Student Competition Committee

Erin Gussert, Regency Lighting

Board Advisor:
Shaun Fillion, RAB Lighting

John Delfino, Available Light
Brigid Hardiman
Golsana Heshmati
, HLB Lighting
Linda Leconte
, Edison Price Lighting
Kass Negash, W. Allen Engineering PLLC
June Park, Horton Lees Brogden


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The 17th Annual IESNYC Student Lighting Competition

Exhibition and Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
404 Event Space located at 404 10th Avenue, near Penn Station

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This year’s theme, LIGHT, SCALED, challenges students to construct a three-dimensional study that explores the scale of light and its impact on perception. Light informs our perception of scale and space, changing how we see the world around us. As we move through our environment and shift our perspective, the scale of light influences our perception. Light is present at every scale: as a traveling photon, a playful luminaire, or the memorable Manhattan skyline.

Students currently enrolled in a NYC-based college or university are eligible.

Prizes include $2,000 for the first place winner, as well as $1,000 for second place winner, and $500 for third. Additional prizes will be awarded to other notable projects.


  • Students must complete our online application form by February 19, 2017 11:59pm EST.
  • Entry projects must include an electric light source, fit into the back of a cab, and include a title and description of the entry. (the student’s name and/or school they attend must not be included anywhere on the entry).
  • Pieces can be located on tables, floor space, or suspended from a ceiling grid. Suspended projects must weight less than 30 lbs and must include suspension materials. For additional information download our Frequently Asked Questions


  • On the day of the competition, students need to set up entries 7:30am – 11:30am
  • Event is closed to the public 11:30am – 6:00pm
  • Students, faculty, and the public are invited at 6:00pm to attend an evening Reception, Exhibition, Keynote Speaker, and Announcement of the Winners
  • Keynote Address and Announcement of Winners begin at 8:00pm
  • Students must pick up their submissions at 10:00pm on the day of the competition. Any projects not picked up at this time will be discarded.

Keynote Speaker Enrique Peiniger

Architectural engineer and OVI Principal, Enrique Peiniger approaches lighting design holistically. For Enrique, this has become a precise, technologically groundbreaking methodology (Lighting Powers of 10) that provides custom solutions for all types and scales of award-winning lighting projects spanning the globe. An accomplished lecturer and lighting educator, Enrique has led lighting design workshops and presented at professional lighting congresses and universities worldwide, including lectures at Yale University, Light Insight Arabia Conference in Dubai, Light Middle East in Dubai, the Technical University of Berlin and Parsons The New School for Design.

Enrique’s holistic approach influences and renders OVI as a culturally sensitive lighting studio that activates space through the use of natural and artificial light, the manipulation of architectural materials and surfaces, and the creation of novel technological systems. Their beautifully inventive use of light responds to each project’s individuality creating iconic designs that have become part of our cultural memory. The subject of two monographs, Lighting Design Process and Lighting Powers of 10, OVI’s work was also the subject of a solo exhibition at the Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin.

If you have any questions, please email or download our FAQ’s

About the IESNYC Student Competition

One of the goals of the IESNYC is to promote education and greater awareness about the importance of lighting and the Student Competition is one of the contributors towards these efforts. Since 2000, they have invited students from New York City Art and Design schools to participate in a city wide design competition. The competition empowers students to explore light as an art form, demonstrate light as a stimulus, and prove light as a valuable medium. Every year, students in lighting, architecture, interior design, art, product design, photography and electrical engineering programs have submitted projects, resulting in a diverse showcase of ideas and interpretations on a single theme. The IESNYC Student Competition has been incorporated into the curriculum lighting classes in several area schools and has piqued an interest in lighting design of close to a thousand design students to date.