Events

The Detroit Section has an active calendar that includes various educational courses as well as multiple opportunities to network and socialize with industry peers. To keep abreast with our upcoming events follow the calendar below.

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Aug
24
Mon
2020 IES Virtual Annual Conference
Aug 24 – Sep 2 all-day

August 24-27, 2020
August 31 – September 2, 2020

2020 IES Virtual Annual ConferenceThe Illuminating Engineering Society’s Annual Conference (August 24 – 28, 2020 and August 31 – September 4, 2020) provides a range of educational programming on the art, design, science, and research of lighting relevant to lighting professionals, educators, and related design disciplines. The 2020 Annual Conference has been moved to a virtual setting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As always, professional education is paramount, with a broad selection of CEU credits available through participation at the conference.

IES’s priority is the health and safety of the lighting community, including our members, staff, supporters, vendors and volunteers. As the COVID-19 pandemic continued to unfold, it became clear that in the face of an unprecedented situation, we needed to make tough choices. While it took longer than expected to reach a resolution, we believe that this was handled with the precision necessary to preserve the well-being of the Society while creating an opportunity for success both in the present and future.

DATES: August 24th – August 27th and August 31st – September 2nd
TIMES: Official times to be determined, but there will be two blocks of sessions each day.
IES MEMBER REGISTRATION: $249*
NON-MEMBER REGISTRATION: $349
* There will be reduced rates for Emerging Professionals (EPs) and Student members, but we encourage you to wait on registering for the conference until we announce the benefits of the EP Program for this year.

The virtual Annual Conference will have sessions that will be held August 24th – August 28th and August 31st – September 4th. By providing a schedule that offers content across these two weeks, registrants will be able to attend all sessions and not have to choose between different tracks.

Despite the disruption we are facing, the IES is excited to bring you the opportunity to participate in the Annual Conference without having to leave your workspace. We will leverage our technology to disseminate valuable, relevant and timely content. We hope that you find this virtual Annual Conference insightful, beneficial, and of the quality that you have come to expect from the IES.

More information, such as agenda, speakers, and more will be made available shortly.

Please note, if you previously registered for the 2020 Annual Conference, your payment has been refunded. Those that have booked their rooms at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, the hotel will cancel your room reservation on your behalf.

Oct
14
Wed
Webinar: IoT Connected Lighting: A Design Guide
Oct 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

IoT Connected lighting systems provide challenges as well as opportunities for the Design Team and Owner. The IES IoT Connected Lighting Committee is in the final stages of developing a Lighting Practice publication to assist with planning. Lighting has the ability to take on a key role in developing a connected space. This session will review opportunities for connected light in typical project environments; discuss the lighting designer’s enhanced role as well as providing a knowledge base on technology options and features. Additionally, we will uncover steps to take in the planning process, discuss potential pitfalls and include a case study on a realized project.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Analyze goals and objectives for the use of connected light systems and develop a Sequence of Operations for the Owner.
  2. Explore required components for a connected light system and how to integrate them with the design team.
  3. Investigate strategies for teamwork on connected light projects.
  4. Identify key players and roles in an IoT connected project.

Presenters:

  • Jered Widmer, IALD (The Lighting Practice)
  • Paula Ziegenbein, LC, Assoc IALD (Hartranft Lighting Design)
  • Ardra Zinkon, CLD, IALD (Tec Studio)

Registration Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Q46xcrifQyKcADU8zT0KZA

Host: District 8 Chair Kristin Mallardi will be moderating this month’s call.

Oct
26
Mon
IES 2020 Street and Area Lighting Conference
Oct 26 – Oct 28 all-day
IES 2020 Street and Area Lighting Conference

CONFERENCE SCOPE
The IES Street & Area Lighting Conference is the only conference of its kind dedicated to improving the outdoor lighting business of electric utilities and energy service companies. We continue to provide an open forum for end-users facing the same questions regarding relevant products for specific application, lighting controls, benchmarks from other users in the lighting community, and milestones reached by municipalities, utilities and DOT’s. We strive to maintain a small community feel, creating a great opportunity to network with industry peers through seminars with speaker Q+A, breakout sessions to discuss issues in-depth, an exhibit hall and many networking events with speakers and peers in a comfortable and open atmosphere.

