Message from the President

June 2020

June brings wonderful news as New York City approaches Phase 1 of reopening. While things are different in the way we interact and do business, we can feel hopeful that we are moving in a positive direction.

This month, Caleb McKenzie, our Nominations and Awards Committee Chair announced the new 2020–2021 Board of Managers. We would like to thank the members of the 2019 Board who have tirelessly given of their time to make our Section one to be proud of. I personally look forward to working with the new Board members.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2020 Thesis Awards recipients. The IESNYC Thesis Awards is an annual monetary award given to three 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 New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), Parsons School of Design at the New School, or Lighting Research Center (LRC), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) School of Architecture. To view last year’s recipients, visit our Thesis Page.

I do want to call attention to our member of the month, Matthew Tirschwell, and hope that you'll take a moment to read his interview. As I mentioned last month in my message, on behalf of the IESNYC, we want to extend our thanks and gratitude to him for serving as a volunteer EMT on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.

Please continue to take good care of yourselves and stay safe.
I am looking forward to seeing our community members again soon.

Best Regards,
Mike Barr, MIES
President, New York City Section of the IES