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Cooper Lighting Announces SOURCE Awards Winners

Cooper Lighting Announces SOURCE Awards Winners

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. – Cooper Lighting Solutions announced today the winners of its 43rd annual SOURCE Awards, a lighting design competition dedicated to celebrating the next generation of lighting professionals and building the pipeline of industry talent. In a virtual awards presentation, seven university students from around the country were recognized for their creation of conceptual projects that show the understanding, knowledge and functionality of lighting as a primary element in design.

The winning projects were judged on creativity and the selection and application of Cooper Lighting Solutions’ lighting and controls products. Specifically, the conceptual lighting design projects were judged on the blending of aesthetics and creative achievement, with additional considerations of energy efficiency, controls integration, best use of natural light and customization.

The winners of the 2020 SOURCE Awards are as follows:

Winner – Stefanie Voinea, Ringling College of Art and Design

Honorable Mention – Melissa Santos Romo, University of Texas at San Antonio

  • Project Name: Hidden Spa
  • Instructor: Jae Yong Suk

Honorable Mention – Tak Ying Chan, Pratt Institute

  • Project Name: In-Wave Bar
  • Instructor: Michael Zuckerman

Honorable Mention – Yin Weng, Ringling College of Art and Design

  • Project Name: Cyber Hub
  • Instructor: Seongwoo Nam

Honorable Mention – Emma Burkhart, Appalachian State University

Award of Recognition – Chloe Harlan, Ringling College of Art and Design

Award of Recognition – Jillian DePinto, Appalachian State University

Winners received a crystal trophy, local and national recognition and an invitation to attend a lighting seminar hosted by the SOURCE, Cooper Lighting Solutions’ premier lighting and educational center located in Peachtree City, Georgia. The grand prize winner, Stefanie Voinea, received a $2,000 award and the honorable mention winners each received a $500 award. 

“As the future of the lighting design industry, these students have demonstrated their ability to think creatively about overcoming real-world design challenges while gaining practical experience in the process,” said Kraig Kasler, president, Cooper Lighting Solutions. “We congratulate each one of these talented students and look forward to seeing the impact each will make on the future of the lighting industry.”

Past entry applications have included commercial offices, retail stores, galleries, museums, libraries, banks, restaurants, convention centers, entertainment facilities, residences, and more. Judging was conducted by an independent panel of lighting and design professionals and a representative from the SOURCE.

For additional information and to view the winning projects, please visit


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