Entering its 11th year, the Robert Bruce Thompson Annual Student Light Fixture Design Competition serves as valuable outlet for students in the area of luminaire design. The competition was established by Bruce Thompson, a 25-year veteran of the lighting industry “to encourage creativity and education in light fixture design and manufacturing.”

Each year, the competition puts forth a new design problem, such as this year’s program that asked students to design a countertop-mounted light fixture to illuminate the task area of an airline ticket counter. The design of the ticketing area was left up to the students. The program also required the use of an energy-efficient light source.

First place and a cash prize of $5,000 went to Katheryn Czub from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) for her circular-shaped luminaire called Aereo. Second place and a cash prize of $2,500 went to Wendy Cruz-Gonzalez of the New York School of Interior Design for her canopy-styled luminaire called Shelter Light. Bailey Kelliher, an interior design student at Virginia Commonwealth University, received third place and a cash prize of $1,000 for her design titled Aileron. And Daniel Marcus, also of RPI, received a special citation and a cash award of $500 for his design called Solo. The luminaire for the 2013 competition will be a lobby pendant. The deadline is April 5, 2013, and all details are available at rbtcompetition.org.