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Friday, October 9

10:30am EDT

PROFESSIONAL TOOLS : Lighting Experience Design Takes Flight
Join us as we explore an approach to lighting experience design in one of the most confined and stressful places on earth ... the airplane. This approach is one that is deeply rooted in the needs, desires, and cultural fabric of people. Bernadette Berger will discuss the importance of an empathetic understanding of the users, and how these needs can change over time. Moving beyond quantitative measures, we will look at examples of experiential measures of success as guiding principles. The lighting experience designer can then fail, iterate, and innovate by removing titles and trading hats often. Bernadette will share examples of how thinking through making can open up possibilities for exploratory discovery and insightful solutions. You will walk away with a clear outline of how lighting experience design can influence your practice, and a new perspective on the crucial, but supportive role lighting has to play in holistically designed experiences.

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Bernadette Berger

Senior Industrial Designer, Teague
Bernadette Berger designs your future flight experiences. She is a Senior Industrial Designer with Teague, a global design consultancy with a near 70 year history of designing aircraft interiors. In her time at Teague she has developed premium architecture for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner... Read More →

Friday October 9, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
Rooms: Key 3 + 4

11:40am EDT

PROFESSIONAL TOOLS : The 60 Minute Project Manager

In a lighting design practice of any size, adopting professional project management techniques can bring remarkable improvements in productivity and profitability.

 Distilled down from a full four-day course, this fast-paced romp through the essentials of project management delivers the concentrated highlights – concepts, terminology, and the tools and techniques most useful for the specific challenges faced by lighting designers.

Based on an internationally accepted, standard syllabus, topics covered include: stakeholder management, scope control, configuration management and change control, estimating, risk management, close-out, and many others… all in an hour!

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Tad Trylski Associate IALD

Lighting Designer and Consultant, Independent Lighting Designer
Tad Trylski is an independent designer with over 20 years of widely varied experience in lighting – graduate of the University of Birmingham's School of Engineering and The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.  Professional work divided between the worlds... Read More →

Friday October 9, 2015 11:40am - 12:40pm EDT
Rooms: Key 3 + 4

2:00pm EDT

PROFESSIONAL TOOLS : Designing the Perfect Hire

Successful managers know that finding the right people can make or break a firm. Mistakes can be expensive, not only in a monetary sense but in terms of staff morale. Join principals from two illustrious firms—Helen Diemer, FIALD, principal and president at the Lighting Practice, a lighting design practice based in Philadelphia and Sara Lappano, principal in the SmithGroupJJR engineering group in Washington, DC —in an interactive engaging session as they discuss what they look for when hiring that has made their firms so successful. Helen and Sara will not only share what they’ve done right but also what they’ve done wrong so you can learn from their mistakes.

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Helen Diemer

President, The Lighting Practice, Inc.
Helen Diemer joined The Lighting Practice in 1994 and became a principal of the firm in 1996 and president and majority shareholder in 2009. She has more than 30 years of experience designing lighting for a variety of public, corporate, university, healthcare, and retail environments... Read More →
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Sara Lappano

Principal, Electrical Engineer, SmithGroupJJR
Sara Lappano draws on a wide base of experience in lighting design, electrical engineering, and construction for every project she works on. Her background in lighting design allows Sara to apply the highest aesthetic standards to her work, while her experience in the design of electrical... Read More →

Friday October 9, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Rooms: Key 3 + 4
Saturday, October 10

9:00am EDT

PROFESSIONAL TOOLS : Agents of Change for Lighting Education

Lighting education faces new and exciting challenges and we face a unique opportunity to develop stronger critical design discipline. Design studies across disciplines are adapting to complex problems and changing contexts and aim at preparing students to understand, contribute to, and succeed in a rapidly changing society. Nowadays, curricular models offer content and structures to incubate skill sets beyond those offered by traditional curricula such as resource conservation, sustainable practices, community participation, and collaborative problem solving. What qualities should lighting education manifest? The speaker will illustrate how we can learn from current trends and demonstrate how a more widespread fluency in light– e.g. the physics of light and materials, the physiology of vision and light and health- complements a renewed understanding of what constitutes “design.”


