Top honors in the Professional Residential category went to Kaplan Gehring McCarroll Architectural Lighting  in El Segundo, CA, and lighting designers Kristy Benner and Martin van Koolbergen for the lighting design of a 6,000 sq. ft. private home in Beverly Hills, CA.
Van Koolbergen describes the home as very contemporary and very white, which presented some challenges for the lighting designers.
“There’s a great deal of white in the house, and when you’re dealing with very white surfaces, it can be difficult because different lighting manufacturers have different versions of what warm white light looks like, so we had to make sure they looked the same,” he says.
Van Koolbergen says he and others at his firm were thrilled to have won the award.
“It was an incredible honor to be recognized for the award based on the past winners and the history of the program itself,” he says. “We are very honored and very humbled to be a part of this elite group of winners.”
Also in the residential category, Robert Singer and Kim Quint of Robert Singer and Assoc. Inc.  in Basalt, CO, took home a Residential Honorable Mention Award for the 10,430 sq. ft. Top of Mill Residence (pictured), located in Aspen, CO. Singer describes this project as a modern mountain retreat.
“It was more of a contemporary rustic home, with a lot of contemporary lines in it, but it still used the vernacular of a rustic Colorado lodge,” Singer says. “We were able to create a glow or a blanket of light in the space by mixing and matching a lot of product to give you an overall feel that you have a sense of the lighting without it being obvious.”
Another Aspen home earned recognition for 186 Lighting Design Group Inc.  in Denver and lighting designers Gregg Mackell and Adam Beck, who took home an Award of for the 16,700 sq. ft. Mother Lode Residence.
Other winners in the commercial and student categories included:
• Professional Commercial Winner – Focus Lighting Inc.  in New York for the Mikimoto retail store located in Crystals at CityCenter in Las Vegas. The design team included Paul Gregory, Principal Designer; Juan Pablo Lira, Lighting Designer; Michael Cummings, Lighting Designer; Stephanie Daigle, Asst. Lighting Designer; Levia Lew, Assistant Lighting Designer; and Dan Nichols, Project Manager.
• Commercial Honorable Mention and Sustainable Design Award – Lighting Design Alliance  in Long Beach, CA, for the Herman Miller Showroom, which is the first LEED Platinum (Commercial Interiors) project in Los Angeles. The design team included Charles Israel, President, and lighting designers V.S.K. Varma Namburi, Jeremy Windle and Anne McMills.
• Commercial Award of Recognition – Focus Lighting Inc. in New York for the Ink48 hotel in New York. The design team for that project included Gregory; Christine Hope, Lighting Designer; Catherine Starmer, Assistant Lighting Designer; Melody Rosser, Project Manager; and Heath Hurwitz, Project Manager.
• Student Winner – Hiroki Usui of Washington State University in Spokane, WA, for his conceptual lighting design project titled FUEL Convenience Store/Gas Station.
• Student Honorable Mention Sustainable Design Award – Weng Hei Au of Washington State University for his project of a community store and café called The Spot. Both Usui and Au were under the direction of Judy Theodorson, Assistant Professor of Interior Design at Washington State University’s Interdisciplinary Design Institute.
• Student Creative Concept Award of Recognition – June L. Park from Parsons The New School For Design in New York for her Morningside Park Redux project that redesigned and illuminated an existing park and its buildings. Park was under the direction of Thomas Thompson, Associate Professor at Parsons.
• Student Award of Recognition – James Austin Gauley of Mississippi College in Clinton, MS, for his Common Grounds Coffee House project. Gauley was under the direction of Mandy Pickett, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Interior Design at Mississippi College.
Professional winners Focus Lighting, Inc. and KGM received a $2,000 monetary award. Student winner Hiroki Usui received $1,500 and Weng Hei Au was given $500 for his honorable mention award. All winners were presented with a crystal trophy and offered an invitation to attend a complimentary class at the SOURCE, Cooper Lighting’s education center.
Submissions are now being accepted for next year’s SOURCE Awards. Entries must predominantly use the Cooper Lighting brands and will be judged on aesthetics, creativity and technical performance. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 31, 2012, and winners will be announced in May 2012.