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The British Columbia Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESBC) announced its winners for the 2016 Vision Awards on June 2 at the posh Terminal City Club in downtown Vancouver. Each year the not-for-profit celebrates outstanding lighting engineers and designers for their local and international lighting design projects.

Submissions are judged locally based on how well each lighting design meets the program criteria; the program is not a competition. IESBC forwards the winners on to international award opportunities in the IESNA Illumination Awards program. This year’s IESBC judges included Shail Mahanti, Douglas Welch, Matt Davis and Carol Kelley.

IESBC Award - University of British Columbia Student Union Building
IESBC Vision Award: The Edwin F. Guth Memorial Award for Interior Lighting Design
University of British Columbia Student Union Building
Lighting Designers: Sunny Ghataurah and Doug McMillan, AES Engineering LTD.
IESBC Award - Simon Fraser University Observatory
IESBC Vision Award: The Outdoor Lighting Design Award sponsored by Eaton
Simon Fraser University’s Trottier Observatory and Science Courtyard
Lighting Designers: Gary Rhode and Jason Wegman, Integral Group Consulting (BC) LLP
IESBC Award - L-Occitane en Provence Vancouver Flagship Store
IESBC Vision Award: BC HYDRO Lighting Redesign Award
L’Occitane en Provence Vancouver Flagship Store
Lighting Designers: Sean Casey and Victor Quezada, Render Light & Planning

The Vision Awards event brought together more than 80 of BC’s most enthusiastic lighting professionals and students, including lighting designers, engineers, architects, interior designers, manufacturers’ representatives and distributors. Alex Beim, founder of the experimental design firm Tangible Interaction, was the guest speaker. He spoke on “Life Beyond Technology” including a multimedia presentation on his “sensory installations.”

The IESBC Section Meritorious Service Award was presented to Shail Mahanti of Integral Group in recognition of his outstanding service to the section over many years. Two IESBC members were recognized for 35 years of participation: Galina Zbrizher of Total Lighting and Rolando Catapia of Fraser Health.

Student Kristian Darlington received the 2015-16 IESBC Vision Scholarship for emerging professionals; and Interior Designer Emily Lee, an emerging lighting professional at Stantec, received the Kay Ferguson Scholarship.


Operating for over 60 years, the British Columbia Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESBC), is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit technical society dedicated to promoting the art and science of lighting. Known as the go-to community for the newest in lighting technologies and codes, IESBC provides an environment for sharing knowledge and ideas to advance the career paths of all its members. The organization offers monthly seminars to educate commercial and residential electrical and design professionals, as well as anyone interested in learning more about the lighting industry.

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. For more information on IESBC, including membership, upcoming BC seminars, and how to get involved, visit

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