A mosque, an abbey, a remote island and an artwork that responds to plants were all named as winners in autumn 2021 edition of the lighting category of the Build Back Better Awards.

Lighting design practices taking honours included Speirs Major, Michael Grubb Studio, ACTLD, Jason Bruges Studio, Light Concept, Verkis and Light Bureau.

In the product section, judges awarded honours to five innovations. These included a custom LED replacement for incandescent lamps, a luminaire made from corn starch, an outdoor light which dramatically cuts glare, a spotlight series built on modularity and an LED UV-C light which kills the coronavirus.

Just five Build Back Better GREEN ratings were awarded along with three PLATINUMs, and eight GOLDs.

The winners for autumn 2021 are:


  • Olympic Way, London, UK – Speirs Major: PLATINUM
  • Bath Abbey, UK – Michael Grubb Studio: PLATINUM
  • Cinquantenaire, Belgium – ACTLD: GOLD GREEN
  • Variegation Index, London, UK – Jason Bruges Studio: GOLD
  • The Sharjah Mosque, United Arab Emirates – Light Concept: GOLD
  • Shop-houses in Ægisgarður, Iceland – Verkis: GOLD
  • Jørpelandsholmen Island, Norway – Light Bureau: GREEN


  • TubeLED Mini HE – Lucent: GOLD + GREEN
  • Parelia – Trilux: GOLD + GREEN
  • Signature – Holophane Europe: GOLD
  • Purifii Aer W – Luminii: GOLD

The expert judging panel in the lighting category for 2021 are:

  • Dean Skira, Skira
  • Peter Fordham, Sainsbury’s
  • Kerem Ali Asfuroglu, Dark Source
  • David Atkinson, DALD
  • Susan Lake, Susan Lake Lighting Design
  • Guy Young, OneSpace
  • Dorit Bagehorn, AECOM
  • Dan Lister, Arup
  • David Mooney, Atkins
  • Gordon Routledge, Efixx
  • Ray Molony, chairman
  • Vasiliki Malakasi, Idea Design
  • Ian Douglas Smith, Kelly Taylor & Associates
  • Nigel Harvey, Recolight
  • Mike Collett, Exalta
  • David Tilley, Lightology
  • Alma Cardzic, ACLD
  • Mary Rushton Beales, Lighting Design House
  • Chris Wright, Powercor
  • Geraldine O’Farrell, heritage lighting specialist
  • Marcus Steffen, MSLD
  • Andrew Bissell, Cundall
  • Aluwaine Manyonga, SLL Young Lighter of the Year 2020
  • Ruth Kelly Waskett, Hoare Lea
  • Chris Barnes, LSBU

November 2023 issue

2023 A1 Buyers Guide