Lighting Design Competition Call for Submissions Announced

Como, Italy (PRWEB) January 08, 2015

Today, A Design Award & Competition has announced its final call for submissions for the 2013 Lighting Design Competition Category. The A’ (A-Prime) Lighting Products and Projects Design Competition is a specialized design competition open to both concept stage and realized lighting products, light sourcers, controls, still and interactive lighting projects by professional lighting designers and architects, product manufacturers and other business in this industry worldwide.

About the Lighting Design Award

The Aim of the Lighting Products and Projects Design Award is to attract the attention of lighting media, designers and architects to the winners business by means of creating publicity and dissemination and to separate awarded designers from the rest of the actors in the lighting industry by honoring them with a prestigious award.

Submission Process

Nominations are made through A Design Award & Competitions online submission platform. Results of the Lighting competition will be announced on 15 June 2013. Previous Lighting Award winners can be seen at and Interested parties could learn more about this competition by checking the Lighting design award website:

Benefits for Winners

In addition to the award winners kit which includes the award trophy, the annual yearbook, printed certificate in metal frame, award winners manual, free gala-night invitation for two people to the award ceremony, free participation and space allocation in the winners’ exhibition, free sales listing at SaloneDelDesigner, free utilization of DesignMediator services, inclusion in BuySellDesign Network, proof of creation service, free subscription to, free listing at DesignMegaStore, guaranteed publication through IDNN and DXGN Networks to 100+ magazines including Design Interviews & DM Design Magazine, press release preparation and distribution through specialized services, publicity and visibility through DesignMedia communications, feedbacks, judging and evaluation of entries by a respected jury panel, lifelong licensing of the award winners logo, A2 poster design and printing for exhibition, and many others such as inclusion in the World Design Rankings, all of which are provided with no further fees, winners of the A Design Award & Competition also receive Prestige and Honor.

About the A Design Awards

A’ Design Awards is a premier annual juried design competition that honors the best designers, architects, engineers, design studios and design oriented companies worldwide to provide them publicity, fame and recognition. Every year, projects that focus on innovation, technology, design and creativity are awarded with the A’ Award. Learn more at:

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Renowned Industry Experts to Judge Workplace of the Future Global Student Competition

(PRWEB) July 10, 2012

Fentress Architects is thrilled to announce the esteemed members of the Final Jury for the 2012 Fentress Global Challenge, an international competition for architecture and interior design students to present their vision for the Workplace of the Future.

The Fentress Global Challenge is an annual international idea competition created to engage students worldwide in the exploration of future design possibilities in public architecture. For the second annual competition, the studio invites architecture and interior design students to share innovative ideas about the future of workplace architecture, considering:

Esteemed Bank Executive Says Interbank Competition is the Cause for High Australian Mortgage Rates and Not the Euro Debt Crisis

Perth, Western Australia (PRWEB) June 13, 2012

The Mortgage Gallery Rockingham, in light of new reports showing that high interest rates are caused by the competition of banks, has announced that it is improving its roster of products and services, including its home loans in Kwinana and Rockingham, as well as its Cockburn home loans.

In a statement released by Cameron Clyne, the chief executive of National Australia Bank (NAB), the debt crisis in Europe is not the one which should be blamed for the upsurge in mortgage rates in Australia. Instead, he said that it is the fierce competition between banks which have raised interest rates accordingly.

“What is happening in Europe is not having an impact on our cost of funding today because we can always sit out of the [wholesale debt] market for a period,” Clyne said.

In its latest move, NAB lowered its deposit rates by 50 basis points which is equivalent to the rate cut imposed by the Reserve Bank of Australia on May. But other banks have maintained their high deposit rates in the hope of capturing a wider share of the savings market.

The NAB chief executive, aside from being known as the designer behind the breakup marketing strategy, is also known for his decision to avoid billions of dollars worth in write-downs when he closed the NAB Capital and instead traded out collateralised debt obligations, as well as refusing to take a write down of the British operations of his bank.

In defending his moves, Clyne said: “The only person that benefits from writing off the UK is me. If you took a $ 3 billion to $ 4 billion loss, that is a real loss of wealth to shareholders and people tend to forget it is a genuine hit.”

But the NAB executive admits that his actions that were meant to balance the interests of investors, the government and customers, may not be entirely accepted by others. In addition, he says that all the debate about imposed interest rates will not help at all.

Clyne said, “I am not defending bank profits. If society thinks our profits should be half [what they are], I don’t have a problem as long as we also debate what the implications would be in terms of ratings and dividends and access to overseas money.”

With its strategies designed to deviate from the norms in the industry, NAB has been getting much attention from the market which is considerably good news for the institution, considering that the banking industry, as a whole, received wide public disapproval.

As of this time, NAB is the first bank to have put down fees, thereby winning over the support of the public. Concurrently, it has also committed itself to providing the lowest mortgage rates, as well as lesser rack-rate discounting.

