• 2nd Place Winners of the 2019 IESNYC Student Competition - Andrea Young Fierro, Karmen Ho, and Suji Lee, Parsons

  • Grand Prize Winner of the 2019 IESNYC Student Competition - Jialun Cao, Pratt Institute 

  • Winners of The 2019 IESNYC Student Lighting Competition

  • 3rd Place Winner of The 2019 IESNYC Student Lighting Competition - Simy Bentata Singer, Pratt Institute

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.

The IESNYC Announces Brigid Hardiman as the Winner of the Fourth Annual IESNYC Scholarship

The IESNYC has selected Brigid Hardiman, a candidate in the MPS Lighting Design program at New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), as the recipient of the 2019 IESNYC Scholarship. Hardiman graduated from New York Institute of Technology in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology. She is now enrolled at NYSID, and expects to graduate in August 2019. While attending school, Hardiman has worked as a lighting designer and specification coordinator at firms including RAB Lighting and Celano Design Studios, and she is currently employed at Lightcraft Group. She is also the co-chair of the IESNYC annual Student Lighting Competition, starting out as a member of the planning committee. She plans to take on an additional role as an educator in the future. More >

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Michael W. Mehl

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Get Ready for the 2019 LUMEN GALA!

Get ready to celebrate and honor the spectacular talents of the 2019 winners of this year's Lumen Awards. Sunset Cocktail Reception tickets are available online or onsite for the GALA on Thursday, June 13th at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers in New York City. For Awards Program details and link to purchase cocktail tickets, visit our Lumen Awards page.

The Lumen Awards were established in 1968 by the New York City Section of the IES and developed to publicly recognize excellence, professionalism, ingenuity and originality in lighting design.

Jialun Cao Wins Grand Prize for the IESNYC Student Lighting Competition

The IESNYC announced Jialun Cao—a Bachelor of Industrial Design (BID) student from Pratt Institute—as the Grand Prize winner for his lighting project "GHOST TOWN" at the IESNYC Student Lighting Competition. On March 5th, a total of 117 student projects were judged by Stephen Bernstein, Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design; Elizabeth Donoff, Architectural Lighting Magazine; and Josh Heitler, Heitler Houstoun Architects. This year’s theme, LIGHT & CULTURE, challenged students to construct a three-dimensional study exploring the role of light in rituals, events, or rites of passage. Light can often be a critical element in a religious or national celebration, like fireworks on the Fourth of July, a lifetime milestone, like a unity candle at a wedding, or a daily observance, like a sun salutation. Light & Culture allowed each individual to expand upon their own experiences of light and how it contributes to culture.

Andrea Young Fierro, Karmen Ho, and Suji Lee, from Parsons the New School for Design won second place for their project "LAYERED." Third place went to Simy Bentata Singer from Pratt Institute and honorable mentions were awarded to Chenxi Guo, Pratt Institute; Aysel Aziz and Simi Sanghavi, both from Parsons the New School of Design; and Craig Young, NYSID. Read More >

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IESNYC Calendar

May 30

Lighten Up!

6:00 PM
Lighten Up! Join IESNYC and 13 other IES sections across North America as teams compete to create luminaires based on a surprise theme.

Jun 13

2019 Lumen Gala

6:00 PM
June 13, 2019. The IESNYC will announce the winning projects at the annual Lumen Gala held at Chelsea Piers in New York City.


IESNYC Congratulates 40under40 New York Winners

The annual 40under40 names 14 New York lighting designers as the most talented and promising individuals working in the lighting design industry Read More

Parsons Lighting and Daylighting Design Intensives

June 10-24. The Parsons Lighting Design Program is offering Lighting and Daylighting Design Intensives to expand your knowledge and gain experience with cutting-edge techniques in lighting design practice Read More

IES Annual Conference

August 8-10, 2019. The Illuminating Engineering Society’s Annual Conference will be held in Louisville, Kentucky. Book Your Hotel Today! Read More

IES Street and Area Lighting Conference

September 22–25, 2019. Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. This Conference is dedicated to improving the outdoor lighting business of electric utilities and energy service companies. Book Your Hotel Today! Read More

IALD Enlighten Americas 2019

October 3-5, 2019. Enlighten Americas, the annual architectural lighting event of the year created by and for lighting design professionals, makes its way to Albuquerque, NM Read More