Despite the disruption we are facing, the IES is excited to bring you the opportunity to participate in the SALC without having to leave your workspace. We will leverage our technology to disseminate valuable, relevant and timely content. We hope you find this virtual conference insightful, beneficial, and of the quality that you have come to expect from the IES.

DATES: October 26 – October 28, 2020
IES MEMBER REGISTRATION: $299*
NON-MEMBER REGISTRATION: $399
There will be reduced rates for Emerging Professionals (EPs) and Student members

Nov
17
Tue
Webinar: Is WELL Platinum on a Low Budget Possible? You Betcha! A Case Study of WELL Platinum Certification
Nov 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Webinar: Is WELL Platinum on a Low Budget Possible? You Betcha! A Case Study of WELL Platinum Certification

Host: District 8 Chair Kristin Mallardi will be moderating this month’s call.

Description:
A small Cincinnati Regional business had a dream to be a healthier place for its staff and set an example of what is possible on a tight budget. Enriching Spaces in partnership with emersion DESIGN navigates toward WELL v2 Platinum pending certification while keeping costs at a minimum. This session will share their successes, struggles, lesson learned, and important partnerships discovered along the way.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Recognize the importance of a healthy office environment for employee health and happiness. 
  2. Learn where to focus costs to gain the largest return on investment. 
  3. Understand the importance (and value) of having a dedicated and knowledgeable team. 
  4. Understand the value of education and how educational partnerships can reduce project costs. 

Presenters:
Dawn Schwartzman, Owner and CEO of Enriching Spaces Dawn provides leadership and strategic management for Enriching Spaces, a certified woman owned company specializing in the design and project management of inspired workspaces for business, learning and healthcare environments. Enriching Spaces partners with the most respected global leaders in developing sustainable human-centered solutions including Herman Miller, OFS Brands, Exemplis, Vitra and Interface. Enriching Spaces services customers regionally and nationwide. WELL Building principles inform our designs, selections and culture. In our own showroom and studio, the images, textures, and patterns of nature inspire a variety of spaces that nurture community, creative thinking and well-being. Dawn’s interests include the study of environmental psychology, WELL Building, Biomimicry, Biophilia, Feng Shui, Vastu, Sacred Geometry and other forms of Nature Inspired Design.

Yasha Ogg, Emersion Design, WELL AP; WELL Faculty; LEED AP ID+C, BD+C; Fitwel Amb; EcoDistricts AP; LFA Yasha Ogg is an interior designer, speaker, and advocate for healthy, sustainable building design, both interior and exterior. As a WELL faculty, Yasha leads the movement to improve health and well-being in buildings and communities across the world. Using his expertise in WELL, Fitwel, LEED and Living Building along with industry research, Yasha strives to create healthy, productive environments for building occupants through the design of sustainable human-centric spaces. With a background in higher education campuses, laboratory facilities, multi-family housing, and medical office buildings, Yasha understands that the well-being of employees directly impacts the bottom line of businesses. As such, he enjoys working directly with end users to understand their needs to make their businesses successful and productive.

There are no tickets for this event, a meeting invite will be sent via email to all members. If you don’t receive the email by Monday 11/16, reach out to Stacey Schwartz – stacey.schwartz@aecom.com

Jan
13
Wed
Webinar: Virtual Reality (VR) / Augmented Reality (AR) in Lighting Design
Jan 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Webinar: Virtual Reality (VR) / Augmented Reality (AR) in Lighting Design

VR and AR have been used by architects for more than a decade – but where does lighting fit into this? Join us to learn how these technologies have been used by lighting designers in their daily work to enhance their presentations, design coordination, and daily workflow.

