10:00 AM10:00

The Illumitunity Convergence: Adapt & Thrive in the Lighting Ecosystem

Dramatic bad news, like the “disruption” of lighting, stands out more than good news because we now consume so much more information faster than ever, and we’re hardwired to be somewhat paranoid. But the mythology of disruption and decline hides the dramatic reality of endless possibilities: “Illumitunity”- the upside of “Illumigeddon.” Illumitunity is about how convergence – of technologies, cultural ideas, and economic models – not disruption, provides the real transformative force that creates change and economic growth. In this fertile ecosystem, opportunities for new ideas, products, business models and partnerships often hid in plain sight, while we are blinded only by our paralysis, fear, and lack of imagination. Discover how we can get beyond the chaos and confusion of the dramatic, and often overwhelming, changes in lighting, energy, and technology and focus on adapting more effectively to change with new tools, perspectives, and predictive models.

Join me with Christopher Brown at LightShow West in Las Vegas on Wednesday , October 17 at 10 am.

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9:00 AM09:00

Energy Codes: Where Do We Go From Here?

Lighting codes, including, ASHRAE/IES 90.1, the IECC, California’s Title 24 and the Seattle Energy Code, have mandated the lighting industry to become more energy-efficient. Lighting is now close to the theoretical limit of minimizing power – which, with currently available technologies at their maximum efficiency, is about 97 percent less than 1973. A good code should prevent bad design, embracing emerging technology, but it must also respect good design and reduce the heavy cost of compliance. The industry needs to realize the accomplishments made in energy reduction, and understand that 100 percent of energy cannot be saved. Or can it?

Join me with James Benya, moderator, CJ Brockway, Susan Larson, and Brian Liebel at LightShow West in Las Vegas. More Info & Registration HERE

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8:00 AM08:00

Building As Luminaire: A Design Charrette Workshop


Workshop at The LED Show/Strategies in Light
Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 8:00 am -12:00 pm
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA

Intended for anyone in lighting, architecture, construction, operations, or maintenance who wants a better understanding of how lighting – natural and electric –drives architecture, this half day design charrette workshop focuses on designing three different buildings, each in different climate zones, whose first requirement is to provide optimal light. The charrette will simulate the early conceptual phase of an integrated design process, where many disciplines interact closely to set parameters and explore possibilities in form, massing, siting, systems, materials, energy, health and wellness, and connection to the local environment and ecosystem. 

The presenters will provide detailed background material on the history of architecture and light; old and new technology for lighting and daylighting; IoT; advanced façade systems; energy efficiency and sustainability; and relevant recent case studies for light-driven buildings. A short but specific design brief is given that sets the hypothetical Owner’s Project Requirements and Basis of Design; locations; climate zone data; cultural environments; and construction budgets and schedules. Class participants divide into teams to develop design solutions, while speakers serve as advisors-at-large to the teams. Then each team, competing to “win” the project, presents to the speakers, who serve as hypothetical client owners representatives. 



Elizabeth Bishop,
Senior Designer Façade Engineering, Arup
A licensed architect in the US, Elizabeth has over a decade of practice with complex high profile projects in the US and UK, including  the Burj Khalifa and KAPSARC. As both an architect and a facade engineer, she has worked through all design and construction phases. Before Arup, she was a Lead Designer at Zaha Hadid Architects in London for five years, and an Architectural Designer at Skidmore, Owings, Merrill in Chicago for three years. She has a Masters in Architecture from Tulane University and a Masters in Environmental Design and Architecture from Yale University. 


Enrique Peiniger, Office of Visual Interaction
As a principal and co-founder of Office for Visual Interaction, Enrique Peiniger, Dipl.-Ing., M.A., Assoc. AIA, MIES, IALD, has integrated cutting-edge lighting technology for leading historical, contemporary, and avant-garde structures, including the Canadian Parliament, EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the new LED streetlight for New York City. The firm’s work has been recognized with the highest honors, including the IES Lumen Award of Excellence, IALD Award of Excellence, and World Architecture News’ Lighting Project of the Year. Enrique has led lighting design workshops and presented at professional lighting congresses and universities worldwide, such as Light + Building in Frankfurt, Yale University, and PLDC conventions in Berlin and London. In 2004, he was appointed as the lighting expert for UNESCO missions to Kuwait. Enrique has also taught at the Technical University of Berlin and at Parsons The New School for Design, where he was appointed as a distinguished faculty member.


Jeremy Steinmeier, Gensler
Jeremy is a modernist architect and lighting designer with a passion for design and construction. His award-winning projects include single and multi-unit housing, retail facilities, and commercial projects. He was a Senior Architect and Lighting Designer with Architecture and Light in San Francisco, and completed several projects for award-winning architects including Studios Architecture, Tigerman McCurry, Wong Logan Architects, Tom Elliot Fisch, and Heidi Richardson.


Clifton Stanley Lemon, Clifton Lemon Associates
Clifton works with manufacturers and design organizations in strategy, product development, marketing, and customer experience. Clifton was formerly Marketing Communications Manager for Soraa and Director of Business Development at Integral Group. He is the President of the Illuminating Engineering Society, San Francisco Section, and is on the Advisory Boards of Strategies in Light/The LED Show, Lightspace CA, and LightShow West. 

