(Belgium) – IALD Europe host cocktail party to mark 50th anniversary.
As the IALD continues to commemorate its 50th anniversary, its Europe chapter hosted a special cocktail evening in Brussels on 29 October.
Nele Devolder, IALD Europe manager, opened the evening highlighting the achievements of the IALD and IALD Europe over the past five decades, and reiterated the key initiatives of the association: speaking with one voice in order to grow and raise the profile of the lighting design profession, and promoting credibility and expertise of IALD members while promoting the advancement and recognition of professional lighting designers. Devolder reiterated a well-known IALD phrase: “Good lighting doesn’t just happen, it’s designed.”
Robert Nuij, European Commission DG Energy Head of Sector for Energy Efficient Products, followed by congratulating IALD Europe on the anniversary, adding that it is always important to have stakeholders such as the IALD at the table in the policy-making process, in order to better shape legislation and bring the expertise of professionals with hands-on knowledge.
The evening culminated with a presentation from Susanna Antico that highlighted why professional lighting designers are needed, while discussing the importance of close collaboration between architects and lighting designers. Through her presentation, Antico showed the passion and emotional side of lighting design, emphasising Devolder’s point that good lighting is well designed.