Lighting Designers’ Must-See Seminars at Lightfair 2012
To sort through the 72 different educational sessions and 100 presenters scheduled to appear at Lightfair International 2012, Lighting.com asked lighting designers and other professionals across the industry to recommend their top picks from the LF12 conference program. These design, manufacturing, sales, and service pros will attend Lightfair, May 7-11 in Las Vegas, seeking technology updates, professional tools, and inspiration itself.
This year’s courses, workshops, seminars, and design symposia cover a wide array of trending topics; and provide AIA, ASLA, BOMI, IDCEC, and IES accreditation (upon individual association approval). Sure, the Lightfair exhibit floor will showcase the latest and greatest product innovations, but it is the conference program that offers intelligence and insight.
Susan Huey Oster, principal of LIT Lighting Design won’t miss Doug Salin’s Photography “Boot Camp” for Lighting Industry Professionals, saying…
Doug has photographed my lighting design projects for 20 years. He is a technical artist with the camera, and learning some of those tools can enhance my portfolio and help my practice.
Archit Jain, principal at the newly formed Oculus Light Studio, recommends fellow lighting designer Glenn Shrum’s seminar on Sensory Enlightenment: Light Art and Lighting Design…
There are rare opportunities to delve into the theories and the physiological and psychological aspects of lighting design. Having experienced light art by James Turrell, Dan Flavin, and Robert Irwin first-hand, and seen the effect they can have to the human mind, it is essential to realize the power we have as lighting designers, given no constraints. How do we bring that to the real world?
186 Lighting Design Group Principal Gregg Mackell expects to be inspired by interior designer and architect Zia Hansen’s seminar, Creating Choreographed Experiences: A Sensory Exploration of Interiors…
Architectural lighting designers can always use a little inspiration from the theater. This is a great opportunity to learn how light can take you from place to place within an architectural environment.
It’s always a good way to get started. It’s a great a guide for going through the exhibit floor in an organized manner.
Ardra Zinkon, who is director of Lighting Design for Tec Inc. Engineering & Design, gave a plug for controls expert Brennen Matthews and his Lightfair Institute workshop, Interior Window Treatment Impacts on Daylighting Design…
This is a great topic and something that needs fuller exploration in the lighting community. It is a true collaboration between the interior designer/architect and the lighting designer. Having seen his presentation, I think Brennen does a great job of providing clear technical knowledge and real-world application experience.
Zinkon will present a lighting fundamentals seminar at Lightfair.
I am most interested in the impact of lighting on our well-being and strongly believe it’s is important to balance sustainable practice with human factors. If as much time was spent on understanding light in our lives as it is in reducing watts per square foot, the quality of light in our built environment would improve.
Note that Cheney is also presenting a Daylighting Design workshop at the Lightfair Daylighting Institute.
Jim Druzik has tested LED lighting on artworks himself, and the panel will present the results from several museums. We have a relevant project coming up, and I need to reassure my client about the lighting quality of new LED PAR-lamps and the potential for photodegradation, as compared to halogens.
Greg Ortt, a solutions specialist at Hubbell Lighting will be in the audience for the important Lighting Regulations and Codes presentation by industry luminaries Cheryl English, Glenn Heinmiller, and Pam Horner…
The lighting industry is being driven more and more by code. It is important to know exactly how it will affect my company and how we can translate that to our customers for their lighting needs.
Gregg Hollingsworth, VP of Engineering at Topanga Technologies, plans to attend several seminars, but is most enthusiastic about Design Symposium: Light Spaces Wright Places presented by architect Lira Luis…
I sometimes get so caught up in the functional nature of lighting (lux levels, energy savings, etc.) that I miss the aesthetics and emotional aspects of lighting. Looking at how lighting can be used to enhance spaces, as opposed to just how efficient it is, will give me a better understanding of the overall lighting market.
Note that Hollingsworth will be presenting a seminar himself, on plasma lighting.
Kevin Houser is a passionate educator with an ability for simplifying the most complex or arcane data, making it accessible and relevant to any audience member. I’ve really enjoyed and benefited from his workshops in the past.
Our country is struggling to balance maintaining both a vibrant economy and a clean, well-preserved environment. Lighting retrofits that reduce energy costs, reduce maintenance costs, and improve lighting quality will play an ever more important role in achieving those goals.
Contributing writer Lois I. Hutchinson