The Illuminating Engineering Society New York City (IESNYC) section has awarded five students in its 2009 student design competition. This year's theme of "Audible Light" tasked students to create a 3-D study using light to mimic the properties of sound.

Hye Yeun Lee, an interior design student at Parsons The New School for Design, took first place in the competition. Lee's project, "Subway Sound," was inspired by her daily subway ride during which her favorite distraction is to look at the lights. Under the instruction of lighting designer Randy Sabedra, this was Lee's first lighting design project. She received an award of $3,000 and participation in the one-week lighting design workshop in Europe sponsored by the Professional Lighting Designer's Association.

A cash prize of $1,500 went to Ching-Yu Lin for his "Hey, It's a Party" design. Lin, a master of fine arts in lighting design student at Parsons, created his submission using an interactive turntable design that responds with light when touched.

The third place award of $1,000 was given to Sukmo Koo, an interactive telecommunications major at New York University, and Young Taek Oh, and industrial design student at Pratt Institute. The duo designed the "Make It Rain-Rain Box," which mimics the sound of raindrops on a roof with "drops" of light that are activated by the push of a button.

Honorable mentions were awarded to two MFA in lighting design students at Parsons: Kacie Stigliano for her project, "Rhythms," and to Sungbin Ma for "The Sound of Glitz." Stigliano and Ma received a free trip to GE's Lighting Institute at Nela Park in Cleveland. More information can be found online.

    2009 Student Design Competition Judges:
  • Christine Hope, Focus Lighting
  • Charles Matz, Charles Matz Architect
  • Jack Weisberg, U.S. Sound Engine 27
  • Sun Hee Lim, Johnson Light Studio
  • Marc Clemenceau Bailly, Gage/Clemenceau Architects