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IALD, of Ideas En Luz; and Glenn Shrum, IALD, of FLUX Studio. Through individual research, professional experience and case studies, the speakers examined situations where darkness may or may not be desirable and explore the lighting designer’s work in relation to darkness.


The Science track featured a very humorous and informative presentation by Tad Trylski entitled ‘Lies, Damn Lies, and Photometrics’ (see Tad’s article after this) about the perils of manufacturer performance indicators in lighting specification. Lighting Hollywood’s Photoreal Digital Actors by Paul Debevec, USC Institute for Creative Technologies, was a fascinating insight into LED-based ‘Light Stage’ facial scanning systems, which have helped produce photoreal digital actors for movies such as Spider Man 2, Avatar and Life of Pi.


This year marked the third year of the Emerging Lighting Design Professionals Initiative, a program launched in 2011 by the Lighting Industry Resource Council (LIRC). Envisioned to assist design firms in providing professional development for junior staff, the program financially supports designers within their first five years of on-the-job practice to attend IALD Enlighten Americas.


The 52 designers who joined seasoned lighting professionals in Montréal would otherwise not have been able to attend the conference. “The emerging designers program was a fantastic opportunity to meet more people at my age and experience level,” said one attendee. Other emerging designers enjoyed the ability to connect with more seasoned professionals: “[I met] talented, brilliant, passionate people, with which to grow my career.”


The LIRC also provided a reception for Emerging Lighting Designers and supporters of the program on the evening of Thursday, 3 October. This reception allowed designers and supporters to meet and network with participants from around the world. The popular Lighting Cross Talk session, held on Friday afternoon, allowed qualified lighting specifiers two full hours to meet with manufacturers. Twenty-two manufacturers and more than 160 specifiers participated in the session. Lighting Cross Talk is held in a round-table format to allow for fast-paced information gathering. Manufacturers set up at separate tables in a large ballroom and have 20-25 minutes to speak to five or more specifiers at a time. Manufacturers take this time to introduce new products, get feedback on existing products and discuss other specifier concerns.


This year’s specifiers said they loved the rapid-fire session format, with one attendee remarking, “I am always surprised how fast two hours can go by.” Specifiers also value the opportunity to speak to representatives from multiple companies. Cross Talk is a great opportunity for frank, direct communication with manufacturers - if products need tweaking or don’t work as intended, specifiers can provide feedback based on their experiences and be heard. One attendee said Cross Talk is the “best way to get your needs to the manufacturers.”


At the end of each day’s sessions and events, four generous sponsors hosted evening networking events for conference attendees. On Wednesday evening, Lumenpulse hosted a pre-conference reception at their beautiful warehouse headquarters outside of the Montréal city centre. The party invited attendees to “be a Lumenjack”, offering an evening of “modern Canadiana”, which turned out to feature a tasty specialty cocktail, snacks boasting Canadian delicacies and a whole lot of plaid. The official kick-off for the conference was hosted by Eaton’s Cooper Lighting on Thursday evening in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency. The dinner featured favorite local vendors, a local band, and opportunities for great conversation. The Thursday President’s Reception also featured the unveiling of the student LightPlay projects, a mini-fundraiser for the IALD Education Trust.


Acuity Brands hosted guests Friday evening at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal for a cocktail party. Guests circulated through the hotel to view beautiful art while enjoying drinks, snacks, and an exciting acrobatic show from Cirque Fantastic, a unique performance troupe combining dance, acrobatics, and a little comedy. This year’s Saturday Gala was all about elegance. Philips Lighting rented both floors of the beautiful Cavalli Ristorante in the heart of downtown Montréal. Guests enjoyed energetic conversations about the conference over dinner while enjoying drinks and listening to the tunes of the Blush quartet. A delightful wrap-up to an exciting conference.


The IALD is seeking experts to present at Enlighten Americas 2014, to be held 16-18 October 2014 at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa in San Diego, CA USA. Visit iald.me/ EnAm14CFP to start your online submission. www.iald.org


IALD Honours 2013


As a fundamental annual touchstone for members of the IALD, Enlighten Americas is an important opportunity for the association to recognise special volunteers and contributors to its success.


The IALD inducted four members to the IALD College of Fellows. The IALD Fellows designation is awarded to members of the IALD for valuable contribution to the art and science of lighting design, and for their continued service to the IALD. Fellows are profes- sional members with a minimum of ten years of experience.


The following Fellows were formally inducted at Enlighten Americas 2013:


ROBERT SHOOK, FIALD Schuler Shook


Chicago, Illinois USA


JANET MOYER, FIALD Jan Moyer Design Troy, New York USA


KATHY ABERNATHY, FIALD Abernathy Lighting Design Providence, Rhode Island USA


Shook, founding Partner of architectur- al lighting and theatre consulting firm Schuler Shook, is a creative and skillful design collaborator whose philosophy of lighting remains firmly focused on enhancing the experience of architec- ture. Moyer’s practice has included interior, commercial, and residential lighting, but her emphasis shifted to landscape lighting in 1983. She is the author of the internationally acclaimed profes- sional book on the subject of landscape lighting titled The Landscape Lighting Book and is heavily involved with the Landscape Lighting Institute, an educa- tional non-profit lighting course. Abernathy’s lighting experience encompasses both architectural and theatrical lighting design. For the last 23 years Abernathy has studied and applied the Art and Sciences of the Illuminating Engineering world. These efforts have proven successful with a portfolio that includes National and International award winning designs. Abernathy Lighting Design was estab- lished in 2001.


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