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    Santiago Bautista, first prize winner of CLUE 04 Competition attends Lightfair 2018

    June 5, 2018


    Last March, Santiago Bautista, a Spanish architect now working in Denmark won the first prize of the CLUE 04 Competition for his project entitled SOL (Suspended Omni Light). Along with his prize money, Santiago also received a stipend to travel to Chicago to attend Lightfair International 2018, that was held on May 08 – 10 in the windy city. Lightfair is the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference. No need to say that for young professionals, like this year’s winner, it was an exciting experience to discover the latest innovative lighting designs and technologies.

    Santiago Baurista
    Here a recap of Santiago’s experience at Lightfair and what he had to say after his trip to Chicago:
    It has been a fantastic experience to attend Lightfair, not only for the content of the exhibition and conferences but also for the size and international aspect of the event. It was really impressive to see how the best minds and top knowledge in the lighting industry were gathered in a common space for a few days.

    Lightifair 2018 trade show
    Not only did Santiago have access to the trade show, he also had access to the different conferences offered by Lightfair.
    The conferences were very valuable as they were held by some of the leading professionals in the lighting industry. The focus was very pragmatic and experience based, which made them not only interesting but useful.

    Lightfair 2018 entrance
    Obviously, Santiago visited the Signify booth (formally Philips Lighting).
    It was very interesting to see some of their latest products and solutions. For example, there was a camera streaming live from a room in another state of the US and we were able to control the color and intensity of its lights from the Signify booth in Chicago.

    Signify booth
    Along with some of the CLUE board members Santiago also attended the ceremony for the 35th Annual International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) International Lighting Design Awards.
    The IALD dinner was a really interesting event. I had the chance to meet some of the members of the CLUE and Philips Lighting employees. I also had the chance to see some of the best lighting projects for 2017 during the awards ceremony.

    And lastly, we were curious to hear from Santiago what he will take away from his trip to Chicago. Here’s what he had to say:
    I have learned a lot about the rapidly changing lighting industry, from the very technological aspects like how IoT will be a game changer in the future of lighting commissioning to more human aspects like how lighting affects our perception for the dining experience.

    Lightfair 2018 Chicago

    Overall, it is safe to say that it has been a wonderful experience for him and he was very thankful to the CLUE and to Signify for this fantastic opportunity.

    We hope this article will encourage young students and professionals alike to submit innovative lighting concepts for our next CLUE Competition.

    If you want to learn more on the winners of the CLUE Competition Edition 04, please read the interviews here:



    We will soon be publishing our Interview with the 3rd Prize Winner.


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    architect, clue 04 competition, iald, iot, led technology, lightfair 2018, lighting design, lighting industry, santiago bautista, signify

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