CONFERENCE SESSIONS

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2022

8:45 AM - 10:00 AM
Keynote

In a building industry sector as demanding and specialized as lighting, a successful practice is based on discipline in craft, high quality design communication, and careful project documentation. The creativity required to deliver exceptional design projects is not a mystical quality granted to a select few at birth, but is a collective, distributed process facilitated by a deep understanding of fundamental limits, by a balance of different roles and strengths on the team, and by active and ongoing experimentation and learning. In this keynote, Thomas Paterson will explore the foundations of design in craft and how teams can develop a strong culture of excellence that redefines outmoded ideas of creativity.

Thomas Paterson
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Track 1: Health & Environment

In the discourse on lighting and health, technical aspects of lighting such as spectra, exposure, controls, and detailed analysis of neurobiological processes are important, but we need frame them in the context of aesthetics, cognition, and experience. This talk will address lighting and interior design from the standpoint of user experience, addressing questions like “how does this space make me feel? ”and “what is my body experiencing here?” It will also include a discussion of the impact of lighting and interior design on measured outcomes in health care, retail, and commercial spaces.

Janelle Drouet
Track 2: Designing with Light

Light is one of the most powerful tools for designers and when used sensitively can greatly enhance the narrative power and experience of interior spaces. This panel will present the work and perspectives of some of the leading Southern California interior designers and their approach to lighting.   

Speakers to be announced. 

 
Track 3: Business & Economics

Since LEDs were introduced to the lighting market, it adapted and eventually thrived. Various predictions have been made about the future impact of SSL (most of them wide of the mark) and the industry has become accustomed to thinking that another equally “disruptive” technology is perpetually imminent. This hasn’t quite happened; instead, a potent mix of unforeseen factors – including but not limited to technological developments – have created an environment more complex and chaotic than was foreseen, yet filled with opportunities for those brave and creative enough to recognize and capitalize on them. This talk will address the current state of the industry – important economic trends; unrecognized and surprising growth areas; the impact of ESG and regulatory action – and suggest strategies for coping with uncertainty and conflicting data and predictions.    

Wendy Daivs Clifton Stanley Lemon
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Track 1: Health & Environment

For a variety of reasons, much of our current built environment does not provide optimal daylight and views. And to use a medical analogy, we often treat the symptoms with technology – replicating sunlight with electric light and developing ever more complex lighting systems – rather than the underlying cause, which is lack of daylight and views. Traditionally daylighting design has not been the purview of the lighting designer, but this is changing, as innovative firms take a more holistic approach to lighting and daylighting design that includes close integration with architecture and other building systems. This talk will focus on the design process and the many health and wellness benefits of daylight and views through a series of exemplary case studies. 

Teal Brodgen Venna Resurreccion
Track 2: Designing with Light

Lighting product design is experiencing a period of creativity and growth as new designs and technologies bring more options to specifiers, owners, and end users. Architectural and residential products are seeing tremendous innovation in manufacturing methods like 3D printing; in controls and integration; and in new forms that are more driven by the unique characteristics of LEDs. This talk will explore the process of designing individual luminaires and connected systems, while incorporating strategies like mass customization, circular economy, and sustainable manufacturing. 

Speakers to be announced.  

 
Track 3: Business & Economics

The evolution and interdependent effects of many different technologies including SSL, online sales, AI, powerful software, and supply chain automation, are actively re-mapping the lighting ecosystem in surprising, creative, and occasionally disruptive ways. Many actors in the supply chain, especially lighting agencies, have developed rich and valuable service offerings to support lighting and controls products. This panel will explore the rapidly changing lighting supply chain landscape; innovative business models in the lighting agency; transparency, changing scope and responsibilities, and the emerging services and solutions revolutionizing the lighting business.

Billy Hodges Sam Koerbel Addie Smith
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Track 1: Health & Environment
The health and vitality of the urban environment is greatly impacted by lighting: done well, it contributes to defining the quality of towns and cities, increasing safety, improving wayfinding, and reinforcing positive cultural experiences for both citizens and visitors. This session will present the design thinking and work of two leading practitioners of nighttime design. 
Sarah Wang Elif Ayalp
Track 2: Designing with Light
Oyler Wu Collaborative approaches architecture with a critical and rigorous intent that challenges the typical vision of the built environment. The office relies on the constant exchange between architectural projects at very different scales, and an emphasis on craft and hands-an experience. In this session, Principal Jenny Wu talks about the evolution of an integrative and holistic approach to design in her architectural practice and personal work, which includes a highly successful line of jewelry.  
Jenny Wu
Track 3: Business & Economics

The lighting industry is a relatively small and interconnected industry compared to others in the wider building industry, but career paths are not as direct, partly due to the lack of academic programs in lighting in the U.S. As the industry grows and evolves, firms are constantly on the lookout for passionate, qualified candidates. This panel will career paths for emerging lighting professionals, available certifications and training, new job descriptions, and new skills required to meet the challenges of the future.  

