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Student Competition Committee

Erin Gussert, RL Studio
Brigid Hardiman, Lightcraft Group

Board Advisor:
Shaun Fillion, NYSID | RAB Lighting

Founding Advisor:
Randy Sabedra, RS Lighting Design

Joseph Belfer, Cerberus Consulting
John Delfino
, Available Light
David del Rosario, WSP USA
Steven Greenberg, ROYGBIV, Inc.
Linda Leconte, Edison Price Lighting
Kass Negash, W. Allen Engineering PLLC




EXTENDED DEADLINE: Monday, February 25, 2019

The IESNYC is celebrating the 19th year of the Student Lighting Competition. This year’s theme, LIGHT & CULTURE, challenges students to construct a three-dimensional study exploring the role of light in rituals, events, or rites of passage. Light can often be a critical element in a religious or national celebration, like fireworks on the Fourth of July, a lifetime milestone, like a unity candle at a wedding, or a daily observance, like a sun salutation. Light & Culture allows each individual to expand upon their own experiences of light and how it contributes to culture.

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.

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Reception, Exhibition, Keynote Speaker, and Announcement of the Winners
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM


Location (Please note new location)
4 West 43rd St
New York, NY

Student Lighting Competition Schedule and Requirements

  • Students must fill out the online application form
  • EXTENDED DEADLINE: Online application closes on Monday, February 25, 2019
  • On the day of the competition, students set up entries between 7:30 AM and 11:30 AM
  • Students, faculty, and the public return between 6:00 PM and 10:00 PM for a Reception, Exhibition, Keynote Speaker, and Announcement of the Winners
  • Key Note Speaker and Announcement of Winners begins at 8:00 PM
  • Students must pick up their submission at 10:00 PM


Nathalie Rozot, CEO, PhoScope

Nathalie Rozot is a New York-based transdisciplinary designer who situated her design practice in lighting design in 2000. In 2011 she founded the think tank on light PhoScope to advance change in the practice, education, and critical study of light, and to foster lighting’s engagement in design discourse and social practice.

Rozot is the recipient of awards from the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) of North America, grants from the City of Paris, the New York State Council for the Arts, the New York State Energy Development Agency and Parsons; fellowships from the Graham Foundation for Architecture, the MacDowell Colony and the New York Foundation for the Arts; and sponsorships from NYFA and the Van Alen Institute. In 2018, she won an IESNYC Lumen CITATION for Humanitarian Action for her Solar Lighting in Martissant in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.

She has taught lighting in Masters programs at the New School and in Versailles and Lille’s schools of landscape architecture, and she is a former education columnist for the IES publication LD+A. She has published and lectured globally on social and critical issues in lighting and has served internationally as an academic and professional juror.

Rozot holds a University Degree in Biology and a Diploma from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts Appliqués Boulle. She is a member of the IES and an educator member of the IALD.

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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.