Speaker: Kailey Lietzke, LC, PE , a lighting designer/associate with HGA will be our presenter.

Meeting Schedule: January 13th, 2021 from Noon-1pm

Location: Your Computer

Cost: Free!

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Jan
14
Thu
Webinar: Lighting Editors Discuss Trends & New Technologies in preparation for the upcoming DOE/IES Workshop
Jan 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Whose job is it to keep up with information that impacts lighting professionals? Who keeps their fingers on the pulse of our lighting community? The answer is the editors of the websites and publications that inform us about the trends and new technologies shaping our industry. Having collected and disseminated massive content that relates to lighting puts them in a position to see a broader perspective than most of us have the time to develop. It would be valuable to sit down with them and learn how the massive amount of knowledge they report on coalesces into trends that affect us now and will influence our future. You are invited to sit down with…

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

PRESENTERS:
Randy Reid – Editor of Edison Report
Paul Tarricone – Editor of Lighting Design & Application Magazine
Al Uszynski – Editor of Inside.Lighting
Maury Wright – Editor of LEDs Magazine

…and your host, Mark Lien, for a discussion that anticipates the upcoming DOE/IES Workshop scheduled for February 1st-4th. This years Workshop is meeting the moment with timely sessions reflecting the state of our industry and projecting how trends and new technologies will alter our lives. Who better to prepare us for these topics than the people who have been following and reporting on them? Join us to ready yourself for the upcoming workshop or just to hear from these uniquely informed professionals as they discuss how our lighting community is being transformed.

Randy ReidRandy Reid – Editor of Edison Report
Randy Reid has helped shape the lighting market over the past four decades. Reid began his career in 1983 with GE Lighting. He served as President of the Illuminating Engineering Society in 2002-2003. Further, Mr. Reid was a member of the LIGHTFAIR Management Committee, 2001-2003 and served on the LIGHTFAIR Advisory Committee in 2006. Mr. Reid was chairman for the IES Annual Conference in 2010 and received the President’s Award in 2011 and again in 2020. Reid is the owner of LumEfficient, a heavy industrial lighting company. In 2018, LumEfficient, received a LIGHTFAIR Innovation Award as well as a Progress Report Award from the Illuminating Engineering Society. In February of 2019, Reid was appointed the Executive Director of the National Lighting Bureau—a non-profit organization dedicated to high benefit lighting. In 2020, Reid launched a new digital magazine called designing lighting, which is a new voice for the lighting design community. Mr. Reid is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and was mobilized during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2002, where he worked in the Surgeon’s office at the U.S. Army Reserve Headquarters. He holds a Bachelor of Science from University of Alabama and an M.B.A. from the University of Tennessee.

Paul TarriconePaul Tarricone – Editor of Lighting Design & Application Magazine
Paul Tarricone has more than two decades of experience in association and business-to-business publishing, specializing in the engineering, design, construction and facilities management markets. Mr. Tarricone currently serves as Editor and Publisher of Lighting Design + Application, the official magazine of the Illuminating Engineering Society. The magazine has won a number of EXCEL, Association Trends and TABBIE awards for editorial excellence and design. He has also presented at a number of association publishing events in both Washington D.C. and New York.

Al UszynskiAl Uszynski – Editor of Inside.Lighting
Al Uszynski is an accomplished executive with over 25 years of lighting industry experience. He is the Principal of inside.lighting, an online media company that provides valuable resources to lighting industry professionals. Additionally, Al provides strategy consulting and serves in advisory roles for select clients.

Al has held management roles with leading lighting companies including CEO of Traxon Technologies, a division of Osram; Area Vice President for Cooper Lighting; and National Sales Manager for Hubbell Lighting. Al also served as an Adjunct Professor at Drexel University, instructing courses on Professional Selling and Public Speaking. A recipient of an Alumni Award for Meritorious Service from the Villanova University College of Engineering, Al mentors college students in applying engineering degrees to non-traditional technical career paths.