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Nathalie Rozot Educator IALD

Founder, PhoScope
Nathalie Rozot is the recipient of prestigious awards, grants and fellowships, and she is the founder of PhoScope, think tank on light.. She has taught lighting in several international masters programs since 2000. She is part-time professor at Parsons where she teaches thesis, and... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Rooms: Key 3 + 4

10:30am EDT

PROFESSIONAL TOOLS : Communicating Design

How does the lighting designer communicate design – through words, drawings, and photographs. Words are the instruments that describe content, drawings communicate intent, and photographs capture the built environment. Join our panel as they discuss these three ways of communicating to convey design concepts and market yourself to prospective clients and employers, especially in our fast paced mobile society. Dwayne Waggoner will discuss the language of light and how its evolution is essential to the profession; Charles Thompson, IALD, a lighting designer and architect with 30 years of practice, will demonstrate lighting drawings from conceptual sketches to details; and Emad Hasan, Associate IALD, will discuss the importance of photography and its ability to evoke powerful emotions.

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Emad Hasan Associate IALD

Associate, The Lighting Practice, Inc.
Emad Hasan joined The Lighting Practice in 2005 after graduating from The Pennsylvania State University where he obtained a Bachelor in Architectural Engineering with an emphasis in Lighting Design and also a Minor in Architectural Studies.  Emad has a keen interest in art and photography... Read More →


Charles Thompson, IALD, founder and Vice President of ARCHILLUME, is a Fellow in the AIA and an interior designer. He is a professional member of the International Association of Lighting Designers and a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society. He is one of the first lighting... Read More →
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Dwayne Waggoner

Lighting Designer, Lichtvision
Dwayne Waggoner studied engineering with an emphasis in architecture and structures at the California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obsipo. It was after graduating when he worked as an assistant to the lighting designer at John Levy Lighting Productions in Los Angeles that... Read More →

Saturday October 10, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Rooms: Key 3 + 4

1:30pm EDT

PROFESSIONAL TOOLS : Certified Lighting Designer Update

David Becker, Chair of the CLD Commission, will present on the importance, value and ambition of the Credential as a global mark of proficiency, followed by an interactive session taking designers through the steps of the application process.

The session is intended to give an overview of the CLD current status, and provide useful tips on how to approach an application, providing an opportunity for attendees to ask questions on the mechanics of submitting an application. 

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David Becker Associate IALD

David Becker Design
David’s career originated in the Visual Effects department of the BBC where he designed and built special devices for television programmes. His career evolved into Production Designer with London Weekend Television (LWT), as well as independent Art Director commissions in advertising. In... Read More →

CLD pptx

Saturday October 10, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Rooms: Key 3 + 4

2:40pm EDT

PROFESSIONAL TOOLS : Your Fee : Not What to Charge, But How to Figure It Out

To be a great lighting designer, you have to stay in business. To stay in business, you have to know how to formulate a fee proposal. This session will explore various methods of developing fee proposals such as Lump Sum, Hourly, Cost Plus, among others. Other less scientific models include "Gazing at the Stars"; "What the Traffic Will Bear" and "Including the Aggravation Factor”. This session will focus on how to determine your fee, not what to do. David Mintz managed a successful lighting design practice for forty years and will share with you what he learned and what he learned not to do.

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David Mintz FIALD

Founder and Principal, Lighting Consultant
David A. Mintz is the founder and principal of The Mintz Lighting Group Inc. He is a founder and Fellow of the IALD, served on the Board of Directors and was the first Chair of the College of Fellows. He is a recipient of the IALD Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Mintz is a Fellow... Read More →

Saturday October 10, 2015 2:40pm - 3:40pm EDT
Rooms: Key 3 + 4
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