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, visit Donate.



First Place

The Thompson Prize
$5,000 and a trophy


Second Place

The Award of Distinction
$2,500 and a plaque


Third Place

The Award of Merit
$1,000 and a plaque


Special Citations

Special Citation
$500 and a plaque

2023 Design Problem

Rules and Submission