Maury WrightMaury Wright – editor of LEDs Magazine
Maury Wright is an electronics engineer turned technology journalist, who has focused specifically on the LED & Lighting industry for the past decade. Wright first wrote for LEDs Magazine as a contractor in 2010, and took over as Editor-in-Chief in 2012. He has broad experience in technology areas ranging from microprocessors to digital media to wireless networks that he gained over 30 years in the trade press. Wright has experience running global editorial operations, such as during his tenure as worldwide editorial director of EDN Magazine, and has been instrumental in launching publication websites going back to the earliest days of the Internet. Wright has won numerous industry awards, including multiple ASBPE national awards for B2B journalism excellence, and has received finalist recognition for LEDs Magazine in the FOLIO Eddie Awards. He received a BS in electrical engineering from Auburn University.

Mark Lein, LCMark Lien – Industry Relations Manager, IES
Mark has designed lighting systems for a wide range of applications including residential, retail, healthcare and both conventional and nuclear power plants. He has provided lighting education, working, presenting and teaching throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He serves on the Executive Committees for the 90.1 Energy Code, and the 189.1 committee that writes the International Green Construction Code and the Steering Committee for the Advanced Energy Design Guides. Mark is an active member of multiple other IES, ASHRAE, IEEE, ISO and ANSI Committees. He is a columnist for Lighting Design and Application Magazine writing on the changes in our industry and he hosts a podcast on lighting trends and technologies. Mark served as Chair of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association Light Source Committee and the IES Progress Committee and as Vice-Chair of the National Lighting Bureau.

He has attained the Lighting Certified (LC) credential and is a Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional (CLEP). In addition, Mark is a Certified Lighting Management Consultant (CLMC) and a LEED Accredited Professional. He also holds the High-Performance Building Design Professional (HBDP) certification. After two decades of lighting design and sales, Mark ran the educational centers for both Cooper and Hubbell Lighting and was the Director of Government & Industry Relations for OSRAM SYLVANIA. He joined the staff of the Illuminating Engineering Society in 2016.

Feb
9
Tue
James Benya “Channeling da Boss”
Feb 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Channeling da Boss: An unvarnished look at today’s lighting standards, guidelines, regulations, consortiums, and so much more.

Please join the IES Detroit for a virtual meeting with special guest speaker James R. Benya as he gives us his unvarnished opinion on some of the hot lighting topics of the day. Inspired by the great Steven S. Squillace, Jim will touch on LEED, WELL, DLC, POE, DC, LC, CLD, PE, IES, IALD, and time permitting, possibly some of your other favorite acronyms.

About the speaker:

James BenyaJames R. Benya, PE, FIES, FIALD is a founding principal at Benya Burnett Consultancy, in Davis California. He is a frequent speaker at IES and IALD meetings and conferences, columnist at Designing Lighting Magazine, and a member of the 2013 Class of the Michigan Lighting Hall of Fame.

The Detroit Lighting Community has played a leadership role in IES and illuminating engineering for many years. In particular, one uniquely knowledgeable, skilled and visionary engineer foresaw the future and began a quest to develop new methods and skills in the applied practice of illuminating engineering that to this day are used daily: Steven S. Squillace, PE, FIES. Jim Benya started his career working for Steve at the Smith Group with fellow Michigan Lighting Hall of Fame members David DiLaura, Jan Lennox Gruel (Moyer), Naomi Johnson Miller and Gary Steffy for 11 years prior to moving to San Francisco. He is among the most highly recognized members of the IES community, as a Fellow and twice member of the Board of Fellows of IES, as a 4-time winner of the IES International Illumination Award of Excellence, as a recipient of the 1999 IES President’s Award for his work on ASHRAE/IES 90.1, as a periodic contributor to LD&A, as the winner of the Sol Cohn Lifetime Achievement Award from the IES Northern California Section, and as the 2020 recipient of the IES Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the Society.

