The following instructions and guidelines will be in reference to the Professional Competition. All competitors who registers or submits an application for consideration agrees with the conditions, guidelines and process for this competition outlined in this document.
In order to register each applicant/team must register on the website LAlightstheway.org using the online registration form.
Once the registration is submitted you will receive an email with a unique identification number and instructions on how to complete the registration process.
For professional design applicants, a $250 entry fee payable to the City of Los Angeles, Bureau of
Street Lighting must be submitted to the City to complete the registration process.
Note: For students and professional students, there is no entry fee.
The email with your unique identification number will provide you with these instructions.
Registration and the submittal of the entry fee must be completed by January 10, 2020 5:00pm (pst).
Below is the anticipated timeline that may be adjusted throughout the competition. If any adjustments are made to the timeline all competitors will be notified by email.
November 20, 2019
Official launch of the L.A. Lights the Way competition website www.LALightstheWay.org goes live with competition brief and entry instructions
January 10, 2020
Deadline for applicants to complete the registration process, including entry fee
Week of March 6, 2020
Professional Student Competition Design Submittals due
Student Competition Design Submittals due
Stage I Professional Design Proposals due
March 16, 2020
Shortlist of up to four finalists announced to advance to Stage II
Week of March 16, 2020
Stage II begins. Technical Review Panel meets to consider finalists' proposals
April 1, 2020
Feedback from Technical Review Panel is sent to finalists and jury
May 25, 2020
Stage II proposals due
Week of May 25, 2020
Jury meets to review Stage II proposals
Announcement of winning design
The L.A. Lights the Way design competition features three levels of competition.
Each applicant that advances to Stage II will be named a Finalist in the competition. Each Finalist team will be expected to refine its proposal and respond to feedback from the Technical Review Panel. After Stage II is complete, one applicant will be named the winner of the L.A. Lights the Way competition and awarded a one-time cash prize of $70,000. The other Finalists will receive an award of $5,000 as the runner-ups. In addition, two Honorable Mention winners, chosen after the first round for design excellence but not advanced to Stage II, will receive an award.
Professional Student Category
Professional Student category: A total of two professional student entries will be chosen to receive Inspirational Awards which will include a cash prize of $1,000 each for teams of students enrolled in undergraduate (two- or four-year) or graduate programs at the college or university level. Please note that each entry will receive the same award regardless of how many members make up its team. The award amounts will be sent to the school who will distribute the cash award to the student.
The announcement for the award is estimated to be in June 2020. All applicants received will be notified if they got the award through email. The winners will be notified through email and invited to the Board of Public Works for their award and prize. If the winner cannot attend the prize and award will be sent through the school.
A total of no more than five student entries will be chosen to receive Inspirational Awards, which will include a cash prize of $500 each. The award amounts will be sent to the school who will distribute the cash award to the student. The announcement for the award is estimated to be June 2020. The winners will be notified through email and invited to the Board of Public Works for their award and prize. If the winner cannot attend the prize and award will be sent through the school.
The advisor for this competition may be reached at LAlightstheway@lacity.org. The competition advisor will be responsible to monitor the progress of the competition, conduct an open house event, answer any questions from competitors, issue clarifications, and give instructions to the jury.
Applicants will remain anonymous during the full extent of the review process. All applicants must use the identification number given to them during the registration process for Stage I and the identification number given to them by the Competition Advisor for Stage II. No member of the jury shall be in communication with any competitor after March 6, 2020. Any competitor who attempts to contact a juror will be disqualified from the competition.
Ownership, copyright, and patent
The City of Los Angeles, its departments, boards, commissions, successors and assigns retains the right to use the winning streetlight design in the City of Los Angeles. The winning design may be used for manufacturing by the City at its discretion. The City may make adjustments to the final design to account for manufacturing or other issues. The finalists and the winner will be given credit on the Bureau of Street Lighting’s Website and in press releases announcing the results.
All drawings, materials submitted in either Stage of the competition shall become the property of the City of Los Angeles, its departments, boards, commissions, successors and assigns without restriction or limitation of their use. The competitor waives all rights for future compensation for or use of the artwork submitted. All submissions must be accompanied by Attachment C: Ownership of Materials.