• 2020 Lumen Award of MERIT: The Well by BOLD, LLC

  • 2020 Lumen Award of MERIT: Center for Health and Well-Being, Winter Park by CBBLD

  • 2020 Lumen Award of MERIT: Vessel by L'Observatoire International

  • 2020 Lumen Award of MERIT: Hudson Yards Financial Services Firm by Lighting Workshop

  • 2020 Lumen Award of EXCELLENCE: Chandler History Museum: Infinite Shade by DLR Group

  • 2020 Lumen Award of MERIT: Royal Caribbean Terminal at PortMiami by Focus Lighting

  • 2020 Lumen CITATION for Creative Use of Color: Paradise Club at The Times Square EDITION by FMS

  • 2020 Lumen Award of MERIT: Comcast Technology Center by Tillotson Design Associates

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.

Congratulations to the 2020 Thesis Award Recipients

The IESNYC honored Ivan Zamora, (top left) Master of Professional Studies in Lighting Design, NYSID; Trinetra Manickavasagam, (middle) MFA Lighting Design Parsons the School of Design; and Kasia Kozak, (right) MS in Lighting, LRC RPI on October 28th when they presented their winning theses to a virtual audience of lighting professionals. “Since 2014, the IESNYC has recognized the excellence in research in lighting programs in the New York City area. Over the years, the recipients have constantly demonstrated their dedication to excellence in their investigation of leading-edge application or examination of lighting of cutting-edge subjects,” says Mike Barr, IESNYC president. Learn more about the recipients and summaries of their Thesis Topics >

President's Message

November is here! The colors of fall have started showing up, a cool evening here and there, and pumpkin-flavored just about everything! While everyone is still struggling with challenges we face, our Section seems to be resilient and we continue to find ways to bring out the very best to our members.

While a bit later than we traditionally hold the presentation, we have nonetheless carried on and honored three outstanding, recently graduated students with the 2020 IESNYC Thesis Awards. On October 28th, the recipients presented their theses to a virtual audience of lighting professionals. The diversity in subject matter, the passionate examination, and the commanding understanding of each of their topics is truly inspiring! More >

Member of the Month

Yesenia (Jessie) Grillo
Specification Sales
O’Blaney Rinker Associates

It’s that time of year to get a head start on your 2021 Lumen Awards entries! We want to see your most innovative, inspiring and exceptional lighting designs!
DEADLINE: Friday, January 8th, 2021

Eligible projects must be designed by a New York City* based designer(s) for a project located anywhere in the world —OR — The project must be located in New York City regardless of the location of the designer(s).


Lumen Award of Excellence
Highest level of achievement for a permanent architectural application

Lumen Award of Merit
Meritorious achievement for permanent architectural application

Lumen Citation
Special recognition for a permanent or temporary lighting installation, technical detail, portion of a single project, or other work

Amazing Talent at MOONLIGHTING
DLFNY, IALDNY and IESNYC celebrates MOONLIGHTING 2020 this year with a Virtual Interactive Gallery showcasing the after-hours creative pursuits of 33 amazing artists from our New York lighting community and allied fields. In case you couldn’t attend the kick off, you can view it HERE To check out the stunning talent of the MOONLIGHTING 2020 Artists visit: moonlightingnyc.org/2020

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IESNYC Calendar

Dec 2

Who Does What?

6:00 PM
A panel discussion on the roles and responsibilities of lighting on a project team: “Players In The Game” from Architect, Lighting Designer, Electrical Engineer, Developer, and others.

Dec 9

Live Holiday Party and Silent Auction

6:00 PM
Save The Date! December 9, 2020. The IESNYC, DLFNY, and IALD/NY are teaming up for a Holiday Charity Auction

Dec 10

IESNYC Virtual Board Meeting

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


LEDucation 2021 Call for Speakers

Deadline November 30, 2020. The LEDucation Tradeshow and Conference seeks dynamic, lighting-industry presentations for the 2021 event. Read More

LightFair 2021 Moving to October 25-29

LightFair 2021 will be postponed until October 2021 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York. Read More

IES Webinar Roadway Safety

December 3, 2020. A Vision Zero focus and discussion on how we design can improve safety. Read More

IES Webinar Color Outside the Lines: Unconventional Applications for Dynamic Lighting

December 17, 2020. Dynamic lighting unlocks a whole new layer of lighting capability for lighting designers and engineers. This webinar shows how to use it. Read More

2020 IES Progress Report Accepted Items

The IES Progress Report Committee presented significant new products for 2020 at the IES Annual Conference this past August. Read More

The Lighting Library™ Available for Purchase

Available for Purchase. The IES is proud to introduce The Lighting Library™ which updates, expands, and replaces the 2010 Lighting Handbook and previous versions of standards. Read More