Through all of this, Jim has continued Steve Squillace’ s curiosity about light and his constructive commentary and periodic criticism of our industry and its trends. In LD&A in 2018, Jim wrote “Our Work is Done Here”, citing the profound improvements in lighting efficiency 40 years and asking why lighting codes needed to continue to change. He has been a guest speaker on the NAILD podcast “Get a Grip on Lighting” and particularly popular for questioning trends in the industry and marketplace. At the 1992 IES Annual Conference, Jim was introduced by Dan Blitzer as an “iconoclast”. Don’t expect to hear political correctness in this program either.

Topics will include:

  • LEED and WELL – two “standards” -sort of
  • DLC – its past, present and future
  • Dark Skies and responsible outdoor lighting
  • Energy Efficiency: We are there, what is next?
  • Lighting overregulation -Micromanaging milliwatts? Why the triannual changes?
  • POE and DC – Good idea or force fit?
  • Lighting design certification and licensing – LC? CLD? PE? IES? IALD? Nothing at all?
  • Human Centric lighting and a decade of misinformation
  • The race to capitalize on circadian systems
  • PS I hate the phrase “human centric”
  • Blue Light – it causes sky glow
  • UV disinfection systems – appliances or luminaires
  • Indoor farming – gonna make it higher
  • Snake oil is not a cure
  • The international lighting community and us
  • Ethics
  • Anything else you want to ask (not guaranteeing I will know what you are talking about, but I’ve been around the block a couple times and we might just have some fun!)
Mar
18
Thu
Webinar: RP-43, Lighting for People in Outdoor Environments
Mar 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

RP-43, Lighting for People in Outdoor Environments, is also new guidance from the IES, and complementary to the design process of LP2. In this session, physical characteristics of outdoor space will be discussed alongside the importance of pedestrian reassurance. Our RP-43 discussion will walk attendees through thoughtful examples and the ground-breaking illuminance recommendations of pedestrian applications. Spoiler alert, you may achieve better results using less light. Highlighted within the RP-43 illuminance tables are a newly organized structure based on the design process itself. Additionally, ranges of acceptable illumination are offered based on responsible design choices such as glare and spectrum, thus giving the designer increased flexibility to achieve their goals.

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

PRESENTERS:
Rick Utting, Director of Strategic Initiatives Landscape Forms, Inc., Moderator
Rick UttingRick Utting is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Landscape Forms, an industry leader in the design and manufacture of site furniture and outdoor lighting. From 2007 to 2019 Rick led the lighting program for Landscape Forms by emphasizing quality of light for people and the outdoor environment. As a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society, Rick is Vice Chair of the “Lighting for Exterior Applications” standards committee and a frequent speaker on the topic of outdoor lighting. Rick holds a Master of Science degree from Western Michigan University and thirty years’ experience directing product development that includes a U.S. Patent for low-glare and twelve luminaire design awards. In 2013, Rick created the Lighting Leadership Xchange, a university based event that fosters the exchange of information between lighting design professionals and students from undergraduate illumination programs.

Naomi Miller
Naomi MillerMs. Naomi Miller is a designer/scientist in the solid-state lighting program at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Portland OR. Working to bridge the gap between technology and application, Miller promotes the wise use of LEDs, and works with industry to overcome the hurdles where LEDs are not ready for prime time. Miller has received over 30 architectural lighting design awards for projects ranging from churches to university science buildings, boutique hotels, supermarkets, and parking lots. She chaired the IES Quality of the Visual Environment committee for 8 years and was a principal member of the writing team for Light + Design: A Guide to Designing Quality Lighting for People and Buildings (DG-18-08). She is a Fellow of the IES and Fellow of the IALD.

