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Illumination Awards Gala

Lights were bright, tables were elegantly set, and guests were dolled up gowns and tuxedos at this year’s Illumination Awards Gala on May 24 at the Renaissance Hotel. The sophisticated evening is organized by Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). “Every year lighting designers get to show the projects they have done and get recognized by their peers for their designs. It’s become a really important event,” says Carlos Alonso-Niemeyer, Principal at Reflex Lighting and former president of IES Boston and Rhode Island Section.

This year, over 40 awards selected by a panel of 20 judges were given out to impressive projects. Each innovative design was a testament to the talent of Greater Boston’s lighting design professionals. On a large projection screen, photographs of illuminated ingenuity were on display, such as an office park that was transformed into a contemporary, dynamic and inviting space with creative lighting solutions. Cheers from the crowd surrounded each award for projects that set the bar high and served as inspiration for all in attendance.

The event wasn’t always so grand. The former small affair blossomed into something much larger eight years ago. Alonso-Niemeyer was president of IES section and he and the board members at that time, including Collin Thomas of Reflex, worked together to bring more significance to the event. Many manufacturers like EATON helped to make the change a success. As the lighting industry and its dedicated professionals become critical players in the building community, the event continues to flourish.

Looking around the crowded room, you’re in the company of “everyone who influences the lighting industry when it comes to design,” says Alonso-Niemeyer. For Reflex as well as all of the architects and designers at the gala that’s critical. Reflex is one of the largest lighting agencies in New England, and they work with lighting professionals and manufacturers every day. The Illumination Awards allows all industry professionals to come together for a night to enjoy themselves and each other, and celebrate their hard work that brightens our region’s landscape in more ways than one.