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Student Competition Committee

Erin Gussert, Regency Lighting

Board Advisor:
Shaun Fillion, NYSID | RAB Lighting

Founding Advisor:
Randy Sabedra, RS Lighting Design

Joseph Belfer, Artemide
John Delfino
, Available Light
David del Rosario, WSP USA
Steven Greenberg, ROYGBIV, Inc.
Brigid Hardiman, Independent Lighting Designer
Linda Leconte, Edison Price Lighting
Kass Negash, W. Allen Engineering PLLC
Shashank Singal, Loop Lighting


2017 Light, Scaled Video

2017 Student Competition Photo Gallery


Join the IESNYC on Wednesday, March 7
for a Reception, Exhibition, a Key Note presentation by
Megan Carroll,
Senior Specification Sales Manager of New York Digital and Announcement of Winners.

Admission is Free for All, but Registration is Required
Metropolitan West Pavilion, at 639 W 46th St, NYC
Exhibition opens to the public at 6:00pm
Key Note Speaker and Announcement of Winners begins at 8:00pm


This year's theme, BOUND BY LIGHT has drawn close to 200 applicants. The students are challenged to construct a three-dimensional study that explores connections through light. Without connections, we are in the dark. From a child with a flashlight reading beneath a bedsheet, a glowing screen connecting people on different continents, or lighting a candle to send messages to the great beyond, light can create or enhance our links, networks, and relationships. Explore how light can affect connections — interpersonal, intercultural, technological, or something more — in our everyday lives.
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 the second place winner, and $500 for third.  This year we are excited to announce that beyond the three top prizes, each school’s top finisher will also receive a prize. Don't miss out on the fun!

IESNYC Student Lighting Competition Schedule
  • Application closed Sunday, February 18, 2018
  • On the day of the competition, students set up entries between 7:30am and 11:30am
  • Students, faculty, and the public return between 6:00pm and 10:00pm for a Reception, Exhibition, Keynote Speaker, and Announcement of the Winners
  • Key Note Speaker and Announcement of Winners begins at 8:00pm
  • Students must pick up their submission at 10:00pm


Keynote Speaker

Megan Carroll
Senior Specification Sales Manager, New York Digital

With just thirty years in the industry, Megan has broad experience in various sales and marketing roles as a manufacturer. Prior to joining New York Digital, Megan was Director of Sales, East for Xicato. In this capacity, Megan learned firsthand of the demanding complexities required to design and manufacture leds to deliver and maintain color over time. She's also provided independent marketing consulting for various clients as principal of Carroll Consulting. During a decade with Philips Lighting in strategic marketing she focused on retail marketing and served as a lighting application specialist. In this capacity Megan was also a faculty member of the Philips Lighting Center lab and taught IES Fundamentals.

Megan is the 2018-2019 IES Annual Conference Chairwoman. She has also served as Co-Chair of the IALD's Lighting Industry Resource Council, Chaired the IESNYC Lumen Awards, Chaired the IES Illumination Awards, and served on the IES Medals Committee. She is currently on the WILD steering committee.


If you have any questions, please email



1. I live out of New York City. May I submit?
Eligibility is for students attending a design college or university located in New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island) or the New York counties (Columbia, Dutchess, Green, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester) of the former Mid-Hudson Section.

2. Can teams of students submit one submission?
Yes. When submitting your application please list one student name as the primary contact, and indicate the other students names in the “Note or Comment” field.

3. Are presentation boards required?
No. Presentation boards with your submission are not required. You may include a brief description or instructions, but these are not required and read only at the discretion of the judging panel.

4. Are we required to present our submission to the judges?
No. Presentation by students is not required or allowed. Judging is closed to the public.

5. Should I bring an extension cord?
Yes. Bring additional extension cords or adapter plugs if your piece has several plugs. (please bring three prong adapters for grounded plugs!)

6. Are batteries allowed?
Yes. Plan on bringing additional batteries in order for your project to be illuminated for the entire day and night reception. Depending on the light source used, batteries can drain within several hours.

7. Are candles allowed?
No. No candles or open flames are allowed.

8. May I submit photographs?
While you may include photographs or images as part of your submission, this competition is not a photography competition, and will not be judged. Photographs may be submitted with your optional description, but are not required.

9. What are the intellectual property details of this competition? Do I retain ownership of my
The IESNY will not retain or request ownership of any submission. Entries will be on public display. Photographs will be taken and published by the IESNY. Winners name, school, degree and instructor will be credited.

10. Can I get my submission back?
Yes. All submissions will be held by the IESNY for a public exhibition. All submissions must be picked up between 10:00 PM and 11:00 PM on the day of the competition. Any submissions that are not claimed by closing time will be discarded.

11. Can I mount my submission to the wall?
No. Nailing or taping to the walls is not allowed. We recommend your submission support itself, lean against the walls or suspended from above.

12. How can I display my submission?
You can display your submission on the floor, on a table, against a wall, or hanging from the ceiling. 30-inch high tables will be provided. We recommend you include with your entry a base or elevated platform if you intend your submission to be viewed at eye level.

13. Is there a weight limit to hang my submission?
Yes. Hanging entries are limited to 20 pounds, per mounting point. The suspension points are at approximately 12’ feet A.F.F. Bring your own rope or string as required.

14. What is the exhibition space like?
The gallery has concrete floors, white walls, and a white ceiling. Lights in the space will be off or dimmed. All entries will be displayed in a darkened room.

15. Can my submission include liquids?
Yes, as long as precautions to prevent spills, leaks, drips, or electrical shock are adhered to.
Flammable liquids are not permitted. Liquids that may stain the floor, walls, or fabric are not allowed.


About the IESNYC Student Competition

The IESNYC Student Lighting Competition is dedicated to our founder, Patricia DiMaggio. As an NYC educator and past president of IESNYC, we uphold Patricia’s goals of education, community, and friendly competition. Having grown from 8 students in 2000 to over 200 students today, it is a legacy which will continue to grow with all your support.

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.