Message from the President

November 2020

November is here! The colors of fall have started showing up, a cool evening here and there, and pumpkin-flavored just about everything!

While everyone is still struggling with challenges we face, our Section seems to be resilient and we continue to find ways to bring out the very best to our members.

While a bit later than we traditionally hold the presentation, we have nonetheless carried on and honored three outstanding recently graduated students with the 2020 IESNYC Thesis Awards. Kasia Kozak (MS in Lighting at the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute); Trinetra Manickavasagam (MFA Lighting Design Parsons School of Design); and Ivan Zamora (Master of Professional Studies in Lighting Design New York School of Interior Design) presented their theses to a virtual audience of lighting professionals. Each one of the three theses demonstrated excellence in design and/or research. The IESNYC values education at all levels, and it was very gratifying to see what the next generation of lighting professionals have to offer the industry. That said, my thanks to the winners, their professors, and to keynote speaker Brigid Hardiman. Learn more about the recipients and summaries of their Thesis Topics >

Brigid Hardiman is a member of the Board of Managers and a Co-Chair of the Student Lighting Competition. She also happens to be the recipient of the 2019 IESNYC Scholarship which is why we invited her to deliver the keynote. We have started the tradition of having our past scholarship recipients join us at the thesis presentations so we can hear about their professional journey since they received the scholarship, as well as their aspirations for the future and how they can be a part of the New York City lighting community. It’s so very gratifying to see the impact our investments have on the future of students. Our educational endeavors are of importance to our Section, and is a role our Scholarship Committee takes pride in furthering.

Our Sponsorship Campaign is just about to kick off for the 2021 season. The campaign will help us fund some wonderful and unique events for our Section. The scholarship Brigid received, the Thesis Awards, and the Student Lighting Competition are just a few examples of how fortunate our Section is to have the support of our members.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so I want to start with giving my thanks to Focus Lighting’s Brett Anderson and Christine Hope for graciously agreeing to be our 2021 Calendar Sponsorship Campaign Spokespersons. IESNYC members will be receiving information about our 2021 “Stay Illuminated” campaign in your email inbox shortly. My thanks in advance, as well as that of Sponsorship Committee Co-Chair Colin Conroy, to those who show their support for the Section.

Continue to take good care of yourself and each other.
Stay illuminated.

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