Welcome to the New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society
We are a volunteer professional membership organization comprised of individuals who share a mutual appreciation for and fascination with all things lighting. We are dedicated to promoting both the art and science of illumination to our members, to other professional organizations, to the industry, and to the public through inspiring events, informative programs, educational series, and great networking opportunities.

Three Recipients Awarded The Richard Kelly Grant

The Richard Kelly Grant Awards Committee, co-chaired by Addison Kelly and Caleb McKenzie, is pleased to announce the grant selection for 2017. Submissions were so numerous and of such high quality that this year, three recipients were chosen.
Yue Liu is currently a PH.D candidate at the University of Washington (UW), College of Built Environments, with a research focus on computational lighting and daylighting.
Julian Wang, PH.D, Dr. Eng., LEED AP BD+C, is currently an assistant professor with the School of Architecture and Interior Design & Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management, University of Cincinnati, OH. His current focus is on machine learning-based real-time visual monitoring on indoor lighting in CCRCs.
The final recipient, Belal Abboushi, is a PH.D candidate in architecture at the University of Oregon at Eugene. Currently, Belal is investigating visual interest of spatially projected fractal patterns in space on influencing the occupant's visual comfort.

of the Month

Melissa Goren
Studio Manager, Lightbox Studios

The student online application is now closed for BOUND BY LIGHT. This year's theme challenges students to construct a three-dimensional study that explores connections through light. Without connections, we are in the dark. From a child with a flashlight reading beneath a bedsheet, a glowing screen connecting people on different continents, or lighting a candle to send messages to the great beyond, light can create or enhance our links, networks, and relationships. Explore how light can affect connections — interpersonal, intercultural, technological, or something more — in our everyday lives.
Students currently enrolled in a NYC-based college or university are eligible. Prizes include $2,000 for the first place winner, as well as $1,000 for the second place winner, and $500 for third.  This year we are excited to announce that beyond the three top prizes, each school’s top finisher will also receive a prize.  Read More >


Zachary Pearson Receives the 2018 Merit-Based IESNYC Scholarship
Zachary Pearson, a candidate in the Master of Science in Lighting program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), is the winner of the third annual IESNYC Scholarship.
Pearson was accepted into the Master of Science in Lighting program this past spring, and is concurrently completing a Bachelor of Architecture degree in Rensselaer's School of Architecture.
This merit-based scholarship comes with a monetary value of $25,000 to support a full-time, graduate degree candidate in architectural lighting enrolled in an accredited college or university located in New York State. Read More >


We are embarking on our 2018 Calendar Sponsorship campaign, Leadership Spotlight, which reflects the Section’s commitment to growing a strong community of industry leaders and our reliance on industry leaders to support our good works.  Without the generous financial support of our sponsors, we could not fulfill our mandate to educate current and future lighting professionals. Once again, we are offering Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze Sponsorships, and Studio Sponsorships. More >

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IESNYC Calendar

Mar 6

Fundamentals of Lighting Courses Begin

6:00 PM
A comprehensive introduction to architectural lighting issues, factors, and practices

Mar 7

IESNYC Student Lighting Competition

6:00 PM
Join Us as we Celebrate the 18th year of the Student Lighting Competition

Mar 12

Fundamentals of Lighting Session 2

6:00 PM
A comprehensive introduction to architectural lighting issues, factors, and practices

Mar 15

IESNYC Board Meeting

6:00 PM
Monthly Board and Committee meeting open to IESNYC members


Digitizing Building Systems: NANTUM

Feb 28, 2018. Join BE-Ex for the first of a two-part series on building operating systems featuring a look at NYPA's secure energy management center, NYEM, and how these systems identify opportunities for energy savings using customers' energy data Read More

When is White Light not White?

March 1, 2018. NYSID in association with DLFNY are hosting lighting designer Cindy Limauro for a lecture that explores and compares the differences between color temperature, tuneable white light, and color changing LEDs. Read More

WISE: A Conversation with Alicia Barton

March 2, 2018. Join BE-Ex as they kick off the fourth year of their WISE series, with a keynote event featuring Alicia Barton, president and CEO of NYSERDA Read More

Registration is Open for LEDucation 2018

March 13-14, 2018. Registration is Open for LEDucation 2018. Free Exhibit Hall Access for IESNYC Members. LEDucation is the ultimate tradeshow for solid-state lighting innovations, new technologies and host to AIA/CEU accredited seminars. Read More