ArchLIGHT Summit issues call for speakers

(USA) – Dallas Market Center announces an official call for speakers for the ArchLIGHT Summit, a new lighting trade event and educational platform, held between 21 – 22 September 2021, for architectural, specification and design communities.

Consistent with the show’s mission to be boldly different and actively inclusive, the most sought-after sessions will aim to break the mould of traditional presentations and panels, in favour of more experiential learning and honest discussions.

“Our goal is to redefine educational experiences at trade shows, leveraging our unique permanent marketplace and inviting presenters who offer out-of-the-box ways of conveying information and voices that welcome a platform to the architectural, specification and design communities,” said Laura Van Zeyl, Vice President of Lighting Technology Development & Marketing at Dallas Market Center.

Dallas Market Center is already home to the largest residential lighting show in the Western Hemisphere, Lightovation, which occurs each January and June on two floors of permanent exhibits in the Dallas Trade Mart. The first ArchLIGHT Summit will take place 21 – 22 September, 2021 on the Trade Mart’s first floor, supplementing dozens of commercial crossover exhibitors from Lightovation with leading architectural lighting brands.

The show’s mission is to create something new driven by three progressive goals: Showcase Only The Best, Be Boldly Inclusive, and Be Radically Playful. To accomplish these goals, the show is working hand-in-hand with industry thought leaders on shaping the show with a diverse group of perspectives as well as creating hands-on product interaction and forward-thinking seminars and sessions.

The CEU’s for ArchLIGHT Summit will include AIA-accredited sessions as well as IDCEC-accredited sessions. Speakers are also sought for sessions that are WELL AP-accredited. ArchLIGHT Summit is committed to inclusiveness and a diversity of speakers and presenters.

In addition to the seminars, hands-on lab learning, and panel discussions, attendees will also be able to experience engaging displays and learning labs, receptions and tours within the permanent lighting showrooms participating in the show. A full schedule will be announced spring 2021.

Dozens of existing architectural lighting resources at Dallas Market Center and a robust local specification community prompted the development of the ArchLIGHT Summit, which will broaden offerings to include non-residential brands in addition to those already present that straddle residential and commercial markets. The city’s central location and accessibility is conducive to a broad geographic reach, creating new opportunities in the wake of announcements of other western regional shows being permanently canceled.

ArchLIGHT Summit will be co-located with Dallas Design Week, providing additional CEU and networking opportunities for attendees of both events. Dallas Market Center is the largest and most active design centre in the country, with more than 1.5 million-sqft of home décor showrooms in three buildings.

ArchLIGHT Summit organisers are working closely with an advisory board of distinguished industry leaders who provide valuable perspectives for shaping this groundbreaking event and its educational programming. Members include Francesca Bastianini, IES, principal of Sighte Studio; Craig A. Bernecker, Ph.D., founder of The Lighting Education Institute; Andrea Hartranft, FIALD, principal of Hartranft Lighting Design; Archit Jain, IALD, LEED SP, ISLA, principal of Oculus Light Studio; Kelly Roberts, LEED BD+C, IES, studio director of Wald Studio; Laura McDonald Stewart, FASID, RID, LEED AP, WELL AP, founder and owner of Laura McDonald Enterprises and PLiNTH & CHiNTZ; and Kevin L. Wallace, AIA, principal of DSGNworks.

Confirmed association partners include American Lighting Association, Lighting Controls Association, National Lighting Bureau, and Women in Lighting + Design.

Media Partners include arc magazine, Architectural Products, Architectural SSL, Building Design + Construction, Commercial Construction & Renovation, darc magazine, Designing Lighting, Edison Report, Energy Watch News, Furniture Lighting & Décor, Inside.Lighting, Light Directory, The Lighting Exchange,, and McMorrow Reports.

For more information about the live exhibitor registration and proposal submission (deadline 31 December 2020), go to