As president of IALD, what do you hope to accomplish?
IALD has a clear mission; to promote the visible success of our lighting design members. That gives us focus and aligns us. By doing so, we ultimately create a better world through leadership and excellence in lighting design. Towards that, personally I have three major goals in mind. The first is community development. As part of IALD’s globalization, we are building a strong presence around the world as well as collaborations with relevant organizations. We developed conferences including Enlighten Americas, Enlighten Asia and Enlighten Europe, and we also support workshops and activities at other shows, like LIGHTFAIR and Light + Building.
Second, we are raising the profile of the profession. We have committees on energy and regulatory affairs that are devoted to public policy. We recognize practitioner’s excellence through a well-reputed awards program. And we also have two important sister entities, the IALD Educational Trust to focus on supporting academic activities, and the Lighting Industry Resource Council (LIRC) to enhance communication between our members, partners and manufacturers.
Third, we champion efforts for the recognition of practitioners, leading to the development of the Certified Lighting Designer (CLD) certification. Right now, it is an independent program, but we provide funding for it, along with a task force and certification specialists to develop it. IALD also supports its members in adjacent fields and conferences.
There are two ways in which I am interested in providing support for these three goals. First is through strategic thinking. Part of my responsibility as President of the association is to tune into what’s happening globally, and use this information to guide the Board towards strategies that are aligned with our mission.
Next is to create bridges between different regions of the world, particularly between lighting designer communities. For the first time, we have a non-native English speaking IALD president; this is a good sign that IALD is an international association. I look forward to building connections globally. I’m passionate about this, and I think this is one of the reasons that they elected me for this position.