Cooper Lighting Solutions Announces Winners of 43rd Annual SOURCE Awards

August 3, 2020

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (August 3, 2020) – 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.

For more than 40 years, the SOURCE Awards have recognized emerging talent in lighting 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 + Design 
Project Name: Mini Metropolis
Instructor: Seongwoo Nam 

Honorable Mention – Emma Burkhart, Appalachian State University
Project Name: The Tower Restaurant
Instructor: Jeanne Mercer-Ballard 

Honorable Mention – Melissa Santos Romo, University of Texas at San Antonio 
Project Name: Hidden Spa
Instructor: Jae Yong Suk 

Honorable Mention – Yin Weng, Ringling College of Art + Design
Project Name: Cyber Bar
Instructor: Seongwoo Nam 

Honorable Mention – Tak Ying Chan, Pratt Institute
Project Name: In-Wave Bar
Instructor: Michael Zuckerman

Award of Recognition – Jillian DePinto, Appalachian State University
Project Name: “Burdock,” a Turkish Restaurant
Instructors: Jeanne Mercer-Ballard, Carol Hall  

Award of Recognition – Chloe Harlan, Ringling College of Art + Design 
Project Name: The House of Sage
Instructor: Seongwoo Nam 

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

About Cooper Lighting Solutions

At Cooper Lighting Solutions, we build forward-thinking lighting solutions that make people’s lives safer, while making buildings, homes and cities smarter and more sustainable. We deliver an industry-leading portfolio of indoor and outdoor lighting, lighting controls and smart lighting systems. 

We question, we seek and we solve. Because building a better world means asking tough questions and pushing harder for answers. Together with our customers, we create solutions that build a better world. At Cooper Lighting Solutions, we push past the ordinary to build brighter. 

Cooper Lighting Solutions is a business unit of Signify, the world leader in lighting. Together we have a shared purpose to unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world.

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