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Robert Bruce Thompson

Bruce Thompson was a twenty-five year veteran of the lighting industry.
He had a broad background in the profession having worked in theatre,
retail, as a factory representative, and concluding his career in
manufacturing as vice president of sales and marketing. Throughout his
career Bruce emphasized design and innovation. He was also an
accomplished light fixture designer. He established this independent competition to encourage creativity and education in light fixture design
and manufacturing.

The competition is administered by The Robert Bruce Thompson Trust,
which was formed solely for the purpose of conducting the competition.
The trust welcomes contributions. See "Be a Supporter".


Prizes will be awarded annually:
• First Prize: The Thompson Prize is a cash award of $5,000, plus a trophy.
• Second Prize: The Award of Distinction is a cash award of $2,500, plus a plaque.
• Third Prize: The Award of Merit is a cash award of $1,000, plus a plaque.
• Special Citations: A Special Citation is a cash award of $500, plus a plaque.


• Entrants must be full time students, enrolled in an accredited academic degree program in the
  United States. Approved programs include architectural engineering programs, architecture
  programs, interior design programs, theatre, or industrial design programs. Because of the high level
  of competition, it is recommended that entrants be undergraduate seniors or graduate students.
• Only individuals may apply. Group projects are not acceptable.
• The fixture must be designed within the past year and while the entrant is a student.
• A faculty member at the student's school must sponsor the application.