The 2005 GE Edison Award was given to Dennis Vogel, Keith Irtenkauf and Sonia Noble of Illuminating Concepts, Farmington Hills, Mich., for their lighting design in the renovation of Detroit's Guardian Building. The personalized Steuben crystal award was presented by GE Consumer & Industrial-Lighting at a gala dinner reception at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas during the 2006 Lightfair conference and trade show.
The Guardian Building is known worldwide in the architectural community for its Art Deco design. Its recent renovation returned the building to its original prominence in the Detroit skyline. The lighting design respects the historic nature of the building and highlights its architecture and unique finishes. “The lighting design superbly reveals the grand architecture and style of the renovated Guardian Building,” said Mary Beth Gotti, manager of GE's Lighting and Electrical Institute in Cleveland.