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The 2012 Design Problem

Design a light fixture to illuminate the task area of an airline ticket counter.  The fixture should light the task, the patron and agent on either side of the counter and provide ambient light.  The fixture should be mounted to the counter and not suspended from the ceiling.  The ticketing area of the airport is a voluminous space with a ceiling height of 20’.  Consider the issues of the integration and/or expression of the fixture in the architecture, glare and maintenance.  It is up to you to determine the design of the ticketing area.  Your fixture should use energy-efficient lamps, such as fluorescent, LED, metal halide 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.


First Place Winner 2012
Katheryn Czub
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, New York

Second Place Winner 2012
Wendy Cruz-Gonzalez
Interior Lighting Design
New York School of Interior Design, Graduate Center
New York, New York

Third Place Winner 2012
Bailey Kelliher
Interior Design
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia

Citation for
Innovative Concept 2012
Daniel Marcus
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, New York


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