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Northern California's Architectural Lighting & Design Exposition
11:30 AM11:30

Northern California's Architectural Lighting & Design Exposition

Light! Design Expo

Curated Expo of 135 Exhibitors of Architectural Lighting Products
Four Free AIA & IES CEU Accredited Seminars
No Host Top Shelf Bar 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Complimentary Cuisine from San Francisco Food Trucks

On July 11, 2019 from 11:30 am-8pm, IES San Francisco Section's Light! Design Expo returns to Pier 27 on San Francisco's Embarcadero, with its beautiful panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay and waterfront. Light! Design Expo showcases the latest in architectural lighting products, attracts a wide range of design professionals, and is the only architectural lighting products show in Northern California. This exciting annual architectural lighting event for the design community is becoming known as the best lighting show in the US. Light! Design Expo's product showcases and free seminars are carefully curated for the Bay Area architecture, design, engineering, and construction community: lighting designers, architects, interior designers, engineers, building owners, facilities and maintenance teams, school districts, municipalities, contractors, real estate developers, construction firms, and more.

Light! Design Expo is free for attendees. Light! presents a unique opportunity to learn about design trends and designing for specific applications and populations. All this in a social and festive setting with amazing views of the San Francisco Bay and waterfront.

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LIGHTFAIR® International 2019
to May 23

LIGHTFAIR® International 2019

The connected future is yours to discover here: LIGHTFAIR® International 2019. The lighting and design industry’s source for all that is new and next. Where brilliant solutions in lighting, connectivity, design and integration will unfold in a synergy of light in life. In the unsurpassed resources of the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting event.

Year after year, thousands of architecture, design, engineering, energy and lighting industry professionals come to LFI from more than 70 countries to find the newest ideas in lighting products, technology and design.

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Ice, Darkness, a Circadian Story
5:30 PM17:30

Ice, Darkness, a Circadian Story

Apparatus Design is happy to invite you to attend a most compelling circadian story, and chance to meet the new Global Director for Ligman Lighting, Martin Valentine.

London based, Martin Valentine was responsible for the lighting design for the British Antarctic Survey’s Halley VI Station, a  space-station on ice and within the design process was able to bring in endocrinological research data gathered from the winter crew of previous Halleys spanning 40-years. This lecture will show the history and challenges of life in Antarctica, the research, analysis and the solutions for the unique energy efficient sustainable lighting design that was installed in Halley VI.

Now, over ten years since the lighting design was first conceived and five years since the station became occupied, the story and solution for Halley has resonance and lessons to give to many of us in the field of human centric lighting.

British Antarctic Survey’s Halley VI Station is the 6th version of BAS’s permanent home that has sat on Antarctica’s Brunt Ice Shelf since 1964. Halley VI was designed in 2006 and opened in late 2011. Every April a core selection of 20 out of the base’s approximate 80 staff remain to ‘winter’ for around 100-days, isolated and in permanent nighttime until relief arrives the following spring.

Cases of psychosis, suicide, depression are all too common historically in those whom winter in Antarctica and research data was invaluable on how people are subjectively and objectively affected by these long winter periods, including recording of hormone levels, monitoring of light and UV exposure and EEG/ECG readings.

This event is co-sponsored by Ligman Lighting USA and their Northern California Agent 16500.

Please RSVP to Celine Marzipan:  This event is expected to fill up quickly

Download Martin Valentine's Ice, Darkness, a Circadian Story, Whitepaper HERE.

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Student Design Symposium
5:30 PM17:30

Student Design Symposium

Lighting Color Quality Essentials for Designers

It doesn’t matter how much money your clients invest in wood furniture, walls and floors or saturated colored fabrics and finishes.  If those wavelengths of color are not in the light source, you will not be able to render the richness of the finishes.

In this class we will review how quality of light in LED Lighting is defined by knowledge of color temperature, and color rendering, and how this knowledge is essential for a successful final design project.  We will use slides, and product demonstrations to show how finishes are impacted by color temperature, and color rendering index. Please bring sample boards with saturated colored finishes to use for our demonstrations.

We will also demonstrate the benefits of color-tunable LED lighting for office, school, retail, and hospitality application and how color tunable light mimics our favorite lightsource daylight. The class will end with a discussion of why California is the only state in the country with a 90 CRI minimum for residential applications.

Class is 50 minutes long including 10 minutes for questions & responses


Therese Lahaie/Apparatus Design Bio

Therese Lahaie is a lightologist. As a practitioner of light, Therese has presented her AIA and IDCEC approved "Innovators in LED Lighting" trainings to more than 3000 design professionals. Her educational product demonstrations capture the attention of designers in an era of information overload.

Therese managed custom lighting for companies including Translite Sonoma, Philips, Lightolier and Morrison Lighting, and uses LED lighting in her public art projects. As a result, she learned first-hand of many of the technical challenges and issues with the new technology. Her passion for light led her to form Apparatus Design.

Today, Therese is an independent consultant who connects lighting designers and manufacturers with LED lighting solutions. In addition to her Lunch and Learn trainings, Therese serves as program advisor for the light and architecture conference Lightspace California, juror for the architectural lighting competition 40under40 North America, and is co-instructor for a new AIA Lighting Layers class.  

Therese also has an active career as an artist working in the medium of light. Some of her projects include the public art installation Crossing Signal Mosaic, and sculptural pieces in the permanent collections of the Crocker Art Museum and the DiRosa Collection in California, the Corning Museum of Glass Contemporary Collection in New York, and the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft in Denmark.

