2010 Jurors

David Aguilo, Neil M. Denari Architects
Matthew Goodrich, Associate, Rockwell Group
John Newman, Senior Associate, Kugler Ning Lighting Design
Mitul Parekh, Associate, LEED AP
Cline Bettridge, Bernstein Lighting Group
Glenn Shrum, Owner of Flux Studio and US Coordinator of the Professional Lighting Designers Association, PLDA

2010 Keynote Speaker

Charles G. Stone II, IALD, IES, PLDA, LC, LEED AP received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University in 1976 with a Certificate from the Program in Theater and Dance for Lighting Design. Charles began his career as an architectural lighting designer and joined Fisher Marantz Stone (FMS) in 1983 and became President in 2003.

He has designed award winning and well known projects such as Carnegie Hall, the Washington Monument, American Museum of Natural History - Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City, and the new Hong Kong Airport.

His passion and experience in lighting design has also led him to traverse the globe, speaking at various conferences and universities including AIA lectures, design symposiums in Europe and recently, The Feltman Lecture at Cooper Union in New York City. Charles is Lighting Certified by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions as well as a LEED Accredited Professional. In addition, he is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society, the Professional Lighting Designers Association and was President of the International Association of Lighting Designers from 2004-2005.

2010 Committee

Brian Belluomini, Lighting Consultant
Lauren Belanger, Fisher Marantz Stone
Randy Sabedra, RS Lighting Design
School Relations
Shelly Haniff, Edison Price Lighting
Merve Cubukcuoglu, Tirschwell & Co.
Event Planning
Rachel Eichorn, Kugler Ning Lighting Design
Scott Thurm, Bartco Lighting

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Winners of the 2010 New York City Student Lighting Competition


On March 2, 2010, the IESNYC announced the winners of the 2010 NYC Student Lighting Competition in New York City during its 10th annual awards reception. Sixty-five students from Parsons The New School for Design, Fashion Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Pratt Institute, Fordham University, New York School of Interior Design, and NYU Tisch School of the Arts, took on the challenge to develop a three-dimensional, abstract lighting composition to the theme Liminal Luminosity and to interpret the numerous ways light facilitates, defines, or bridges a point of transition, while exploring the spatial, psychological, physiological, and temporal realms of their chosen concepts.

First place winner J. Parkman Carter received $2,000 cash and an all expenses paid trip to the  2010 PLDA Practical Lighting Workshop in Alingsås, Sweden for his design "Edge: Problems and Promise." Second place winner Suerrisa Blecher, received $1,000 cash and a trip to the GE Lighting & Electrical Institute in Nela Park. Third place winner Megan Pfeffer received $500 cash and a trip to the GE Lighting & Electrical Institute in Nela Park.


2010 Winners Projects

First Prize

"Edge: Problems and Promise" by J. Parkman Carter
Parsons The New School for Design
MFA Lighting Design & Architecture

Nelson Jenkins, instructor

Inspired by images of simple points from edges of boundry—ecological, geopolitical,
spiritual—Carter visually shows that simple edges demarcate everything that we encounter:
body, threshold, building, and horizon. Each side of his box explored how light and edge leads
us to and from darkness and to various ups-around-the bend. By dimming a single lamp
source or by nudging the top half in relation to the bottom-half of the box, one could see the
various edges begin to leak volumes of light.

Second Prize

"CUSP" by Suerrisa Blecher
New York School of Interior Design
AAS Interior Design

Patricia DiMaggio, instructor

Blecher was inspired while researching to find an alternative term for a point of transition.
The study of light takes place between two intersecting arcs that contain red and blue LED
lights; the point of transition is highlighted by the mixing of the red and blue lights of the
intersecting arcs to form purple light.

Third Prize

"Liminally Enlightened" by Megan Pfeffer
Parsons The New School for Design
MFA Lighting Design

Nelson Jenkins, instructor

Pfeffer’s study explores Victor Turner’s psychological theories on luminality. The installation takes you through the steps of liminal enlightenment by providing a “false” space in the reflections of the light that seem to continue forever. This environment fits Turner’s description of a “liminal space;” as the light transforms the box into an infinite room of planes, it guides the viewer through the process of psychological transformation and self discovery. 

Honorable Mention for Craftmanship

"Magic" by Brett Banakis & Bradley King
NYU Tisch School of the Arts and Design for Stage & Film

Mary Louise Geiger & Barbara Cokorinos, instructors

Honorable Mention for Use of Materials

"Sublimination" by Gabriela Grullan
Parsons The New School for Design
MFA Lighting Design

Matthew Tanteri, instructor