2024 Russell Cole Memorial Lighting Design Competition
Refined Mexican Seafood Restaurant
We are thrilled to work with you, as we bring to life our vision for a remarkable Mexican seafood restaurant nestled in the heart of Frogtown, Los Angeles. Our goal is to capture the essence of a laid-back Mexican beach town, infusing it with an elevated and elegant dining experience that resonates with our patrons. Our locally sourced culinary offerings, ranging from delectable ceviche, tantalizing seafood towers, and the freshest fish, are designed to transport our guests to a coastal haven of flavors and sensations.
Design Philosophy: We aim to craft an ambiance that authentically reflects the soul of a Mexican beach town, while also embodying a sense of sophistication and refinement. The interplay between exceptional gastronomy and captivating aesthetics is central to our vision, and we believe that the lighting design plays a pivotal role in achieving this harmony.
Dining 1 - Graced by a beautifully curated wall of mezcals at the entrance, this space will feature an inviting lounge/bar area, a communal table for shared experiences, and sumptuous booth/banquette seating. Our desire is for this space to emanate an atmosphere of refined relaxation, fostering camaraderie and community among our patrons.
Dining 2 - Dedicated to our ceviche and raw bar. We see this space as a theater for culinary artistry, where the meticulous preparation of each ingredient takes center stage. We aim to immerse diners in an ambiance reminiscent of the enchanting Mexican seaside, igniting their senses and creating an unforgettable dining spectacle.
Dining 3 - With three private booths and thoughtfully arranged tables, this area seamlessly transforms into a private party room. Our aspiration is for this space to exude an elevated refinement, perfect for intimate gatherings, while also possessing the dynamic energy to host festive celebrations.
Patio Seating / Building Façade - We wish to capture the enchantment of a restaurant situated on the Mexican coast overlooking the seaside. We see the lighting being pivotal in narrating the story of our restaurant, from the very moment our guests arrive.
Focal Points that encapsulate the essence of our restaurant include; the raw seafood and ceviche bar, the mezcal/drink bar, the captivating entry/mezcal wall, and the versatile private party enclave in Dining 3
Scope of Work: Your scope of work is the lighting and controls for the spaces that we've described above. The back-of-house spaces and kitchens are explicitly excluded from this scope.
Russell Cole was a second-generation owner of Cole Lighting (C. W. Cole & Company), one of the oldest lighting companies in the U.S. Cole Lighting became a well-known in the Los Angeles area and their luminaires have been installed on iconic projects such as The Mann’s Chinese Theater, Disneyland, and the Griffith Observatory. The company has been headquartered in Los Angeles since its inception. Russell Cole, the son of founder Clarence Cole, took over ownership of the company in 1952 and ran it until the mid 1980s. Russell continued to come into the office well into his 90s. Russell was an active member of the IES and always attended events with a friendly smile and was ready to chat with everyone. Because Mr. Cole’s dedication to the lighting industry and his longevity as a member of IES, the Los Angeles Section Student Lighting Design Competition Award is named in his honor.
The Russell Cole Lighting Design Competition was established to encourage and recognize students in southern California who have shown a passion for light and its effect on architecture. These awards were established by the Illuminating Engineering Society, Los Angeles Section (IESLA). The IES is an international organization whose purpose is to promote lighting education and to develop recommended lighting practices.
Over the last 10 years the Russell Cole Memorial Lighting Design Competition has awarded more than $150,000 to more than 40 students.
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 its 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.
- Projects showing substantial completion of Advanced category work, but submitted as Conceptual may be moved to the Advanced category.
- 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 8th, 2024 - a link is available above.
- 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.
- In order to win, finalists must appear live online to do a verbal delivery of their entry to a panel of judges on Thursday May 30, 2024.
- Awards shall be announced at the Lumen West banquet in June.
- 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 agencies.
- Awards will be mailed to address provided by to the students on their entry form.
- Quantities of finalists and distribution of prizes are not pre-determined and may be awarded at the competition committee and judges’ discretion to one or more students.
- Last year, $25,000.00 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 any events.
- Questions regarding the competition should be sent to [email protected]