2013 Design Problem

The architect for a high tech company in Silicon Valley wants a feature pendant light fixture for the entry lobby of their new building. Your first impression of the lobby will be from afar through its 2 story, 22’ high glass curtain wall. The lobby is used for receiving visitors and company functions at night. This innovative company is known for showcasing advanced technologies, energy efficiency and cutting edge design. The project team is pursuing a LEED Gold rating. Design a light fixture that will light the architecture and the task, be energy efficient and reflect the personality of the company. It is up to you to determine the lobby design. Consider maintenance issues, the appearance of the fixture when it is on and off during the day and the view from near and far. Your pendant should use energy-efficient lamps, such as fluorescent, LED, OLED 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

Xuan Liu, Interior Environments Design, Virginia Commonwealth University

Second Place

Michael Bednar, Architecture, Miami University

Third Place

Nick Nguyen, Interior Design, The University of Texas at Arlington

Citation for Innovative Concept

Yi-Ting Wei, Interior Architecture, Woodbury University

Citation for Technical Acheivement

Mary Blair, Interior Design, University of Texas at Arlington

Citation for Presentation

Rebecca Gardner, Interior Design, Brigham Young University – Idaho

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