Speakers to be announced. 

 
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Plenary Panel

We’re currently revisiting many of the basic assumptions and practices in design, many of which represent a skewed perspective. The more we look at DEI and inclusive design, the more we see that it is inextricably connected to all the other important goals we have in design - to address health and wellness, climate action, economic and political stability, and even our basic survival. Lighting has lagged behind the other design disciplines in this regard and is now busy catching up. This panel will explore a range of tools and actions to address inclusive design: corporate programs, education and training, cross disciplinary collaboration, and communications strategies.  

Alana Shepherd Mariel Acevedo Archit Jain

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2022

8:45 AM - 10:00 AM
Keynote

Today many factors are impacting the asset value of commercial and institutional real estate: climate change; DEI initiatives; shifting work and building use patterns; emerging technologies; and health measures. By acting efficiently and holistically, building owners, real estate professionals, tenants, and communities can adapt to these challenges and thrive. This session will address how healthy buildings, including those with optimal lighting, views, and daylight, help building owners to manage the future of the modern workplace.    

Speaker to be announced. 

 
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Track 1: Health & Environment

Sustainable building strategies benefit owners, tenants, real estate professionals, and communities, and combining different strategies can accelerate progress toward multiple goals in health, equity, energy, resilience, and asset value simultaneously. This session will demonstrate for building owners the business case for sustainability, address assessing the value of lighting, views and daylight; and describe how even a single building can have a significant impact for tenants and communities.  
 
Speakers to be announced.  

 
Track 2: Designing with Light
Who uses the public space and under which circumstances, how is it experienced, which level of freedom is perceived while in the public realm of a city? All these questions help to understand the level of social inclusion and openness a city may have, and consequently, the quality of life for its inhabitants. Generating a sense of inclusion through decisive design is at the core of an ethical response to the increasing global conditions of social segregation and inequality. This session will address how lighting can contribute to or contravene social cohesion in the public realm and which lighting design tools can be applied to enhance a buoyant, diverse, and inclusive public space? 
Oriana Romero
Track 3: Business & Economics

Operations and maintenance concerns are typically not given top priority in the design and construction of building systems for many reasons, but emerging sensor and data technologies are making analytics and predictive maintenance increasingly feasible and effective. This session will cover risk management and future proofing in system design; AI and predictive maintenance; managing large facilities; post occupancy evaluations; startup, commissioning, and acceptance testing; and education and training.  

Michael Scalzo Kenneth Seeton
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Track 1: Health & Environment

The controls industry has yet to untie the gordian knot that separates the capabilities we want from the ease of use we expect. Emerging technologies and approaches to integrated controls are poised to deliver a future of smart buildings and grid integration, but only if informed decision makers enter the process early. This session will show how building control systems play a vital role past the meter, in managing the emerging connected grid, and how they can deliver previously unrealized ROI while becoming simpler to understand, justify, install, and operate.

John Arthur Wilson
Track 2: Designing with Light

As work patterns impacted by many social, economic, and health factors continue to change in ways that are difficult to predict, employers are experimenting with hybrid environments in an effort to provide a flexible, safe, connected, and inclusive environments for employees. IoT and system integration is happening on many levels, and “digital twins” are being increasingly used to design and operate buildings. In this session Erin will show how we can take digital twins one step further, recreating the workspace in the metaverse and allowing users to not only see what’s happening in their offices but to actively communicate and collaborate with those there or working from home. 

Erin McDannald
Track 3: Business & Economics

Investment decisions in buildings are typically seen through two different lenses - capital expenditures (cap-ex) which go toward maintain assets, or operating expenditures (op-ex) which go toward maintaining asset value. Today, decisions to acquire, install, and operate smart building technology carry both risk (will it be too hard to operate or be obsolete quickly?) and, increasingly, rewards. In this session, Jay will explore how smart, integrated building systems not only allow decreased op-ex by enabling things like predictive maintenance and energy efficiency, but can provide operating revenue from increasingly valuable data streams and analytics.  

Jay Wratten
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Plenary Panel

Stakeholders in the built environment – tenants, employees, investors, developers, corporations, and governments – are dealing with many short and long-term challenges and uncertainties related to the impacts of the pandemic, remote work, energy availability and costs, and environmental and social governance. This session will explore how the individual and interacting effects of indoor environmental quality: lighting, views, and daylight; heating, cooling, and ventilation; humidity; and acoustics impact the health and productivity of workforces and the value of real estate. 

Speakers to be announced.