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9:00 AM09:00

A Machine for Light: The Building as Luminaire


Jeremy Steinmeier, Architect & Lighting Designer, Gensler
Clifton Stanley Lemon, CEO Clifton Lemon Associates

What if a primary purpose of architecture is to deliver light? An examination of historical building practice answers this question in fascinating ways. As a "service" provided by buildings, light has a primary role, often determining or significantly impacting siting, massing, fenestration, materials, height and structural systems. History provides many examples of effective strategies for maximizing daylight (and firelight), evolved over millennia in a wide variety of cultures and climates. This seminar will demonstrate how light remains a driving force in architecture, and will show how lighting designers and architects can collaborate to create better lighting and better buildings.

This talk will cover: how rich lessons from the past can help to build the future; how to make the role of lighting designer more relevant and how to improve building design through a better understanding of lighting; how traditional architectural design strategies for mitigating glare and providing proper light distribution and views are often preferable to relying on electric lighting and complex control systems and can contribute to higher LEED scores, reduced energy use, and occupant health and comfort; and ways to question current practices, have more impact on early stages of building projects, and defend design ideas with historical precedent.

LightShow West, LA Convention Center

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9:00 AM09:00

Building with Light: A Conversation about Light and Design


Claudia Carol, Firmwide Planning & Urban Design Practice Area Leader, Senior Associate – Gensler
Gere Kavanaugh, Principal – Gere Kavanaugh Designs
Clifton Stanley Lemon, CEO Clifton Lemon Associates

LightShow West, LA Convention Center

As we learn more about generative and resilient building, efficiency, and the effects of light on behavior, cognition, wellness, and healthy cities, designers across many disciplines are now in a unique position to collaborate and innovate. This session is a conversation between a leading interior designer and a leading urban planner on light as a fundamental building material and a connective element that dramatically impacts our experience of the built environment. The conversation will explore the history of public and private lighting and how technical and design developments have impacted interiors, architecture, and urban planning over the last 400 years; analyze the similarities and differences between historical and modern social transformations reflected in architecture and planning, and how these can be viewed through the lens of lighting; and investigate how we can transform architectural and lighting design practice to integrate both new technology and time-honored sustainable building practices.

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1:00 PM13:00

Evolution of Luminaires: History, Future, Culture, Technology, Design Workshop at The LED Show

Far too often discourse about the future of lighting is focused only on new technologies emerging, evolving, and multiplying at a dizzying rate, and on a relentless news feed of mergers, acquisitions and market projections. We forget that“disruptive” transitions to new technologies in the past closely mirror those in the present and that we can look to history as a rich source of ideas for better design. 

Today new technologies offer unlimited new possibilities to use light in ways never before possible. But to date the prevalent design approach has been to simply replace incandescent and fluorescent sources with LED in fixtures that were designed around the limitations of those earlier technologies. We are often constrained by our cognitive grasp of what constitutes a light source in the first place – the lines between lamps, fixtures, and other components and systems are steadily blurring and being redefined. And our entire electrical infrastructure, originally designed and installed first to deliver electric incandescent lighting, must be gradually upgraded and transformed in order to make the best use of LED and other new technologies, such as IoT. This presents a wide set of unique challenges to designers of luminaires and the power and control systems behind them. 

Many trends in the lighting industry impact luminaire design today, including miniaturization; consolidation of functions; simplification; digitization; sensorization; “ledification”; LiFI; embedded intelligence; connectivity; and supply chain compression. And as technologies multiply and combine, we find ourselves redefining our fundamental relationship with light.

Questions that this workshop will address include:

• How can we adapt to the fundamental directional nature of LED light sources when previous technologies are omnidirectional?

• How can we manage our product roadmap, and how can we figure out what the market really needs?

• How can we manage a potentially crushing proliferation of SKUs in our product line an din lighting products in general?

• How can we plan for products that meet the needs of retrofit vs new construction?

• How can we insure that non-lighting functions and stakeholders don’t exert undue influence on lighting decisions?

• Who do we partner with: when and why?

The 4 hour workshop session will consist of presentations, a panel discussion, and audience Q&A and collaboration. It will include an overview of historical, cultural, and aesthetic influences in luminaire design in addition to technical considerations. Leading luminaire designers, product managers, and specifiers will present successful solutions and approaches. Interactive group exercises will focus on identifying products and applications that are most needed to meet today’s challenges for energy performance, health and wellbeing, modularity, adaptability, connectivity, and “future proofing.”

It will also include a design charrette, whereby audience and speakers divide into three teams to develop a design concept for a luminaire. Each team will have approximately an hour to develop concepts, then present them to the speaker panel, who will act as funders/approvers of the project. 

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6:00 PM18:00

IESSF Emerging Professionals Event with Janet Moyer - Thursday March 10

The IES Emerging Professionals San Francisco is pleased to present an evening with landscape lighting guru Janet Lennox Moyer.

