KPU interior design student and her BCIT teammate emerge as winners

Judi Babcock KPUTrainVancouver: Illuminating Engineering Society  BC (IESBC)hosted the first Student Lighting Design Competition on May 24, 2014 where students worked in teams to create a lighting solution for a public art sculpture. The annual Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) of B.C.’s Vision Awards Gala was held on June 11.

Fourth-year KPU student Judith Babcock and her BCIT teammate Irene Lun won first prize at SHINE: the IES’s student lighting design competition which challenges students to come up with a design concept to light an existing local art sculpture.

The winning art piece was revealed at the last minute to be a train model. Students were given four hours to design exterior lighting for sculptor Bruce Voyce’s “Search Engine” – an installation at Burnaby’s Holdom SkyTrain station The steel art, standing 9ft high and 6ft wide, is a memorial to a legend which tells of a train engine disappearing in to the soft soil of Still Creek while the train engineers went on a break. The artwork is hollow to represent the missing engine and its mesh body provides a semi-transparent ghostlike appearance.

“I’m truly thrilled to share the first ever SHINE competition with my teammate Irene. It’s always an honour to represent KPU in competitions like this, and I’d especially like to thank the local IES chapter, our industry supporters and Kwantlen’s amazing faculty and staff for their unwavering support,” said Babcock, who studies at KPU Richmond.


The mentors and judges  for this year’s IESBC event were Victor Quezada, Sean Casey, Lilian Ortiz, Kevin Sumner, Jorge Lujan, Ian Ashdown, Jason Zhang.