Member of the Month

We are pleased to introduce to our readers the IESNYC Member of the Month, chosen as part of a dedicated team of professionals that represent a cross-section of the lighting industry in New York City. We value their expertise, and thank them for volunteering their time and energy for the betterment of the section.

February 2020

Tom Bergeron, MIES
Director of the New York Office of The Lighting Practice

Q: How did you first get started in the lighting industry?
I first was drawn into the lighting world through my early days designing the lighting for my school's theatre productions. It was a world that excited my visual curiosity and problem-solving skills. I was blessed to have an early school mentor, Chris Jaehnig, who taught technical theatre in the drama department at Tisch NYU. That experience empowered me to experiment and push boundaries. I continued my passion for theatrical lighting and began exploring other branches of the industry, like event and industrial lighting. I graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Tisch School of the Arts. Soon after, I met and worked for a great mentor, Chuck Cameron, who was running an architectural lighting company called Meeker Cameron Lighting Design. Chuck had the patience to introduce me to the world of architectural lighting. He led me through my mistakes, helped me grow new ideas, and showed me the larger community. I was amazed by how connected the architectural lighting community was, and what a profound impact it could have on the environments around. I later gained additional experience at Bliss Fasman, Brandston Partnership, and worked as associate principal at Tillotson Design Associates before starting my current role as Director of the NY office for The Lighting Practice (TLP). In 2019, I was recognized by Lighting Design Magazines, 40 Under 40, which was a great experience. I'm fortunate to have been involved in amazing work and collaborated with talented people over the years. I have truly enjoyed this unique industry and community.

Q: How did you first get involved in the IESNYC?
The IESNYC was one of the first organizations I connected with when I started in the architectural lighting industry. I quickly attended events, educational opportunities, and in general, connected to the larger community. Over the years, I have enjoyed many friendships that started from introductions at IESNYC events. The annual Lumen Awards is, of course, an exciting time to see the larger community’s growth and achievements. It's been equally exciting to have been recognized by the in the IESNYC and awarded a Citation for Façade Detail for Michael Kors Shanghai Façade. I think what was great about that project was that it recognized for the detail that went beyond just specifying a product, but for detailing and transforming the architecture into a light fixture. The façade was made from light reflector material aimed at specific angles to maximize the light effect. It was a beautiful marriage of lighting materials, shape, and light, that created a unique identity.

Q: How do you see your role as member of the IESNYC?
Being involved, attending, and helping bring the lighting community together! More specifically, joining the calendar events and volunteering. I will admit it has been difficult the past few years since my wife and I have been raising two young boys. But being recognized now is a great reminder for me to stay involved and be a part of this unique community. This year, TLP became a Studio Sponsor in support of the programs of the IESNYC.

Q: In your opinion, what are the best assets of the IESNYC?
Well, the people are hands down the best asset. The volunteers and community at large that all help elevate, inspire, and educate each other. The IESNYC and its volunteers have brought together talented individuals from a multitude of firms and companies into one community. I find it inspiring that there is such a personable community engaged in helping and advancing each other. It's truly unique and not necessarily a given in all industries.