2021 Russell Cole Memorial Lighting Design Competition
A new luxury hotel has been commissioned in the Los Angeles area, the hotel has a vintage Hollywood vibe, with a contemporary spin. Guests will include international business and leisure travelers with sophisticated tastes. Your client, the hotel’s owner/operator, wants lighting to play a prominent role in the design development and has engaged you to develop a lighting design concept for the lobby area.
The lobby is a dramatic space. Its façade is comprised entirely of glass, to give all approaching visitors a view of the interior. The resulting daylighting will be a tremendous opportunity, as well as a concern. The lighting for the space should be beautiful and balanced, both day and night. Therefore, lighting should have different scenes for the day and night-time functions.
The architectural design already includes beautiful luminous surfaces on the walls and ceilings. There are lots of architectural coves with opportunities for integrated lighting details. The client has engaged you for your lighting expertise; make sure all lighting details are executed elegantly and aligned with your lighting design vision. In the detailed drawings, the architect has indicated some locations where lighting may be integrated; but has asked that you review their suggestions and details and adapt them, as needed, for your lighting concepts and fixture specifications.
The client has requested a centralized architectural control system for the hotel with automatic time-clock functions and push-button override station for managers.
Some interiors finishes have been selected; they are indicated on the drawings. The interior designer has also developed a color elevation to provide you with guidance on the look and feel of the space. Non-specified information has been left to your discretion.
All assumptions must be justified in the narrative. Major modifications to the architecture and interior design is not allowed.
Your scope of work for the project is the lighting and control for the following areas:
- Entry Lobby 
- Lobby 
- Concierge 
- Reception [0106A]
- Bar Lounge 
- Corridor 
- Spa/Roof Elevator Lobby 
Areas NOT included in your scope of work:
All other areas not listed above including: Hotel Admin , Retail , Retail , Pantry , Ballroom Elevator Lobby , all non-lobby mezzanine and level 2 areas
All assumptions must be justified in the narrative. Modification to the architecture is not allowed.
Your scope of work for the project is the lighting and control for the following spaces:
- Foyer 
- Flex Space (Inc. Stage) 
- Nursing Room 
- Classroom 
- Toilets 
- Toilets 
Registration is now closed.
GENERAL RULES AND CONDITIONS
- Entries will be divided into two categories: Conceptual and Advanced. Both categories are assigned the same challenge. But, each category has it own set of entry requirements for the design presentation.
- Eligible students must select one category for their entry. Students will be evaluated based on that category’s presentation criteria and judging score sheet.
- Each Student may submit only one entry per year.
- Each entrant shall submit a single .pdf presentation of a lighting design solution for the supplied design challenge per the stated presentation criteria.
- All entries shall be uploaded to the IESLA website and all students must complete registration by 11:59pm on Wednesday May 5th, 2021.
- Eligibility will be confirmed after projects are submitted. Professors will be contacted by the design competition committee regarding a student’s current enrollment in an eligible class.
- All judges will be Southern California design and engineering professionals.
- A panel of online judges performs preliminary judging. Online judging is performed ‘blind.’ Meaning, online judges will only have access to the .pdf entries. Online judges will not have access to any of the applicants’ personal information (i.e. names, schools, professors, etc.).
- The students receiving the highest scores from the panel of online judges will be selected as finalists.
- Finalists will be notified by email or text message by Sunday, May 10th. If a finalist does not confirm that he/she will be available to present his/her solution at the meeting on Tuesday, May 12th within 6 hours of notification, the next highest scoring project will take their place.
- Finalists will present their projects on Tuesday, May 18th; presentations will begin at 6:00 pm. Awards will be determined based upon these presentations.
- In order to win, finalists must appear in-person to do a verbal delivery of their entry to a panel of judges on Tuesday May 25th, 2021.
- Finalist verbal presentations consist of a 7-minture power-point presentation followed by a 3-minute question and answer session with the judges. All students and educators are invited to attend finalist presentations.
- Awards shall be announced at the Lumen West banquet in June.
- Each award winner will receive complimentary admission for themselves and one guest to the Lumen West Awards Banquet.
- Each award winner will be given a complimentary membership to the IES for the following year.
- The monetary awards will be paid to the student directly. It is the student’s responsibility to pay any applicable taxes and report the prize money to any applicable agency.
- Quantities of finalists and distribution of prizes are not pre-determined and may be awarded at the judges’ discretion to one or more students.
- Last year, $20,000.00 was distributed to the student award winners. However, awards values may vary from year to year at the discretion of the judging panel and IESLA Board of Directors.
- Regardless of “team” efforts, the awards will go only to the individual under whose name the project was submitted and only that individual will be recognized.
- Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from each event.
- Questions regarding the competition should be sent to [email protected]