ETC architectural products shine at IALD Awards

Date Posted: 6/7/2017

Harbin Opera House, © Adam Mørk

The International Association of Lighting Designers, an industry organization dedicated to setting the global standard for lighting design excellence, held their 34th annual International Lighting Design Awards on Wednesday, May 10, honoring the very best of architectural lighting design. ETC was honored to have been a large part of several of the award-winning projects, deploying their versatile, innovative technology to help designers achieve their spectacular installations.  

“ETC has always been a great supporter of the IALD International Design Awards program and we enjoy our participation in the sponsorship of the Education Trust Dinner each year at Lightfair,” said Karl Haas, Architectural National Sales Manager for ETC. “This year, we were extremely happy to be a part of many of the award winning projects—a total of 8—ranging from the Award of Excellence for the Harbin Opera House to the Special Citation Award for the ‘1.8’ art installation by Janet Echelman.”

Other ETC contributions included controlling the lighting on the facades of both a Manhattan skyrise and the National Museum of African American History and Culture; programming fixtures alongside (and sometimes under) the Chicago river; powering LEDs meant to evoke 19th-century gas lighting and more. Winning designs included representatives from ETC’s Unison Echo®, Paradigm®, and Mosaic® lines of architectural solutions and incorporated control systems, regular and custom distribution products, and even emergency lighting components. 

Projects which utilized ETC equipment and expertise are included below. A full list of award winners can be found on the IALD website


Harbin Opera House, © Adam Mørk

Harbin Opera House

Principal Designer: Dongning Wang, IALD

Beijing United Artists

Harbin, China

ETC Involvement: The Harbin Opera House consists of two performance spaces within a beautifully sinuous complex. The lighting for the public facing portions of the complex are controlled via ETC’s Unison Paradigm system. A full complement of ETC theatrical lighting gear and controls outfits the two theaters. 


599 Lexington Avenue, © Chris Cooper

599 Lexington Avenue Ground Floor Upgrades

Principal Designer: Suzan Tillotson, IALD

Tillotson Design Associates

New York, NY USA

ETC Products: An ETC Unison Mosaic control system programs lighting on the façade, creating a more welcoming, clean modern look for the facility. 

Hancher Auditorium, ©Jeff Goldberg/Esto

Hancher Auditorium, University of Iowa

Principal Designer: Francesca Bettridge, IALD

Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design

Iowa City, IA USA

ETC Products: ETC’s Paradigm system controls lighting across the Auditorium’s exterior, lobby space and the decorative lighting inside the theatre. 


Chicago Riverwalk, © Kate Joyce

Chicago Riverwalk

Principal Designer: Schuler Shook

Ross Barney Architects Sasaki

Chicago, IL USA

ETC Products: The renovated section of the Chicago Riverwalk is located within a flood zone of the river. ETC’s Mosaic delivers reliable control for lighting whether it’s above water or below. 

Gasholder Park, © James Newton

Gasholder Park

Principal Designer: Mark Major, IALD

Speirs + Major

London, England UK

ETC Products: A new public space in King Cross, London, Gasholder Park uses ETC’s Paradigm controls, a Sensor3 dimming system and light sensors to control light for the industrial architecture, programming cross-fading and lighting shifts to simulate the experience of a solar eclipse. 

Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture, © Alan Karchmer

Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture – Façade

Principal Designer: Hank Forrest, IALD

Fisher Marantz Stone

Washington, DC USA

ETC Products: ETC’s Paradigm control, combined with its Echo Architectural Control  Processor and Smart Solutions dimming worked with 3600 bronze-finish panels enveloping the building to create dignified lighting that was also budget and environmentally responsible. 


1.8 by Janet Echelman, © Ron Blunt

1.8 by Janet Echelman

Special Citation for Creative and Collaborative Enhancement of an Ephermal Canvas

Principal Designer: Jake Wayne


Washington, DC USA

ETC Products: Guggenheim Fellowship award winner Janet Echelman relied on ETC networking and power distribution products as well as Source Four LED Series 2 fixtures to light her “1.8” installation. 

Park Avenue Armory Veterans Room, © James Ewing Photography

Park Avenue Armory Veterans Room

Special Citation for Inventive and Sensitive Reimagination of Historic Gas Luminaires

Principal Designer: Paul Marantz, FIALD

Fisher Marantz Stone

New York, NY USA

ETC Products: ETC’s Paradigm control system (with touchscreen panels and Heritage wall control stations) combined with custom distribution solutions delivered control and power to LEDs used to simulate historic lighting in this landmark space.

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