What is L A M P?

L A M P (Lighting Architecture Movement Project) is a one-of-a-kind international lighting design competition & exhibition held yearly in Vancouver, B.C.  L A M P provides an opportunity for up-and-coming lighting designers to showcase their talents in a unique conceptual exploration of light in an exhibit setting.

When was L A M P established and who are the founders?

L A M P started in 2013 by Vancouver artists Annika Siemsen and Nicole Fox.

When is the L A M P 2018 event?

Tuesday, September 18, 2018. 7pm-late

L A M P’s BALANCE Exhibition Awards Gala will kick off this year's IDS Vancouver Offsite Programming. Entry to the L A M P Opening Gala is included in the Offsite wristband – the ticket option that gives you unlimited access to all offsite talks, installations and after parties, as well as the show floor itself during the weekend. Very limited quantities are available – get yours today before they sell out!

Buy Your IDS Offsite Wristband Here!

Where is the L A M P event?

L A M P 2018 will be held at INFORM Contract - 405 Railway St, Vancouver, BC


Can we buy tickets for the opening event at the door? 

Yes. You can purchase your wristbands (that will also permit your entry into other IDS Offsite events) at the door. Though we recommend purchasing online in advance to ensure your entry. 

What can we see at this year’s event?  The exhibit will feature 20 original jury-selected lighting entries from around the globe from the Emerging and Established Categories. There will also be a feature presentation that speaks to the theme "balance" and addresses the 'movement' part of 'Lighting Architecture Movement Project'.

What about the top ten Student designs, why are they not on display?

Student submissions to the L A M P Competition are only required to submit renderings or simple concept designs of a light and are not required to have a functioning prototype. The top then student designs will be printed in the free program available at the event.

Can we view the L A M P exhibition if we don't attend the event?

Yes! Other Opening Hours (Open to the Public by Donation) are as follows:

Wednesday Sept 19 - Friday Sept 21 2PM - 6PM (at Inform Contract as listed above).

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the Sept 18 event? This is an all ages private event where beer & wine will be sold. ID is required to purchase drink tickets. 

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? Street parking and there is a pay parking lot on the corner of Dunlevy and Railway Street. We recommend taxis.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable? Yes. Please have print out or show ticket on mobile device to be scanned.

Why celebrate L A M P?

L A M P is an opportunity to learn about design and connect with global architecture and design communities while experiencing a truly unique event to Vancouver.


How does L A M P work?

Designers receive a thematic word to interpret in their own way and have nine months to conceptualize their design for the judging process. The 2017/2018 theme is: Balance.

(2016: Cosmic. 2015: Crystallize. 2014: Fibre. 2013 each participant was given their own word.)

What is the difference between each category?

There are 3 categories: Established, Emerging and Student. Emerging designers have been a practicing designer for less than three years and are not in school. Established designers have had an established career for more than three years. Students are currently in school for design.

What do the judges base their decisions on?

Decisions are based on a set evaluation ranging from aesthetics, marketability, innovation, and unique interpretation of each year’s theme.

How can I find out more about the L A M P 2017/2018 Competition?

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