Charles G. Stone, II
Charles G. Stone, IICharles joined Fisher Marantz Stone in 1983 and became President in 2003. The firm’s New York and Seattle studios have received over 200 awards and successfully completed over 5000 projects on five continents. Charles’s “Traveling Light” lecture tour features ten explorations of light and culture and has visited universities and conferences in 22 nations; continuing virtually in 2020 with Podcasts and live Conferences “in” Dubai, Palm Springs, and Buenos Aires. He is a Fellow and Past President of the International Association of Lighting Designers. In addition to annual teaching and recruiting visits to universities worldwide, Charles is active in education as a member of Project Candle at Penn State University, and the Advisory Board for the incipient Architectural Lighting program at Oregon State University. He repeatedly asks his young staff, “what do we make here?…. the answer: “Magic”.

Apr
22
Thu
Webinar: A Second Language of Light
Apr 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Stop pushing lighting; start sharing light.
“We don’t need anything fancy; we just need regular lighting.”
We are all in sales of some kind. Designers sell ideas and concepts that require the sale of light fixtures. Engineers lay out precise solutions that require the purchase of product and the labor of installation. Manufacturers create lighting products that must sell to keep the doors open and food on the table. Client and customer comments like the one above may strike fear in your heart, and it should. Lighting is not often an easy sell.

Someone else does it faster, cheaper, or better so hurry up, lower your prices or fees, and improve your game. The end user doesn’t want what we have and would rather not pay for it. Nobody cares about our calculations but us and lawyers, the client does not know TM-30 from R2-D2, and the only thing selling like hotcakes are the glare bombs shaped like them.

Now for the good news: you are the keeper of a sacred ancient magic that has the power to transform lives. Life depends on this magical force. Light is a fundamental element of our existence, but we need to learn a second language of light if we are to share this amazing gift with the world.

Join David K. Warfel for a romp through the lighting industry where no one is safe from over-simplification and pithy remarks but where everyone can laugh a little and see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel.
And it is brighter than ever.

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

PRESENTER: David K. Warfel
David K. WarfelDavid K. Warfel is an overly sensitive, marginally materialistic, pseudo-tree-hugging Midwestern farm boy turned lighting designer. His hyper-sensitivity means he dims everything including his dashboard, and his marginal materialism means he loves high quality light fixtures, elegant controls, and French cuffs. He calms his enviro-consciousness by using energy-saving lighting solutions and wearing hiking shoes to work, and is always ready to roll up his literal shirt sleeves to solve client problems with baling wire and duct tape (although now he prefers gaffers tape). He uses the title “Convergence Designer” since he cannot decide what he wants to be if he ever grows up (unlikely at this point), and practices at the overlap of architectural and performance lighting. He’s as surprised as you are by the list of credits to his name that range from New York’s Carnegie Hall to the Las Vegas’ Luxor and MGM Grand casinos, from Chicago’s Hyde Park Arts Center and Museum of Science and Industry to residential and hospitality projects in Virginia, Illinois, Wisconsin, Nevada, Oregon, California, and Arizona. He has worked with award-winning firms Schuler Shook and CharterSills, and weathered the recession safely cloistered as the head of lighting design at the University of Illinois. David’s work has been featured in Lighting & Sound America, Lighting Australia, Live Design, and Theatrical Design & Technology, but he is usually reading Inspector Gamache novels or other similar educational materials.

May
6
Thu
Webinar: Meeting the Moment: Lighting and Integration
May 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Pacific Northwest National LaboratoryLighting equipment and controls can do more than just provide light to the visible spectrum. Now is the moment to integrate lighting with other building systems, and this webinar will discuss some recent successes and the challenges involved. It will also preview the latest from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Integrated Lighting Campaign, designed to encourage the integration of lighting and other building systems such as HVAC and plug loads, and to promote the use of innovative sensors.

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

PRESENTERS:
Michael MyerMichael Myer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Michael Myer is a senior researcher at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where he supports U.S. Department of Energy programs including energy codes, appliance standards, and field evaluations.

 

Shanna OlsonShanna Olson, IMEG
Shanna Olson leads IMEG’s architectural lighting group, drawing on more than a decade of experience creating aesthetically pleasing, efficient, and in-budget lighting designs for municipal, healthcare, educational, retail, historic renovation, and commercial clients.