IALD Enlighten Americas makes triumphant return

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Welcoming more than 400 attendees from across the professional spectrum, the IALD Enlighten Americas 2022 conference opened in Palm Springs, California for three days of collaboration and celebration.

Launching on 28 September, the event offered three days of informative sessions from veteran and emerging professionals in the industry, roundtable discussions between manufacturers and specifiers, peer networking, and all the celebratory energy of an international community in attendance.

Guests were treated to an awe-inspiring keynote address by award-winning sculptor Janet Echelman, as well as the induction of two lauded professionals into the IALD College of Fellows: Steve Brown, FIALD, FIES, CLD of Australia; and Ulrike Brandi, FIALD, CLD of Germany.

The in-person event also provided eagerly anticipated gatherings for members of the Lighting Information Resource Council (LIRC), galvanising the collaboration and cooperative insight that the Council provides to lighting designers and manufacturers alike.

Furthermore, the IALD Education Trust welcomed students and educators to the event as a result of Trust-provided stipends, in keeping with the mission to further the advancement opportunities for the next regeneration of lighting design talent.

Christopher Knowlton, IALD Chief Executive Officer, was thrilled to see the enthusiasm coming from the event aptly titled “Into the Sunlight”.

He said: “It was rewarding to see so many members of our community coming together for the first time in several years and re-connecting so positively. It really goes to show that the lighting profession is emerging strong and energetic from the pandemic.”

The IALD Enlighten Americas conference will return in November 2023 in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Early information regarding speaking opportunities, sponsorship, volunteering, and general attendance will be released in coming months on the IALD website and social media channels.

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