Now in its 37th year, the SOURCE Awards competition is open to all lighting designers, architects, engineers, professional designers, and consultants who use Cooper Lighting fixtures in an interior or exterior design project. Students currently enrolled in any of these disciplines are also eligible to enter projects based on conceptual lighting designs utilizing Cooper Lighting fixtures, and are judged in a separate student category.
The competition requires the primary and predominant use of any or all of the Cooper Lighting brands, and this year the competition seeks a creative use of fixtures providing energy-efficient design solutions in addition to standard projects.
Projects are judged on the blending of aesthetics, creative achievement, and technical performance and the degree to which the lighting met project constraints and design concept goals. There will be no minimum or maximum number of awards given, as each project will be judged on its own merit. Award categories will include: Winner, Honorable Mention and Award of Recognition.
Over the competition's 36-year history, winners have been awarded over $600,000 in addition to receiving industry wide recognition. Past entry applications have included commercial offices, retail stores, galleries, libraries, banks, restaurants, convention centers, entertainment facilities, and residences.
The SOURCE Awards competition was created to furthering the understanding, knowledge and function of lighting as a primary element in design.