Each year, we strive to provide area students with the opportunity to participate in a lighting design competition that challenges them to think about the many aspects that comprise lighting design. It is not an easy competition, not only is the project challenging, but the competition is stiff, and the results just get better and better each year. We provide each participating student with judging sheets containing kudos and constructive criticism and encourage them to continue their journey into the lighting fields. We hope the pursuit of learning is the main driver, but the offer of scholarship funds certainly helps to keep the competition up. For this we give HUGE GRATITUDE to our sponsors. It was challenging to attract sponsors in this complicated year, so extra thanks to those who stepped up. See our sponsors list in this post. Thank you!

This year we had participation from 27 students and 5 faculty representing TCU, UT Arlington, UT San Antonio and Stephen F. Austin State. Thanks to all who participated, congratulations to the winners, and applause to all who stepped in to the lighting design arena for the first time, we hope to see all of you in the lighting design and lighting-related fields in the coming years.      –Jill Klores

Design Criteria


A well-executed lighting design is the synthesis of creativity, science & technology. Through this program we wish to encourage students to dream of a creative solution for a real lighting challenge. We want them to understand the various technologies available to address lighting needs (sources, luminaires, controls.) And we want them to be able to use the science of lighting to measure and evaluate their proposed solutions, (illuminance calculations, energy calcs and codes, as well as budget and maintenance considerations.)


The challenge was to develop a complete lighting design for a university library. This consists of an entry porch that leads through a vestibule to a grand, double-height lobby area with welcome/info/help desk. Typical library functions complement the rest of the 16,500 sq.ft. space. The university is interested in a space that makes the student feel welcome and encourages the pursuit of study. Study may take place on paper or electronic devices and the space should support both.

The interior design is the choice of the student. The judges do not grade/rate the interior design, just how well the lighting design supports the interior design concept. One of the most critical factors is that the lighting design developed should support the student’s stated concept of the space. Lighting is to be used as a tool to provide functional illumination as well as a welcoming/comfortable atmosphere.

“Retrofit” – 1st place, Andrea Moore and Macall Rempp – Texas Christian University

“The Highlands” – 2nd place, Valerie Andrade & Addie Bush – Texas Christian University

“Dallas Library” – 3rd place, Allya Heitz & Asia Nolan – University of Texas at San Antonio

“Flow” – 4th place, Alexia Koltes & Kristen Valasquez – University of Texas at Arlington

“Layers” – 5th place, Jaime Perez, Derrick Salinas & Destiny St.Claire – University of Texas at San Antonio

“The Lantern” – Owner’s Choice Award,Abigail Wadjas & Blake Broadbent – University of Texas at Arlington


 These fine firms not only made this year’s IA Awards program a success but their sponsorship dollars are also building lighting  coursework, and furthering student scholarship.

Champion ($2,000.00)

Architectural Lighting Alliance

Cooper Lighting Solutions

Innovative Lighting

NexGen Lighting Solutions

Texas Lighting Solutions

 Platinum ($1,500.00)

Hossley Lighting ASSOC

 Gold ($1,000.00)

Elliptipar/The Lighting Quotient

Luminii Lighting

 Silver ($500.00)

Alison & Co


FSG (Facility Solutions Group)

Insight Lighting


Today’s lighting students are tomorrow’s lighting leaders!