In accordance with these developments, The Mortgage Gallery Rockingham has declared that it will continue working with leading lending institutions that can provide reasonable and affordable home loans in Cockburn, Rockingham, Kwinana and other similar transactions within the greater Perth area – all for the benefit of its current and prospective clients.

The Mortgage Gallery Rockingham is a mortgage broking firm composed of reputable and efficient mortgage brokers in Rockingham, Kwinana, Cockburn and other Perth areas. If you want to make inquiries, do not hesitate to give them call at (08) 9527 1800 or you can visit their site at

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Inspirare Fashion Design Competition Winner & Judge Favorites

Burlingame, CA (PRWEB) June 20, 2012

Social networking site,, launched in June with the goal to help emerging designers get exposure and launch their design careers.

How it works: Fashion designers create an Online Portfolio on INSPIRARE where they upload fashion sketches and images of the finished designs. Inspirare users browse through portfolios and Vote on their favorite designs. The most popular designs that are approved by the Inspirare team will be produced and sold exclusively on Inspirare provides 100% funding and share generous royalty with designers.

Fashion designers are encouraged to continuously Submit Designs to to their portfolios as Inspirare will produce the best items from portfolios regularly and sell them at the Inspirare Shop (scheduled to launch in September).

The site launched with a Fashion Design Competition, which closed in May. There were over 150 submissions from 23 countries for the competition.

After intense deliberation, the Inspirare team and their Inspirare Judge Panel agreed on the winning design. Fashion designer Alejandra de Coss of Puebla, Mexico won the competition for her design, Miss Marble. will produce the dress and sell it exclusively on their eCommerce store. Designer Alejandra de Coss will receive 20% royalty on the sales.

Inspirares fashion director, Kate Blank, has this to say about the Miss Marble dress, You can see this dress is a nod to several trends such as peplums, cutouts and sheer paneling; but it’s exploring them in a unique way. The dress offers both an interesting print and a two tone colorway allowing us to see it’s versatility and well placed design lines. I also really love the presentation of her fashion illustration. All the images in this design submission are visually interesting and serve a purpose. I think the Miss Marble dress will be a piece that many different women will lust after as it’s a perfect party or event dress.

Inspirare Judge, Lorraine Sanders, of SF Indie Fashion, Digital Style Digest, and San Francisco Chronicle column Style Bytes favored Anca Mirons design RDVB.

Lorraine says, The multi-wear possibilities of this design immediately got my attention. While its an urbane look that would most likely appeal to a customer who already loves to take risks with fashion, theres a great deal of versatility in the cut and shape of the garments. They could fit in as easily on the streets of Stockholm as they could in New York or Tokyo. The creativity in the construction, versatility and global appeal made this look stand out.

RDVB by Anca Miron scored high enough by the judges that it may be considered for production by

Style Bust founder and Inspirare Judge, Nikki Lindgren fell in love with Texas based Crowned Birds Pipit Pencil Shirt.

Nikki says, The Pipit Pencil Skirt print is so original, yet so commercial. The cut will be flattering for many body types and the length is just right. I think Crowned Bird did a great job with this skirt. As soon as this skirt is worn on the streets it’s going to be a quick hit!

Pipit Pencil Skirt by Crowned Bird scored high enough by the judges that it may be considered for production by

Academy of Art University Style Coordinator and Inspirare Judge, Flore Morton, is a fan of Denis Predescus Pink Architecture dress.

Flore says, The dress is urban but sophisticated. The construction is very architectural, and is perfectly executed. The choice of fabrics and colors is modern, and gives a new spin on color blocking. The garment proposes a true personal vision from the designer. The photo shoot communicates a good taste level and a simplicity that balances well the dressy garment. I regret that the 2D drawing is not as strong as the dress itself.

Pink Architecture by Denis Predescu scored high enough by the judges that it may be considered for production by

Finally, Kate Blank, of Inspirare picks her favorite design, A Dream of Black & White, by Kacii.

Kate has this to say about the design, I really love the jacket within this design submission. The designer has used draping and the folds of the fabric in a really beautiful and interesting way. To me it looks like some sort of carefully folded piece of origami. It’s not only innovative and technically beautiful, but really wearable and chic.

All designs submitted to can be viewed within the Discover section of the site.

Complete list of 30 winners for Inspirare Launch Design Competition:


Alejandra De Coss, Miss Marble


Ioana Ciolacu, Can’t Touch This Sweater

Melissa Christianson, Grace Dress

Mau Alfaro, Beauty Monster Skirt

Denis Predescu, Pink Architectural

Ioana Ciolacu, Oblio Dress


Studio NTK, Jumpsuit

Veritee Hill, La’Aprel


Melissa Christianson, Grace Cape

APJ, Monster Hospital

Crowned Bird, King Fisher Suit

Anca Miron,TSO = Trousers,

NewSchool of Architecture and Design Team Wins First Place at International Competition

San Diego (PRWEB) May 11, 2012

A NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) team won the MCM Group Mock Firms International Skyscraper Award, the highest honor in the international 2012 Mock Firms Competition collegiate division held in Chicago May 34. The undergraduate team, which also won the titles of Top Sustainable Mock Firm and Top Architecture Mock Firm, was among six finalist teams in the competitions college division, formally called the International Skyscraper division. The finalists also included a second NSAD team composed of graduate students.

