The IESNYC recognizes excellence in the field of lighting by sponsoring annual awards programs and design grants.

Section Service Awards

Brilliance is defined as extreme brightness or radiance, exceptional intelligence, ability, skill, or talent, imposing splendor or magnificence. Each year, the IESNYC proudly recognizes members with these qualities; individuals who make the New York City Section shine by awarding the following awards: Brilliance Award, IES Section Meritorious Award, IES Section Service Award, IESNYC Special Recognition Award, Golden Achievement Award and Achievement Award.

Lumen Awards

The Lumen Awards recognizes excellence, professionalism, ingenuity and originality in lighting design. Submissions are judged and Awards of Excellence, Merit and Citations are awarded at the celebratory Annual Lumen Awards Gala.

Student Competition

Since 2000, the New York City Section of the IES has invited students from New York City Art and Design schools to participate in a city wide design competition. The competition empowers students to explore light as an art form, demonstrate light as a stimulus, and prove light as a valuable medium.

Every year, students in lighting, architecture, interior design, art, product design, photography and electrical engineering programs have submitted projects, resulting in a diverse showcase of ideas and interpretations on a single theme.

IESNYC Thesis Prize

The IESNYC Thesis Prize is an annual $1,000 award given to two graduating students whose thesis projects demonstrate excellence in design and/or research and best represent the intellectual insight, rigor and quality standards as set forth by the respective school department and the student’s thesis committee.

Richard Kelly Grant

The Richard Kelly Grant was established by the New York Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society in 1980. Originally conceived as a scholarship program and later opened to young persons working in lighting in North America, the Grant is administered by the New York Section under the auspices of the IESNA.

The purpose is to recognize and encourage creative thought and activity in the use of light. Cash award(s) are granted to the person(s) who preserve and carry forth Richard Kelly’s ideals, enthusiasm and reverence for light.