FAQs – 40Under40 North America


MARCH 12, 2018



Frequently Asked Questions

How does 40under40 North America relate to the global 40under40 program?

Due to the tremendous success of the global 40under40 annual program and the high demand of candidates geographically based in North America, Lighting magazine is delighted to announce the launch of the dedicated 40under40 North America program. 40under40 North America culminates in a presentation evening taking place on  March 12, 2018 at Parker Hotel, New York.

What are the geographic restrictions for 40under40 North America?

To be eligible for consideration in the 40under40 North America class of 2018, nominees must be geographically located in the North American continent. To view the full list of North American countries, territories, and dependencies click here.

What is the age requirement for 40under40 North America candidates?

To be eligible for consideration in the 40under40 North America class of 2018, nominees must be under the age of 40 on March 12, 2018. Candidates who turn 40 between the nomination deadline and March 12 will not be eligible.

Do they have to be a lighting designer?

No, but they need to be working in a creative capacity with the application of lighting in architecture. Other possible roles apart from lighting designer could include architect, architectural technician, light artist, luminaire designer and interior designer.

How do I nominate someone for 40under40 North America?

To nominate someone click the ‘nominate’ tab in the menu bar above, from this page you will be directed to the submission online platform. As a nominator you require your nominee’s name, job title, phone number, e-mail address and an explanation as to why you think they are a suitable candidate for 40under40 North America 2018.

Nominations close on January 26, 2018.

Who can nominate a candidate?

Anyone can nominate a candidate who they feel is eligible for 40under40 North America status. This could be a practice principal, director, associate, colleague, tutor, head of department, client or friend. You will need cite why they, in your opinion, is an exceptional young designer.

Can I nominate myself?

No. We ask for a separate nominator. This could from one of the above roles. However, nominees will be approached to elaborate on and provide evidence of their achievements.

Can I nominate more than one person?

You can nominate as many people as you’d like. And you can nominate employees, interns, freelancers, colleagues and friends.

Can I nominate a group or a pair of people as co-nominees?

Yes. We know that many people’s success is as part of a team. However, the intention of the 40under40 North America is to recognize the outstanding work of individuals, so typically groups of two or three are the most likely to make it through our process. For example, two people who have started and run a practice together. In order for each candidate to be eligible we must receive a separate submission nomination entry with contact information for each.

Can I nominate someone for both 40under40 North America and 40under40 global 2018?

Yes. Candidates located in North America can be considered for both 40under40 North America and 40under40 global. Candidates who are nominated under 40under40 global will automatically be considered by the selectors for 40under40 North America as well as the global program.

Will the nominees be told who nominated them?

Yes. The nominees will be told that they were nominated and that they need to fill out an additional online form to complete the nomination.

What makes someone a good candidate for 40under40 North America?

Candidates should be passionate about lighting and display exceptional talent and potential, and have demonstrable achievements in the field.

Does being nominated multiple times help my nominee?

No. The selectors look mainly at the submission and associated evidence from the nominees themselves. While you may want to ensure that your nominee was considered and nominated, it won’t make a difference.

I nominated someone for 40under40 global previously and they weren’t selected. Can I nominate them again?

Absolutely. There are a number of reasons nominees might not get selected including that the selectors consider their achievements not yet proven. An additional year may have made them better candidates.

I received an e-mail saying I was nominated, what do I do now?

Congratulations, someone has nominated you for the 40under40 North America class of 2018. There is a two-step nomination process to follow. To accept the nomination you must fill out the online nominee form by no later than February 7. The form includes questions about your design work, projects you have worked on, career achievements, educational accomplishments including research and papers. It also asks for references. The e-mail you received telling you that you were nominated includes a link to the nominee form.

Why do I have to complete the nomination if I was already nominated?

Nominees won’t always have the full information about candidates. Therefore we go to the individual candidates themselves and ask them to tell us themselves what they’ve done. Your nomination is judged mainly on what you put in this form — the information you provide and how clear it is.

What will happen if I don’t complete the nomination form?

If you have been nominated but you do not complete the nominee form by February 7, 2018 you will not be eligible for the 40under40 North America and your information will not be sent to the selectors for consideration.

I’ve already been featured as a 40under40 global, can I be nominated again?

If you have been a successful 40under40 in the past, you are eligible to be featured in the 40under40 North America. However, in the case of a previous recipient, selectors will look specifically at achievements since your previous nomination, and both the nomination and submission from the candidate should focus on this.

How are the 40under40 North America selected?

A selection panel – including senior lighting professionals, association representatives, educators and section editors and curatorial board members from Lighting magazine – convene in February 2018 to assess all the nominees. This gathering debates the merits of the candidates, weighing their achievements until they find forty candidates for the year.

What are the selectors looking for?

The selection panel looks for nominees who have specific achievements in the field of architectural lighting design. Therefore try to be as specific as possible when you are filling out the nomination or nominee online form. Measurable achievements should be included and could include achievements such as contribution to successful projects, awards from professional associations or other groups or educational achievement. We know that many achievements aren’t easily quantified or acknowledged, so therefore give us as much detail as you can. The judges will also look for evidence of the nominee’s passion for the craft of lighting.

Who are the selectors?

The 40under40 North America selection panel is announced early 2018 and details are available on the website and in the lighting media.

When will I find out if I have been selected the 40under40?

Those who are selected for this year’s 40under40 North America will be contacted in late February 2018.

What happens next?

Successful candidates will be invited to the 40under40 North America presentation evening in association with Lighting magazine. Candidates will be presented with a trophy on the evening – taking place on March 12, 2018 at Parker Hotel, New York. They will also receive an official certificate which can be framed. Photography material from the evening will be used in a special 40under40 North America supplement in Lighting magazine.