The fourth annual Mock Firms Competition was held by Chicago Architecture Today, an LLC online publication reporting on architecture in Chicago and beyond. The winning team members, who named their mock firm Capsule Architecture Lab, are all undergraduate students in NSADs Bachelor of Architecture program: Monika Banakaite, Wilfred Briones, Brandon Nash, Lam Thanh Nguyen and Carlos Sandoval. The groups NSAD faculty mentor was Raul Diaz, an associate with Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects. As the overall winner of the competition, the student team receives a $ 1,000 prize sponsored by the MCM Group International, an award-winning studio of planners and architects that has developed more than 2,000 projects around the world. Their primary practice areas include sustainable design, leisure and tourism and cultural and heritage projects.

The other NSAD finalist team, SALT (Sustainable: Architecture: Landscape: Technology), was made up of graduate students in the Master of Architecture program: Ann Capinguian, Kevin Colbert, Daniel Kwak and Rodrigo Villalon. The groups NSAD faculty mentor was Daniela Deutsch of the architecture firm exitecture.

We are proud of our two student teams that demonstrated as finalists the quality and professionalism that we encourage in all our students, said NSAD President Steve Altman. At NSAD we have made global experience part of our mission. This competition, with its focus on a hypothetical project in China, was an opportunity for our students to show how they can successfully apply their technical and creative backgrounds at an international level.

The competition, which includes a separate category for secondary school students, provides students with practice in creating and participating in a simulated architectural design firm in preparation for the work environment. Other finalist teams at the collegiate level were from Cornell University, Drexel University, Higher Technical School of Architecture (Spain), and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. NSAD was the only school in this years college competition with more than one team represented in the finals.

For the competition, the collegiate teams developed a mock design/build firm and prepared a project proposal for a skyscraper based on the competitions theme of versatility, which was defined as varied building uses and adaptability. The site of the conceptual project was Beijing, China. During the final competition, teams pitched their design concepts directly to some of the industrys leading design/build professionals to receive immediate feedback and critique. The collegiate teams competed in the categories of marketing, construction, organization, engineering, architecture and sustainability, in addition to the top overall mock firm.

About NewSchool of Architecture and Design

NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD), founded in 1980, is located in San Diego, California. NSAD is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). ACICS is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. NSADs Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture and Executive Master of Architecture programs are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). NSAD also offers a pre-professional Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, a Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Arts, a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, a Master of Landscape Architecture, a Master of Construction Management and a Master of Science in Architecture. NSAD was ranked among the top 10 undergraduate architecture schools in the western United States, according to the DesignIntelligence report Americas Best Architecture & Design Schools 2012. For more information, visit

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New Book Examines Strategies to Protect Brands Using Trademark and Unfair Competition Law

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 18, 2012

Brand infringements and other trade identity threats are increasing at an alarming rate in todays Internet and celebrity-driven society, according to the authors of a new book that offers strategies for protecting and enhancing those brands.

Jonathan S. Jennings and J. Michael Monahan, in their new book, Trademarks and Unfair Competition: Critical Issues in the Law, focus on the most important issues facing businesses and individuals in preventing their hard-won brands from being preyed upon through infringement or unfair practices.

We wanted to create something that used our experience to help businesses, individuals or attorneys have a greater understanding not only of the risks and problems that they face, but of the best strategies to combat the infringement, Jennings said.

“In many cases a companys brand is its chief asset,” said Monahan, “so it is critical that a business know where the greatest risk is coming from, and then how to best protect against it.”

The book covers such topics as trademark dilution law; the protection of brand names on the Internet, including domain names; enforcement options against gray goods; identity rights; and strategies and other guidance for navigating the federal trademark registration process.

Both Jennings and Monahan are partners with Chicago law firm Pattishall McAuliffe.

Jennings, a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, has counseled clients in a broad cross-section of industries on various aspects of intellectual property law.

Monahan, a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Law, focuses primarily on trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, and helps his clients establish, develop and protect their brand assets.

Trademarks and Unfair Competition: Critical Issues in the Law is available online at

About Pattishall McAuliffe

The law firm of Pattishall McAuliffe counsels clients on all aspects of brand protection, providing Litigation and enforcement advocacy, strategic planning for brand development, counseling on internet business development, due diligence for the sale or acquisition of trademarks, advertising clearance and representation in advertising disputes, copyrights, trade dress, trade secrets, right of publicity, social media practices, and implementation of domestic and inter national trademark protection and brand development strategies. Since its founding in 1883, the firm has defended some of the most valuable brands in the world.

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