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The 2010 Design Problem

An architect is looking for a porch light to use at the front door of new or restored residences located on a quiet neighborhood street. The house design varies from single family units to 4-8 family condominiums. The architect wants a porch light that allows the resident to see the face of visitors at the door, while also illuminating the entry way and the house number. Residents are very sustainability-conscious so glare, light pollution, and energy use are important considerations. Consider the aesthetics of architectural finishes and materials as you design the porch light. Your porch light should use energy-efficient lamps, such as compact fluorescent, LED, or other light sources with good color rendering and long life. The ballast or power supply should be integral to the fixture. Self-ballasted lamps and other retrofit lamps that fit into incandescent screw base sockets are not acceptable. Identify all major components and materials.


1st Place Winner 2010
Guanqun Wang
Interior Design
University of Central Oklahoma
Edmond, Oklahoma

2nd Place Winner 2010
Xiaoqian Dong
Interior Design
University of Central Oklahoma
Edmond, Oklahoma

3rd Place Winner 2010
Lissette Cortes
Interior Design
Ringling College of Art + Design
Sarasota, Florida

Citation for Technical Achievement and Presentation 2010
Drew Downie
Industrial Design
Ohio State University
Cincinnati, Ohio

Citation for Presentation 2010
Michael H. Marsh
Architecture and Historic
Columbia University
Graduate School of Architecture,
Planning and Preservation
New York, New York

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