Honoring BC’s Best Lighting Designers
Vision Awards

This spring, the Illuminating Engineering Society British Columbia Section (IESBC) honored its 2018 Vision Awards recipients, showcasing outstanding BC lighting designers and their projects. "The lighting projects received this year address several challenges with the use of integrated control systems to reduce energy costs, harvest daylight, and reduce light pollution, and is just the beginning of what is to come in the lighting industry," said Robyn York, IESBC’s Illumination Awards chair. "It’s exciting to see what possibilities are evolving in the lighting industry and knowing our local professionals are well versed in the advancements of technology."

All the lighting designers recognized also entered into international consideration as part of the IES Illumination Awards program. Submissions were judged based on how well the lighting design met the program criteria; the IA program is not a competition.

UBC Museum of Anthropology

Doug McMillan and Andy Su of AES Engineering received the evening’s top award, the IESBC Vision Award, for the UBC Museum of Anthropology. This gallery uses a "softbox" perimeter lighting system that emulates the changing light conditions found throughout the primarily daylit museum. (See more details in "Tunable White in Non-Health Applications: Three Case Studies and 1000 Possibilities")

Metrotown Parkade Lighting Upgrade

Dugan Doherty of Smith + Andersen received the BC Hydro Power Smart Lighting Redesign Award for the Metrotown Parkade Lighting Upgrade. This 1.5 million sqft LED lighting retrofit – one-to-one replacement of HPS – has already led to an average monthly energy savings of 44%, 3.2 GWh/yr. The lights operate on a wireless mesh network. They have a high-end trim during normal operations and are dimmed significantly during vacant periods; above-ground luminaires incorporate daylight harvesting.

Michael Graham, Ellie Niakan and Ken Roepe of WSP Canada were also recognized for their lighting design work.


Operating for more than 60 years, the IES British Columbia Section, a local organization of the Illuminating Engineering Society, is a volunteer run, not-for-profit technical society dedicated to promoting the art and science of lighting throughout the region. Known as the go-to community for the newest lighting codes and regulations, IESBC provides an environment for sharing knowledge and ideas to advance the career paths of all its members. IESBC seeks to improve the lighted environment by bringing together those with lighting knowledge and translating knowledge into actions to benefit the public and provide support for emerging lighting professionals. Visit www.iesbc.org or follow them on social media: Instagram @ies.bc, Twitter @IESBC, and Facebook @iesbc.

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