IALD Celebrates 50th Anniversary

(USA) – The IALD is to commemorate its landmark 50th anniversary with events around the world throughout 2019.

The International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) is this year celebrating a momentous milestone, as 2019 marks 50 years of serving its members and the entire lighting design profession.

Initially established in 1969 as a small group of passionate and dedicated architectural lighting designers with the goal of elevating the profession of independent lighting design, the organisation has steadily grown into a global association that now represents over 1,450 members across more than 60 countries.

“Today we celebrate lighting design as a well-established and growing profession,” said IALD President, David Ghatan, IALD, CLD. “IALD’s tremendous membership growth is due in large part to our strategic focus on building community, and it is representative of the global growth of our profession.

“The work of lighting designers is no longer about just illuminating a space – our work, more than ever, is about quality of life in light.”

As part of this landmark anniversary, the IALD has prepared for celebrations and recognitions to take place throughout the year at region and chapter events around the world, beginning at IALD Enlighten Asia, and including Lightfair International, the IALD International Lighting Design Awards Event, and culminating at IALD Enlighten Americas in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on 3-5 October.

Marsha Turner, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of IALD, added: “As we embark on a yearlong celebration, the entire community is invited to join us in looking to the future; together, we’ll continue to create a better world through our dedication to excellence in lighting design and the power of light in human life.”

The IALD community is comprised of dedicated lighting design professionals whose work integrates the arts, sciences and business of illumination design. IALD has worked to elevate its members and the role of lighting design around the world through educating and empowering lighting designers at every level; fostering connections to build community by engaging them globally while connecting them locally; and by advocating on their behalf for regulatory and policy issues impacting the profession.

IALD further extends its reach and amplifies its voice by establishing close relationships with lighting associations and other related associations around the world.