The Lighting Quotient, in conjunction with the Illuminating Engineers Society (IES), launched the Sylvan Shemitz Memorial Scholarship to help foster the education of students entering the lighting field and encourage thinking around energy efficiency.
Each year, the scholarship grants $2,500 to one student who demonstrates creativity, vision and knowledge in the field of architectural lighting. To enter, students crafted complete lighting design plans based on specifications provided by The Lighting Quotient and IES, and wrote a statement detailing their lighting concept. This year’s lighting plan focused on providing functional, aesthetically pleasing, and sustainable lighting solutions for the Top Health Assisted Living Center in West Haven, CT.
“This scholarship means a lot to me personally,” said Allison Schieffelin, CEO of The Lighting Quotient. “Not only was it named in honor of my father, Sy Shemitz, who was an innovator in the lighting industry, but it is my belief that today’s students will transform this field, focusing on the art, practicality and environmental benefits of light.”
This year’s scholarship recipient is Kate Sweater, a student at the Lighting Research Center in in Troy, New York. She was selected as the winner thanks to her mastery of the art and science of lighting design, her well thought out approach, and thorough documentation of installation schedules and manufacturer cut-sheets.
“We received a number of strong, thoughtful submissions this year and felt Ms. Sweater’s lighting plan best encapsulated the creativity and strategic solutions lighting can bring to any given facility,” said Schieffelin.