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Eaton Lighting Announces Winners of 2019 SOURCE Awards

The student winners of the annual lighting design competition were recognized during Lightfair International 2019.

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Eaton SOURCE Awards Lightfair 2019

Eaton Lighting announced the student winners of its 42nd Annual SOURCE Awards. The lighting design competition celebrates the next generation of lighting professionals and furthers the company’s commitment to building the pipeline of industry talent. Ten awards were presented to university students from across the United States. The student winners, including overall winner Nikki Alese from Ringling College of Art + Design, were recognized on Monday, May 20 at Lightfair International 2019 in Philadelphia.

The annual competition, which began in 1977, focuses on furthering the understanding, knowledge and function of lighting as a primary element in design and requires the predominant use of lighting and controls products from Eaton Lighting’s solutions. Submissions were open to students from across the United States, and entries were judged on the blending of aesthetics and creative achievement while meeting project constraints and design concept goals.

“We’re committed to encouraging the next generation to think creatively and bring new ideas to the table,” says Kraig Kasler, President of Eaton Lighting. “Our annual SOURCE Awards program allows students to gain practical experience and think strategically to overcome real-world lighting design challenges. We congratulate this year’s talented winners and look forward to seeing the great impact they will make on the lighting industry.”  

Eaton Lighting’s 2019 SOURCE Award winners include:


Nikki Alese, from Ringling College of Art + Design in Sarasota, FL, for her conceptual lighting restaurant project, titled Fresh Market, a restaurant inspired by locally sourced ingredients served on its menu. The modern farmhouse-style environment uses both natural and artificial light to assist in the growth and health of plant and human life. Alese was under the instruction of Professor Seongwoo Nam, IDEC, LEED-AP, MIES, KIA, Senior Advisor to the President for Global Initiatives, Faculty Interior Design and Office of the President at Ringling College of Art + Design.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Alexina Federhen, from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, for her conceptual behavioral health facility lighting project, titled Cayuga Pediatric Mental and Behavioral Health Facility. Federhen was under the instruction of Rhonda Gilmore, LEED-AP, Senior Lecturer, Design and Environmental Analysis at Cornell University.
  • Cassandra Crawford, from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, for her conceptual recreational community center lighting project, titled Mason, Ohio Recreation Center. Crawford was under the instruction of Kevin Woolley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Interior Design in the Department of Art and Design at Purdue University.
  • Jasmine (Seoyeon) Jang, also from Ringling College of Art + Design, for her conceptual teahouse lighting project, titled Glee Tea. Jang was also under the instruction of Nam.
  • Gabriel De Leon and Saba Fatemi, from The University of Texas at San Antonio, for their conceptual amenity and bar lounge lighting project, titled Cascade: Amenity Lounge. De Leon and Fatemi were under the instruction of Jae Yong Suk, Ph.D., IES, IALD, LEED-AP, Assistant Professor in the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning at The University of Texas at San Antonio.
  • Chloe Bagley, from Anderson University in Anderson, SC, for her conceptual dessert restaurant and bar lighting project, titled Savor Dessert & Bar. Bagley was under the instruction of David Greer, AIA, LEED-AP, BD+C, Adjunct Instructor in the School of Interior Design at Anderson University.


Awards of Recognition:

  • Jasmine Chow, also from Cornell University, for her conceptual retail showroom lighting project, titled Luminesce. Chow was also under the instruction of Gilmore.
  • Redmond Watson, also from Ringling College of Art + Design, for his conceptual stylish nightclub lighting project, titled Club Nox Lux. Watson was also under the instruction of Nam.
  • Jessica Zapata, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, VA, for her conceptual commercial office space lighting project, titled 2nd Home. Zapata was under the instruction of Elif Tural, Ph.D., WELL AP, LEED Green Associate, Assistant Professor of Interior Design in the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech.
  • Julia Layman, from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, for her conceptual Turkish restaurant lighting project, titled Dileks Turkish Restaurant. Layman was under the instruction of J. Alex Poorman, IIDA, Assoc. AIA, associate professor and program coordinator for the interior design program in the department of Applied Design at Appalachian State University.


Winner Alese received $2,000 and each of the Honorable Mention students was awarded $500. All winners received a crystal trophy and an opportunity to attend a complementary class at The SOURCE, Eaton’s state-of-the-art lighting educational center located in Peachtree City, GA. The students’ instructors are also invited to attend a class.

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