The IESNYC is proud to be allied with the following affiliates. Their advancement and promotion of illumination education aligns with our goal to create a premier lighting community dedicated to promoting the art and science of quality lighting to our members, professional organizations, and the public. We encourage you to visit their websites and take advantage of the knowledge and opportunities they have to offer.

The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES)

The IES is the recognized technical authority on illumination. For over 100 years; its objective has been to communicate information on all aspects of good lighting practice to its members, to the lighting community, and to consumers, through a variety of programs, publications, and services.

IES is a forum for the exchange of ideas and information, and a vehicle for its members' professional development and recognition. Through technical committees, with hundreds of qualified individuals from the lighting and user communities, IES correlates research, investigations, and discussions to guide lighting professionals and lay persons via consensus-based lighting recommendations.

The Society publishes nearly 100 varied technical publications, and works cooperatively with related organizations on a variety of programs and in the production of jointly published documents and standards.

IES is almost 8,000 members strong. Its members work with lighting in a variety of capacities - lighting designers, architects, interior designers, government & utility personnel, engineers, contractors, manufacturers, distributors, researchers and educators - throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico - and around the world. They share a common interest in lighting, and a common desire to promote the use of the latest, most innovative lighting technologies, with a focus on judicious use of energy in all lighting applications.

Building Energy Exchange

The Building Energy Exchange (BE-Ex) connects New York City’s real estate and design communities to energy and lighting efficiency solutions through education, exhibitions, technology demonstrations, and research. BE-Ex conducts professional trainings targeted at every type of building decision maker. BE-Ex run symposia focused on stakeholder engagement, and we hold topical events every month.

Designers Lighting Forum of New York (DLF)

The Designers Lighting Forum of New York is committed to exploring and presenting the power of lighting in design. Founded in 1934, the Designers Lighting Forum is a not-for-profit organization, led by a volunteer Board of Managers and sustained by member dues and the generous support of our corporate sponsors. They enthusiastically provide designers, architects, manufacturers and their representatives, contractors, educators, and students the opportunity to meet and experience the wonder of lighting in New York City and beyond.

Equity in Lighting (EIL)

Founded in the Spring of 2020, Equity in Lighting's (EIL) goal is to increase the diversity within the lighting community of NYC so it may better reflect the diversity of our country through the tools of outreach, educational events, and industry policy. In partnership with the DLF NY, IALD NY, IES NYC, Parsons Lighting, NACLIQ, and WILD NYC, the EIL has tasked each of their partners to create 3-4 events that focus on diversity within their niche. The goal of these events is to show lighting through different perspectives so that we may become better designers, colleagues, and human beings.

International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD)

Founded in 1969 and based in Chicago, IL, USA, the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) is an internationally recognized organization dedicated solely to the concerns of independent, professional lighting designers. The IALD strives to set the global standard for lighting design excellence by promoting the advancement and recognition of professional lighting designers.

The Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education

The Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education is an endowment fund in support of college-level programs that inspire students with an understanding of light in architecture. Each year, the Fund solicits proposals from colleges and universities for innovative educational ideas consistent with the Fund’s objectives, and awards grants after rigorous review.

Open House New York (OHNY)

OHNY is a 501(c)3 organization that promotes a greater appreciation of the city’s built environment; broadens public awareness by exposing diverse audiences to distinctive examples of architecture, engineering and design; educates and inspires discussion of issues of excellence in design, planning and preservation; and showcases outstanding new work as well as structures of historic merit.

Building on the enormous critical and popular success of the Weekend, OHNY added podcasts, in-school workshops and year-round programs in 2006, launched its first OHNY Weekend Family Festival in 2008 and later formed openhouseamerica™, a national initiative to dedicated to inspiring, engaging and educating the public about architecture, design and cultural heritage.

New York School of Interior Design

NYSID prepares aspiring interior designers and working professionals to be leaders in the field by providing a focused and immersive interior design education drawing upon expert faculty, innovative approaches, and close industry relationships. NYSID is a global leader in interior design education, impacting the profession through innovative curricula and strategic collaborations, with graduates placed in positions of influence around the world.


The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the world's leading center for lighting research and education. Established in 1988 by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the LRC conducts research in light and human health, transportation lighting and safety, solid-state lighting, energy efficiency, and plant health.

Lighting Design Program at Parsons The New School

Lighting has been an important part of design education at Parsons since the 1970s, when the school launched the first graduate program in architectural lighting design. Parsons MFA Lighting Design program examines the relationships between theory, technical application, energy conservation, and social and environmental factors in both electric and natural light. Its unique focus on aesthetic design, human physiological and psychological factors, and sustainable practices make it the only graduate lighting program to emphasize the values of both design and civic responsibility.

AIA/NY Center for Architecture

Founded in 1857, the AIA New York Chapter is the oldest and largest chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The Chapter's members include more than 5,000 practicing architects, allied professionals, students, and public members interested in architecture and design. The AIA New York Chapter is dedicated to three goals: design excellence, public outreach, and professional development.

Center for Architecture Foundation

Located at the Center for Architecture, a public gallery space committed to advancing an understanding of the field, the Center for Architecture Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a broader appreciation of the built environment through educational programs and scholarship. Their programs aim to:

  • CULTIVATE visual literacy and an understanding of the design process;
  • INSPIRE students, teachers, and schools to be civic activists, creative thinkers, problem solvers and team builders;
  • BUILD partnerships between schools, students, families, design professionals and the Center for Architecture;
  • INTRODUCE students to careers in architecture, landscape architecture, design, historic preservation, urban planning, engineering, interior design and construction.

Their programs engage young people, families, teachers, and community members in contemporary topics in the built environment. They provide visual tools that inspire participants to think critically about the physical world around them.

Women in Lighting and Design

The Women in Lighting and Design mission is to provide the lighting community an inclusive and open environment for professional and personal growth by offering networking, mentorship, and knowledge sharing. Women in Lighting and Design is open to all women, those that identify as female, and their allies, creating a supportive and safe network for all.