the ongoing restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, [d]arc awards is being held online as part of a unique platform allowing interaction between participants all over the world.

The event, which will be hosted on the Swapcard platform, kicks off on Monday 26th April with the winners announced as part of an online ceremony on Thursday 29th April.

On top of revealing the [d]arc awards winners, there will be exclusive interviews with the winners and attendees will also be able to re-watch all of the presentations from the recent [d]arc room livestream event which included over 50 expert speakers covering the latest trends and topics in lighting.

[d]arc awards will once again provide a global platform for the lighting and design community and, with a host of networking features available, the event will be a great opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues, participate in group chats, and even set-up meetings, including 1-2-1 video, perfect for growing your network and interacting with the people you want to meet.

As a bonus, all attendees that register for the online event will get an exclusive invitation to the next physical event which, if all goes well, will be a special [d]arc night party complete with lighting installations from our manufacturer and design partners at the Design London exhibition on the 23rd September.

REGISTER TO ATTEND