• 2020 Student Lighting Competition Honorable Mention: Eleanor Watson, Pratt

  • 2020 Lumen Award of Excellence: Chandler History Museum: Infinite Shade - DLR Group

  • 2020 Lumen Award of Excellence: TWA Hotel and Event Center – Cooley Monato Studio

  • 2020 Student Lighting Competition: 2nd Place – Seokhun You, Pratt

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.

President's Message

The hard work of our committees carries on no matter the season. Our Scholarship Committee announced that applications are being accepted for our 2021 IESNYC MERIT SCHOLARSHIP. This will be the fifth year for this awards program, and we are proud of our past recipients.

Our STUDENT LIGHTING COMPETITION announced the theme for this year’s event. “Practically Speaking” will challenge students to create a lighting installation that engages with the idea of using light in environmental storytelling. The competition has been held every year since 2000, and it has been one of our Section’s shining stars. The SLC Committee has been working overtime to make sure we don’t miss a beat by holding a virtual event. I can’t wait to see this year’s display of creativity and innovation. Check our website for the latest details. This is an event not to be missed!. More >

Member of the Month

Kelly Roberts
Studio Director, WALD Studio

The IESNYC Is Accepting Applications for the 2021 Merit Scholarship
DEADLINE: Monday, March 8, 2021. The IESNYC will award a merit-based, single year scholarship to recognize and support potential future leaders in the field of architectural lighting. This annual Scholarship is open to a first-year student currently enrolled in a full-time graduate program as a degree candidate in the field of architectural lighting at an accredited college/university in New York State. The scholarship has a monetary value of $25,000. In addition, the scholarship award includes acceptance into an exclusive mentorship program with the IESNYC, providing valuable opportunities to interact and collaborate with professionals in the architectural lighting industry.  Learn More >

Call for Member News!
Even though we don't see each other like we used to, the IESNYC still wants to hear from our members. Please let us know if you’ve changed where you work, have a new position, earned your LC, got accredited with another professional organization, or even if you joined an IESNYC Committee. We want to share your good news with other members. Please send your announcements to [email protected] and we'll post it on our website.

2021 Student Lighting Competition
Our Student Lighting Competition announced the theme for this year’s event. “Practically Speaking” will challenge students to create a lighting installation that engages with the idea of using light in environmental storytelling. The virtual event, judging and awards will be announced in the coming weeks. Prizes include $5,000 for the first place winner, as well as $2,500 for the second place winner, and $1,000 for third. The judges will also award honorable mentions to their personal favorite submissions. Please stay tuned for details.

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IESNYC Calendar

Mar 24

Wellness Lighting Calculations and More!

6:00 PM
Join us for an informative discussion between a panel of Wellness experts presenting short case studies outlining their experience utilizing Circadian Stimulus and equivalent Melanopic Lux Wellness lighting calculations

Apr 6

Fundamentals of Lighting 2021 - Classes Begin

6:00 PM
April 6 – May 25, 2021. The Fundamentals of Lighting course provides comprehensive introduction to architectural lighting issues, factors, and practices

Apr 28

Learn the Why’s and How’s of PoE Lighting Systems

6:00 PM
An Introduction to and Discussion of the Pros and Cons of Power Over Ethernet (PoE) Lighting Systems


International Women's Day

March 8, 2021. Join WILD for a progressive lunch from East to West to celebrate International Women's Day! We're starting at 12pm Eastern and ending at 1pm Pacific, with local chapters from each time zone leading the fun and games. Read More

Registration Is Open for March LEDucation

March 16-17, 2021. The LEDucation Virtual Conference and Online Marketplace will offer 10 accredited webinars and an Online Marketplace with advanced new features Read More

In Memoriam: James D. Kaloudis

The IESNYC would like to honor James D. Kaloudis (1937-2021) who was one of New York lighting community’s most accomplished and respected lighting engineers. Read More