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Eaton Announces Winners of the 40th Annual SOURCE Awards Lighting Design Competition

PEACHTREE CITY, GA — Power management company Eaton today announced the winners of the 40th Annual SOURCE Awards lighting design competition, part of the company’s commitment to celebrating current and future lighting designers and specifiers. The winners were recognized on Monday, May 8 at LIGHTFAIR International 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Six professional awards and seven student awards were presented.


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’s lighting solutions. Entries are judged on aesthetics, creativity and technical performance to address specific lighting needs while meeting project constraints and design concept goals.


“We congratulate the talented winners of this year’s SOURCE Awards competition, our 40th year of celebrating lighting design,” said Kraig Kasler, president, Eaton’s Lighting Division. “The outstanding quality of work from the professional winners features a diverse group of architectural projects including a dynamic library, a historical museum, a beautiful private residence and the successful energy-efficient upgrades of a college hall; an operations and maintenance facility; and a city’s underpass. For our winning students, we hope their impressive work will inspire them towards a career in lighting.”


The 2017 winners include:
Professional Category

  • Tec Studio Inc., Columbus, Ohio, and designer Ardra Paige Zinkon, CLD, IALD, for the lighting of the Columbus Metropolitan Library-Main Branch, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Robert Singer and Associates, Inc., Basalt, Colorado, and the design team of Robert Singer, IES, IALD, and Kim Quint, LEED AP,IALD, for the lighting design of the private residence.


Honorable Mentions:

  • Karpinski Engineering, Cleveland, Ohio, and designer Marian K. Perez, LC, MIES, for the lighting design of the Erie County Historical Society, Watson-Curtze Mansion and Carriage House in Erie, Pennsylvania.
  • Receiving two awards, Lighting Design Innovations, Batavia, New York, and the design team of Paul D. Mercier, MS, LC, IALD, MIES and Kimberly R. Mercier, MBA, PE, P.Eng., LEED AP, MIES, for the lighting upgrade at Whitehead Hall at the City of New York Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York, and for the lighting design of the 1st Street SW Underpass in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
  • RNL, Denver, Colorado, and designers Rachel Fitzgerald, MIES, IALD, LC, LEED AP BD+C and Jeanette Zagone, LC, for the lighting design of the Metro Division 14 Expo Light Rail Operations and Maintenance Facility in Santa Monica, California.


Student Category 

  • Hazel Chang from Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, for her conceptual lighting design of a music recording company’s sports stadium skybox, titled Sonata Music Classical Skybox. A past winner in 2014 and honorable mention winner in 2015, Chang was under the instruction of Jeanne Mercer-Ballard, M.A., associate professor in the Department of Applied Design, Interior Design program and D. Jason Miller, AIA, NCARB, assistant professor in the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment.


Honorable Mentions:

  • Elizabeth Hundley from Appalachian State University for her conceptual lighting design office building project, titled Incandescent. Hundley was the winner of last year’s competition and was under the direction of Hessam Ghamari, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Applied Design, Interior Design program, as well as Jeanne Mercer-Ballard.
  • Emma Morris, also from Appalachian State University, for her conceptual lighting design restaurant project, titled "Bloom" a Turkish-American Restaurant. Morris was under the direction of Mercer-Ballard.
  • Marissa Sexton from University of Missouri-St. Louis and Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, for her healthcare facility project, titled Healing Light - The Green Health Center. Sexton was under the direction of Thomas P. Collins, P.E., adjunct professor of Electrical Engineering.
  • Emily Miller from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina, for her conceptual eatery project, titled Element. Miller was under the direction of Amanda Gale, Ph.D., assistant professor of the Interior Architecture program at the university.
  • Kassondra Hauck from Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, for her project, titled The Community Teen Center. Hauck was under the instruction of Julie Qun Zuo, associate professor of Interior Design in the Department of Human Environmental Studies at the university.


Award of Recognition: 

  • Abigail Chin, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, for her restaurant project, titled Gourmasia. Chin was under the direction of Kevin Woolley, Ph.D., assistant professor of Interior Design in the Department of Art and Design at Purdue University.


The professional winning firms, Tec Studio Inc. and Robert Singer and Associates, Inc., each received a $5,000 monetary award. Student winner Chang received $2,000 and each of the Honorable Mention professionals and students was awarded $500. All winners were presented with a crystal trophy and offered an invitation to attend a complimentary class at the SOURCE, Eaton’s state-of-the-art lighting educational center located in Peachtree City, Georgia. The students’ instructors are also invited to attend a class.


For information about this year’s 41st Annual SOURCE Awards competition, please visit


Eaton delivers a range of innovative and reliable indoor and outdoor lighting solutions, as well as controls products specifically designed to maximize performance, energy efficiency and cost 
savings. Eaton lighting solutions serve customers in the commercial, industrial, retail, institutional, residential, utility and other markets. 


Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.


Eaton is a power management company with 2016 sales of $19.7 billion. We provide energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 95,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit

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