2023 Russell Cole Memorial Lighting Design Competition
The location selected is in the new “Fermentation District” of Los Angeles, on Spring St near Los Angeles State Historic Park. Home to a number of local breweries, cideries, and wineries; this area close to Dodger Stadium gets lot of foot traffic.
Due to this unique atmosphere of the area with public family events at the park and lots of revelry in the evenings, the store wants to be sure to appeal to all. They do intend to focus on the evening crowds, with their hours skewing to later nights.
The owners want their building to help reflect the change and growth that they see coming to this neighborhood and they want the ability for the lighting to help showcase their brand and the community. While the merchandise is the most important part of the store, they want to emphasize a comfortable inviting environment for shopping.
While no millwork lighting is currently indicated in the interiors package, they are open to adding lighting to the millwork. The glass NW facing façade is expected to allow a large amount of daylight into the space during the day, and also provide excellent visibility into the store.
Lights in the store should be controllable from the back of house with separate control for restrooms and back of house areas.
Some interiors finishes have been selected; they are indicated on the drawings. 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 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.
- 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 10th, 2023 - 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 1st, 2023.
- 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]