Light Ideas Design Competition | ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science

Call for Designs

To achieve a renewable energy future, we aim to explore how novel solar materials and photovoltaic technologies can be integrated into new structures, building elements, furniture and other devices in the urban landscape.

The material that entrants are challenged to creatively integrate into their designs is the Luminescent Solar Concentrator (LSC). Luminescent Solar Concentrators as a material for innovative design and construction have properties very similar to a sheet of transparent coloured plastic or Perspex.  More details regarding LSCs can be found in the below downloadable full design brief.

The Exciton Science Light Ideas Design Competition will direct and encourage the next generation of architects and designers to prepare for a future in which LSC materials are widely available in our cities. Their perspective may help guide the scientific development direction of these materials further by proposing innovative uses of this emerging technology.

Design brief

Exciton Science’s light ideas competition challenges designers and architects to creatively and innovatively integrate Luminescent Solar Concentrator (LSC) materials into design forms for the urban landscape.Your design may resemble already existing urban structures, outdoor furniture, building elements and spaces or may reimagine the requirements for the urban landscape completely. However, the Luminescent Solar Concentrator and its unique properties should be showcased in your concept.

Design concepts should be ambitious and surprising, yet feasible.Please note this is an ideas competition and will not result in the winning designs being realized.

Good designs will:

  • Consider the material brief and characteristics
  • Explore how the material is used to maximise renewable energy potential
  • Be innovative, creative and ambitious
  • Have the ability to be feasily integrated into the urban environment

Full Design brief, T&Cs and Template for Entry submission

To be released in December...

Competition details


This competition is open for students and early career graduates (graduated in 2017 or later) in design/architecture related disciplines. Entrants may submit proposals as individuals or in a small team of three or less individuals.

Competition structure

Stage 1

Entrants will be required to submit a design proposal in the provided template, which will include the following elements;

  • a description of the type and material consideration of LSC panels

  • maximum 5 pages of drawings, sketches, renders or diagrams, describing the design intention, function and form of the intervention, including images speculating on the potential integration into the urban environment. 

10-12 entries will be shortlisted to proceed to stage 2 and will each receive $500 to continue.
An additional selection of entries will receive a commendation and be featured on our website.

Stage 2

The shortlisted entrants will be given feedback to implement into their designs for the next phase by
a mentoring panel of architects and researchers. All entrants from this stage will be featured in an
exhibition to be hosted in Melbourne in 2021 (details TBC).

One entrant will win the overall prize of $5000 to be awarded at an awards ceremony (details TBC).

Key dates

  • Stage 1 opens- 7 Dec
  • Stage 1 closes- 31 Jan
  • Stage 2 mentoring panels (online)- Week of 15-19 Feb
  • Stage 2 closes- 12 March
  • Awards night and exhibition launch (Melbourne)- Week of 22-26 March

Contacts and Jurors


Please contact Jasmine Lynch (Exciton Science Outreach officer) at if you have any questions.



The jurors for our Light Ideas Design Competition are researchers, architects and academics. 

Please note that this is not yet the complete list of jurors.

Prof. Timothy Schmidt
University of New South Wales
Dr Wallace Wong
University of Melbourne
Prof. Angèle Reinders
Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)