2022 Russell Cole Memorial Lighting Design Competition
Hair and Makeup Salon
Your clients are the new owners of an upscale hair and makeup salon. They are two industry veterans who have worked for others salons for years, but now this dynamic duo is finally opening their own salon. One owner is a hair stylist and colorist with an extensive resume. The other is a professional makeup artist for the LA Entertainment Industry, including up-and-coming celebrity clients. Combining their skills, they will offer a luxurious yet affordable salon that offers both makeup services and hair treatments - to be enjoyed while sipping champagne!
The location selected for the new salon is a single-story shop on a tree lined 3-lane street facing west in Inglewood neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA with good foot traffic. The salon will service regular clients most days. But their business plan also includes the ability to rent out the entire salon and its services to groups celebrating or preparing for parties and special events like weddings or awards shows.
The style of the lighting should reflect the upscale environment. As hair stylist/colorists and makeup artists servicing a clientele with diverse skin and hair colors and textures, excellent visibility and color quality at the stylist stations is extremely important to the owners. They have requested special attention be devoted to considering how the clients will see themselves in the mirrors and how the stylists will see their clients faces
and hair. They have also requested the ability to have a more ‘fun’ lighting look when the whole salon is rented to groups. Lighting selections should keep energy efficiency and ease of maintenance in mind. This is an establishment where people go to look good; they should look great as they see the results of their appointments!
While the focus should remain on the salon floor, the back of house, office, and restroom spaces are still sometimes accessible by the salons’ clients. The back of house space will be used for shelving containing storage and supplies, but clients will see it on their way to the restrooms. The office will be used for administrative work and client consultations.
Lights in the salon should be controllable from the front check in desk with separate control for the restroom, office and back of house areas.
Some interiors finishes have been selected; they are indicated on the drawings. Nonspecified information has been left to your discretion.
All assumptions must be justified in the narrative. Major modifications to the architecture and interior design are not allowed.
Your scope of work is the lighting and control for the entire project.
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.
- 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 11th, 2022 - 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 June 2nd, 2022.
- 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, $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 any events.
- Questions regarding the competition should be sent to [email protected]