April 2020 Print

Message from the President

Mike Barr, MIES
IESNYC Section President

As COVID-19 changes everything we know about our life and work, I hope everyone is healthy and safe at home. As our New York City community faces this challenging time, the ripple effects of the social and economic impact are, and will continue to be, difficult. But as a strong lighting community, we must acknowledge that we are all in this together and we will recover and bounce back.

While our physical events are on hold for the time being, the IES is continuing to provide access to IES educational content and the opportunity to earn continuing education credits. While some of the IES educational content is made available to the general public, all of it is FREE for IES members. IES educational content supports IES lighting standards as well as general lighting topics, applications, and practices. Whether a live webinar, video recording, or podcast, an interview or educational presentation, or even learning about various lighting educational facilities, this content can be accessed from wherever you are in the world. LEARN MORE >

This past March was Women's History Month. I read many articles sharing the impact of women leaders in the lighting industry, including many from our own New York Section. It moved me to review our past Section presidents and current board members to remind myself how I had been impacted by many of them that I was fortunate to meet.

Following is a list of women who have led our Section as presidents:

2009–2011 Kelly Seeger: 88th President
2007–2009 Bonny Ann Whitehouse: 87th President
2003–2005 Patricia DiMaggio: 85th President
2001–2003 Clara Powell: 84th President
1993–1995 Addison Kelly: 80th President
1989–1991 Sara Schrager: 78th President
1987–1989 Gloria Koch: 77th President
1984–1986 Joanne Lindsley: 75th President (first female president)

Our member of the month continues its impressive roll call. This month is no different. Please take a moment to read the interview with Haniyeh Mirdamadi, lighting designer at Arup. I like the idea of mixing people who are doing exceptional work not only for our Section, but also doing exceptional work in the industry. It’s staggering that we have so many in the NYC area doing very impressive work. We are in no danger of running out of people to feature.

In the past I have asked that you share your thoughts on different subjects, and I appreciate the response I am receiving. Please continue to share your stories with me at [email protected]

During these unpredictable times, make sure to check our Section website to keep up-to-date on event statuses.

Take all the precautions, stay safe and keep positive thoughts.


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Announcements and Other Events

IESNYC Congratulates 40under40 Local Winners

Lighting Magazine has selected this year’s 40under40— an international program that identifies the most talented and promising individuals, working in a creative capacity with the application of lighting in architecture. Forty young lighting designers, from 12 different countries, were selected as representatives of this new generation.

To be eligible for consideration nominees must be under the age of 40. The selection panel looks for nominees who have specific achievements in the field of architectural lighting design. The judges will also look for evidence of the nominee’s passion for the craft of lighting.

The IESNYC would like to extend our congratulations to our local lighting recipients:

Andressa Lopes | Cooley Monato Studio | New York
Dagmara Nowak | Tillotson Design Associates | New York
Erin Gussert | RL Studio | Chicago (formerly New York)
Florencia Castro | Flux Studio Ltd | New York
Gayathri Unnikrishnan | International WELL Building Institute | New York
Katheryn Czub | Fisher Marantz Stone, Inc. | New York
Pei-Chun Yang | Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design | New York
Ryan Fischer | Focus Lighting | New York
Tim Huth | Fisher Marantz Stone, Inc. | New York

For the complete list of winners, visit Lighting Magazine website >


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