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to Oct 28

AIA/IDCE Training

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Metro Lighting
2240 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702

Max Pierson, of Minuscule Lighting, and I have been working on a new AIA/IDCEC (2 LUS) approved course to show how thoughtful use of lighting can express and enhance the architectural statement. Max describes the content as “less about the technical metrics of lighting and more how to integrate light in architecture, as both a functional and artistic endeavor.”  This course will present the layers you can use to add depth and subtlety to your architectural composition, and I will be presenting some exciting updates in LED technology that can improve occupant satisfaction and comfort. Course participants will conclude the class with a hands-on activity to put these ideas into practice.

What you can expect to learn:

  1. The 4 lighting layers used to enhance the design of architectural spaces

  2. Ways that lighting contributes to making built projects look 3 Dimensional

  3. Advances in LED lighting technology

  4. Applications of all 4 lighting layers to illuminate a space using a hands-on example

Participants are eligible for 2 AIA/IDCEC LUs.

Please mark your calendar for the next presentation of the course on September 27th at the Metro Lighting showroom located at 2240 San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley, California. Many thanks to Lawrence Grown for hosting us! If you missed our last course at AIA SF, please get in touch about this upcoming opportunity in the East Bay!

In addition, please look out for registration details to follow, as we have been invited back to present at AIA –SF once more on October 17th. You can find all of AIA-SF’s offerings on their Community Calendar.

AIA San Francisco
130 Sutter Street Suite 600
San Francisco 94104
United States

Lighting Layers presented by:

Therese Lahaie, Apparatus Design, 2017 
Max Pierson, Minuscule Lighting, 2017 

If you have colleagues that would be interested in this training, please forward this information. We hope you’ll join us and let us be your guide to informed lighting decisions! 

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12:00 PM12:00

Light! Design Expo

Thursday, June 28, 2018
12:00 - 8:00 PM

Pier 27
San Francisco, CA 94111

IES SF's Light! Design Expo returns to the beautiful Pier 27 on San Francisco's Embarcadero, with its beautiful panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay and waterfront. This exciting annual architectural lighting and design expo attracts a wide range of design professionals and is the only architectural lighting products show in Northern California. 

Light! Design Expo's product showcases and educational seminars are specifically geared toward the lighting design and specification community: lighting designers, architects, interior designers, engineers, building owners, facilities and maintenance teams, school districts, municipalities, contractors and more.

The Expo features complimentary cuisine from local San Francisco food truck stations and dessert carts and a no host bar from 12pm-8pm.

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6:00 PM18:00

2018 IESSF Lux Awards

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
6:00pm – 11:00 PM

The IES San Francisco Section's SF*LUX Lumen Excellence Awards recognizes excellence in architectural lighting design and the local professionals who work to further our field. Held in parallel with the national IES Illumination Awards, the two programs specifically aim to recognize individuals for professionalism, ingenuity, and originality in lighting design. 

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7:30 PM19:30

40Under40 Award Gala

Monday, March 12, 2018
7:30 - 10:00 PM

Parker Hotel
119 W 56th St
New York, NY 10019

A new generation of lighting design talent is emerging. It’s more driven, diverse, collaborative, curious, tech-savvy and passionate than ever. And it’s questioning how things are done.

Armed with the unparalleled breadth of technology and able to instantly draw on unlimited inspiration, these millennials are raising the bar on the creativity and quality of projects across the world.

To recognize and celebrate this cohort, 40 young lighting designers are selected as North American representatives of this new generation and ambassadors for their industry. All are outstanding young people with much to contribute.

Their mission is to take the craft forward in the twenty-first century, and to build on the work of the pioneers who created the profession and achieved recognition for it in previous decades. We welcome them to lighting design, and look forward to seeing their increasing impact in the coming years.

40under40 North America 2018 program culminates in an awards presentation and networking evening taking place on March 12, 2018 at Parker Hotel, New York.


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6:00 PM18:00

Robert Venturi in Rome: Author Lecture

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 PM

AIA San Francisco
130 Sutter Street, Suite 600
San Francis, California  94104
United States

Robert Venturi’s Rome is a guidebook to the city of Rome as seen through the eyes of Robert Venturi and his classic text Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture by two subsequent Rome Prize fellows and architects, Frederick Fisher and Stephen Harby. Fisher and Harby take the reader on a journey back through time by visiting and discussing the Roman buildings and places that exemplify Venturi’s revolutionary ideas. The buildings and what they meant to Venturi are reexamined with the perspective of fifty years of architectural advancements. The volume is full of imaginative and analytical watercolor illustrations painted exclusively for the book and inspired by the small black and white illustrations in Venturi’s work.

In the original book, published in 1966, Venturi viewed architecture, landscape and art as different manifestations of common aesthetic themes. Venturi wrote this seminal publication following a two-year Rome Prize fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, and there is no doubt the city had a profound influence on his thinking. Many buildings in Rome serve as examples that illustrate his theories. From the Pantheon, through works by his favorite artist, Michelangelo, and on to 20th century buildings by Armando Brasini and Luigi Moretti, Venturi reveals Rome as a complex and contradictory city. Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture became one of the era’s most significant theoretical works on architectural theory and is still fundamental to the development of every young architect’s outlook on architecture. Thus, Fisher and Harby’s Robert Venturi’s Rome pays homage to the design influence this publication has had, and will continue to have, on the design world.

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