The 2017 Howard Brandston Student Lighting Design Education Grant is underway and project entries are due May 1, 2017. The grant is a project-based format. This year, entrants are asked to design a lighting scheme for a “…lobby renovation project for a low-rise office building located at a busy corner of city downtown. The corner of the building is a bank.” The complete project outline and materials can be downloaded via grant page on the IES website.

The Howard Brandston Student Lighting Design Education Grant “…was established to encourage and recognize students who have demonstrated exceptional professional promise through the presentation of an original and ingenious solution to a supplied design problem.” The grant carries with it a $1,000 prize. Honorable Mention, if awarded, is a grant of $300.

The program is open to individuals “enrolled as full-time students in an approved academic degree program. Approved programs are those offering a substantial core of illumination studies and are either engineering technology programs accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology; architecture programs accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board; interior design programs accredited by the Foundation for Interior Design Research; or theatre programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.” If there is a question about accreditation, please query.

For complete details, review the full competition brief. All questions regarding the program should be addressed to the IES.