2021 Design Problem

You have been hired by a University Student Center to design a light fixture for the bookstore apparel area. Specifically, the Student Center sells jerseys and other clothing that celebrates the school’s sports teams. The luminare should illuminate circular racks of logo clothing, but also have a lively and inviting appearance. It should deliver light in an energy-efficient manner, without glare for the customer and staff. The bookstore apparel area has a ceiling height of 11′. It has sliding doors that open onto an exterior plaza to become an indoor/outdoor space so the fixture will also serve to advertise the Student Center. Determining the architectural design of the apparel area is up to you.

Consider how apparel and people will look under the lighting and how the lighting enhances the product. Energy use, durability and maintenance are important considerations for this institution. Describe how the luminaire is controlled. Identify all major components and materials of the fixture. Document the fixture as instructed under the Competition Rules.

First Place

Emily Pate, Architecture, Miami University

Second Place

Mollie McNally, Architecture, Miami University

Third Place & 

Citation for Presentation

Channing Nelson, Industrial Design, Thomas Jefferson University

Citation for Engineering Achievement

Kari Kruse, Architecture, Miami University

Citation for Innovative Concept

Danielle Young, Interior Design, Miami University

2020

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