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

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

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

  • 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

May is here and Spring is once again making the days longer and warmer. In April we watched another “Popcorn and a Movie,” the edition of our T.A.L.K. (Talk, Archive, Listen Keep) program. View Clip Dan Blitzer interviewed lighting luminaries – Francesca Bettridge, Howard Brandston, Don Gersztoff, Imero Fiorentino, Jules Fisher, Jim Kaloudis, Theo Kondos, Joanne Lindsley, Paul Marantz, David Mintz, Barbara Montgomery, and Lesley Wheel. Kudos to Co-Chairs Addison Kelly and Bill Maiman and the entire History Committee for their outstanding work and for producing a program that has value to everyone in the lighting industry.  More >

Member of the Month

Barbara Horton
Consulting Senior Principle
HLB Lighting Design


Call for Member News!

See Our Member Highlights 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]

The IESNYC Announces Dianna Osickey and Katrina Matejcik as the 2021 IESNYC Merit Scholarship Recipients

Now in this fifth year, the Scholarship is open to full-time, graduate degree candidates in architectural lighting who are enrolled in an accredited college or university located in New York State. The Scholarship was created to help alleviate the economic burden of receiving a graduate school education for deserving students. In addition to the monetary award, the Scholarship provides for membership and mentoring opportunities. Each student will receive an award of $25,000.

“The members of the jury agreed that this year’s two recipients were both standouts,” says Caleb McKenzie, Chair of the IESNYC Scholarship Committee, “and though they both come from different backgrounds and have different aspirations, the jury decided it was important to support both of them so they can further their continuing success in the lighting field.”  More >

As a reminder, our portal is still open for companies to post jobs and for job seekers to post resumes. FREE OF CHARGE to all who participate. We hope this service is beneficial to everyone. Good luck in your search!

2021 Lumen Gala
The 2021 Lumen Gala will not be held in June this year due to restrictions on mass gatherings in New York City. The safety and health of our industry is of the highest priority. The Lumen committee is monitoring local, state and federal health recommendations and regulations. The Award Winners will be announced in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

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IESNYC Calendar

May 12

Once More, With Feeling!

6:00 PM
They say you can’t light the play until you’ve read the script. Consider a project's objective as an integral part of enhancing the creative lighting design process by first establishing the users’ needs.

May 19

Virtual Tour of the CBBLD’s 2020 Lumen Award Winning Center for Health & Well-Being

6:00 PM
Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design will take you on a tour of the Center for Health and Well-Being housing fitness zones, classrooms, community resources and gathering spaces to further its mission of whole-person wellness.

May 20

IESNYC Virtual Board Meeting

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


IES Progress Report-Call for Submissions

SUBMISSION DATES April 12 - May 21, 2021. The IES is looking for significant new advancements in lighting products, research, publications, and design tools from the past year. Read More

2021 IES Annual Conference Going Virtual

The Illuminating Engineering Society Board of Directors announced that the 2021 IES Annual Conference, originally scheduled for August 5-7 in New Orleans, will not take place in-person, and instead will be hosted in a virtual setting. Read More

LEDucation Cancels In-Person Trade Show but Will Present Virtual Conference

LEDucation Trade Show originally scheduled August 17-18 is cancelled but will offer a series of accredited virtual conference sessions in August 2021. Definitive dates and details are forthcoming. Read More