• Winners of The 2019 IESNYC Student Lighting Competition

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

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

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

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.

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Paul Gregory, MIES
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The IESNYC Thesis Prize is an annual $1,000 award given to students selected by their professors for demonstrating excellence in lighting design and/or research, and represent the intellectual insight, rigor, and quality standards as set forth by their respective school departments and each student’s thesis committee.

Recipients must be a degree candidate in a graduate-level lighting program at the NY School of Interior Design, Parsons School of Design at the New School, or Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Architecture. See Past Recipients

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 >

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. The scholarship awards $25,000 to a full-time, graduate degree candidate in architectural lighting who is enrolled in an accredited college or university located in New York State.

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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IESNYC Calendar

Mar 27

Dark Skies Presentation

6:00 PM
Learn About the History of Dark Skies and How to Identify Luminaires that meet DS Criteria

Apr 18

IESNYC Board Meeting

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

Apr 23
May 16

IESNYC Board Meeting

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

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.


LED Lighting Institute

May 7-9, 2019. The Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is offering a hands-on 3-day seminar for industry professionals covering the latest advances in SSL, including 3D printing and connected lighting systems. Read More

Photometry Institute

May 14-15, 2019. An intensive, 2-day, seminar that provides the knowledge and skills needed to conduct photometric, colorimetric, and related evaluation of lighting products, systems, and prototypes, including new testing requirements for SSL. Read More

In Case You Missed It!

IESNYC Lighting Jeopardy 2.0 was a fun, exciting, and educational evening full of surprises. 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