USC students win IESLA lighting design competition awards

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USC students win IESLA lighting design competition awards

November 22, 2016

Students from the USC School of Architecture swept the graduate and undergraduate levels of the Russell Cole Lighting Design Competition on June 25, 2016 during the annual Illuminating Engineering Society Los Angeles (IESLA) Lumen West Awards ceremony in Long Beach, California.


USC Master of Landscape Architecture student Yi Bai won first place in the graduate category and received $4,000. First runner-up Likhitha Rangaswamy and second runner-up Kelly Burkhart, USC Master of Building Science students, received $3,000 and $1,500, respectively. Only one prize was given this year in the undergraduate category, which was won by undergraduate USC Architecture student Danielle Quade.


Earlier this year, USC MBS student Hang Li won the Saul M. Goldin Memorial Internship, a sponsored eight-week internship at the California Lighting Technology Center, also awarded by the IESLA. 


“We are delighted to see the mix of technology and design which is represented in the work of these students,” said Marc Schiler, professor at the School of Architecture. 


Established by the IESLA, the Russell Cole Lighting Design Competition encourages and recognizes students in Southern California who have shown an understanding of light and its effect on architecture. The competition requires the submission of conceptual drawings, lighting plans, fixture schedules, fixture cuts, control intent and visual vignettes. Entries are presented at the annual joint meeting of the IESLA and the Designers Lighting Forum of Los Angeles in May, and finalists are chosen to give detailed presentations of their designs. ■