IALD welcomes new Middle East region

16th January 2023

(Middle East) – The IALD has expanded its network to include the Middle East region.

As an ever-growing collective of professionals worldwide, the establishment of a dedicated region in the Middle East provides an open door to thousands of talented individuals in those countries to share their passions and be a part of the International Association of Lighting Designer’s (IALD) programmes and events.

Joining 10 other regions in the association’s network, IALD Middle East invites interested designers to become members of the IALD community and gain access to its array of programmes, events, and networking among more than 1,500 industry colleagues.

Christopher Knowlton, CEO of the IALD, said: “This organisation and its community have been a beacon of integrity and dynamism for over 50 years, and the establishment of a new region in the Middle East is testament to the ceaseless evolution of this incredible profession.”

As a leading firm in lighting design on the global stage, HLB Lighting was central in the application to the IALD for the creation of the new region. Maria Dautant, Associate IALD, and Senior Associate with HLB was thrilled to join in the announcement.

She said: “IALD Middle East will expand our local network in a key region for architecture and design. I’m excited to grow our community and strengthen the global voice of lighting design.”

In celebration of this expansion, the IALD will be a proud association partner for Light Middle East, taking place 17-19 January in Dubai, UAE. Knowlton will be joining Dautant to applaud the new region and Dautant will be participating in the ‘The Rise of The Festival’ discussion on 18 January as part of the event’s LIGHTALKS panel series.

Designers interested in becoming members of the IALD and joining the new Middle East region can find further details on the IALD website.