IALD Enlighten Americas announce keynote speaker

15th August 2022

(USA) – World-renowned artist Janet Echelman will deliver the keynote presentation at IALD Enlighten Americas 2022, the IALD has announced.

Known for her sculptural pieces around the globe, Echelman works at the scale of buildings and city blocks. Interactions between her work, light, wind and the local environment transfer her pieces from objects you look at into an experience that you can get lost in.

Her TED Talk, “Taking Imagination Seriously” has been translated into 35 languages, with more than two million views. Recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, Harvard Loeb Fellowship, Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellowship, and Fulbright Sr. Lectureship, Echelman received the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Visual Arts, honouring “the greatest innovators in America today.” In popular culture, Oprah ranked Echelman’s work #1 on her List of 50 Things That Make You Say Wow!, and Echelman was named an Architectural Digest Innovator for “changing the very essence of urban spaces.”

IALD Enlighten Americas 2022 will take place on 29 September – 1 October at the Westin Rancho Mirage in Palm Springs, California. The full conference schedule includes 29 experts speaking across more than 18 educational sessions. Registration is open, with more information available here.