Awards & Honors

Spitzer Alumni Win the LIT Design Awards

SSA professors, Ilva Dodaj and Domingo Gonzalez, were crowned as winners of the 2021 LIT Design Awards in Interior Architectural Illumination for their project “Daniel Patrick Moynihan Train Hall”.

The project is a lighting control system specified to automatically minimize luminance ratios. Linear lighting frames the skylights and continuously adapts to the intensity and color temperature of natural light. Everything is arranged around the concept of circadian rhythms. During the day, the station’s airy elegance is evident; at night, the lighting artistry reveals itself.⁠ Systems of truss-mounted RGBW lights work in concert with façade washing to articulate structure while, at the same time, maintaining visual transparency to the sky beyond. The effect is subtle as daylight fades – bold colors then celebrate the trusses and purlins. A wide variation of scenes, orchestrated to mark holidays or local events, can be programmed, bringing art and function into balance.

Congratulations to everyone involved.⁠

Additional Credits:
Company: Domingo Gonzalez Associates
Lead Designers: Ilva Dodaj⁠
Other Designers: Domingo Gonzalez, AC Hickox, Yi-Szu Liao⁠
Client: Empire State Development (State of New York), Vornado Realty Trust, The Related Companies⁠
Photo Credits: Lucas Blair Simpson / Aaron Fedor (c) SOM / John Bartelstone Photography⁠
Project Location: New York, NY⁠