Janet Moyer, quite literally wrote the book on landscape lighting. First published in 1992 The Landscape Lighting Book, now in its third addition, laid the foundation for contemporary outdoor illumination. Its scope has expanded to cover the use of LEDs, as well as new and expanded coverage of renderings, Mesopic Vision, and the latest controls approaches and systems.

This golden tome was followed by “She Paints with Light” in 2008 and a second volume in 2009 showcasing her work in full color, a considerable achievement considering the subtleties of lighting the night.

An honored speaker at LightFair, we are proud to have her impart her wisdom to our chapter.

Please join us for a wonderful evening.

Registration is free, but seating is limited. You must register in advance.

Thursday, March 10, 2016
6:00 - 8:30pm

DPR Construction
945 Front St.
San Francisco, CA 94111

Jeremy Steinmeier, AIA, LC   jeremy_steinmeier@gensler.com
Kasey Nunes   nuneskasey@gmail.com




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Net-Zero Nonzero: Lighting and the Evolving Smart City
1:00 PM13:00

Net-Zero Nonzero: Lighting and the Evolving Smart City

We hear a lot lately about Net Zero buildings that produce as much energy as they consume, and as we extend this idea to cities, energy efficiency will continue to be a crucial part of our future. NonZero refers to the human part of the equation: social arrangements, especially cities, where a nonzero (or win-win) game is possible, where cooperation, exchange, innovation, trade, environmental, balance and sustainable growth are possible. With the world rapidly urbanizing, strategies that facilitate nonzero interactions are essential to our survival. The Smart City, for which lighting is an important driving force, is one of these strategies.

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5:30 PM17:30

Elevating Brand Experience Lighting Techniques- IESSF Event

Webster's definition of a brand is a category of products that are all made by a particular company and all have a particular name. Whereas branding aims to create a unique experience to reinforce a product or service. How does light change the perception of a brand? How can memorable iconic lighting elements reinforce a brand? In addition to these questions the dialog between the clients brand, the architect's brand, and the lighting designer's brand, and who's brand should take the lead will be discussed. Angela McDonald and Faith Jewell will present examples of different lighting techniques in project installations where lighting becomes part of the brand. 

Repetition of elements, pushing and pulling of scale, use of color and making memorable iconic lighting statements are some techniques used to elevate a brand experience or change the perception of a brand. Some of the brands to be discussed include Verizon, Target, Visa, LAX, and Jins.

Angela McDonald, Senior Principal at Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design San Francisco
Faith Jewell, Associate at Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design San Francisco


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5:30 PM17:30

Connective Innovation & Emerging Technologies: What’s NEXT in Lighting and Tech

IES San Francisco Section & Autodesk present:

Zach Gentry, Vice President, Enlighted
Stephanie Egger, Building Scientist, Autodesk
Ebbe AltbergCEO, Linden Lab
Clifton Lemon, Founder, LightPlace Advisors, Clifton Lemon Associates

Lights that sense where you are and give you behavioral data that helps you plan better spaces? Immersion experiences that allow you to feel like you’re really in a space, complete with hyper-realistic daylight and electric light? Lights and sensor systems that know how you feel better than you do? Things like this are not only coming soon, they’re already here and being combined and deployed in surprising new ways. Today we’re deluged with talk about Smart Cities, advanced controls, Internet of Things, Internet of Everything, Industrial Internet, Physical Internet...it seems like very day there’s a new innovation, technology, or paradigm to know about or risk being seen as behind the curve. You might be feeling a bit of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). 

Will a robot eat your job? When? The answers are: yes and probably sooner than you’re comfortable with. Automation and machine learning replace a lot of jobs (as they should in many cases) but despite what Silicon Valley, politicians, or some economists may want you to believe, they usually don’t create new ones. How do you cope?

In the lighting industry, the talk has been about smart controls and applications that go far beyond what we know of lighting today, so far, in fact that the industry may become unrecognizable much faster than we think. This event will challenge you to see your current practice in a much larger context and to make technology work for you rather than vice versa.


5:30 – 6:30 Networking

6:30 – 6:35 Introductions & Announcements 

6:35 - 8:00 Presentations 

8:00– 8:30 Moderated Panel Discussion: Combining Emerging Technologies and Innovations to Create the Lighting Industry of the Future
Clifton Lemon, Moderator Zach Gentry, Stephanie Egger, Ebbe Altberg 


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Cities That Learn: Lighting & the History and Future of Smart City
10:00 AM10:00

Cities That Learn: Lighting & the History and Future of Smart City

This seminar at LightShow West Oct 21, presented by Clifton Lemon explores the fascinating history of public lighting and its invaluable role in determining how new technologies may evolve to help society adapt to increasing urban density and environmental and economic challenges. Optimal outcomes in lighting and Internet of Things (IOT) – reducing energy use, increasing retail sales, enhancing property values, improving municipal services, and making cities vibrant healthy places to live – depend on better public and private decisions about design and investment in the new technologies. The many interrelated benefits that new technology and good design provide mean that owners, developers and public agencies must pay more attention to the multidisciplinary practice of urban public lighting as an integral component in urban planning for night time use of cities.

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