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It was up to me

It was up to me

by Alison Ritter

Alison Ritter Duplex 2017I have more than favourable memories of my school life. Not surprising that I opted to become a teacher…! Why did I enjoy my secondary school days so much? It was a couple of decades before I even asked myself this question. And another few years before I hit upon the answer. The main thing I learnt at school was: it was up to me. Weiterlesen »

EILD 2016

EILD 2016

The Encontro Ibero-americano de Lighting Design is a non-profit initiative of a group of independent and active professionals. Every second year this group organises educational events for lighting designers. The 4th EILD edition,  is taking place in Ouro Preto, Brazil from the 21st to 24th September 2016.

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ACE manifesto on the professionalism of the lighting designer

ACE manifesto on the professionalism of the lighting designer

The French lighting designers’ association, ACE (Association Concepteurs lumière et Éclairagistes) have put together a manifesto outlining the intentions, motives and views of their members as practising professional lighting designers.Manifesto of ligthing designers-1

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Support for students

Support for students

We support students at all levels through the network and know-how we have built up over the last 20 years. We can offer guidance, advice and help to find internships and jobs, and ways and means of applying for financial support. Our young designer speaker competition The Challenge gives recent graduates and young designers the opportunity to learn from exemplary professionals, develop their skills as international presenters, and have the chance to speak in front of an international audience – and win a money prize. The PLD magazine is also open to publishing students’ work, providing support with structuring lengthy theses and editing texts for the reader audience.

Questions? Please e-mail to Alison Ritter: aritter@via-internet.com.

The Challenge

The Challenge 2016/2017

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Our student and young designer speaker competition The Challenge gives young lighting talents the opportunity to learn from exemplary professionals, develop their skills as international presenters, and have the chance to speak in front of an international audience – and win a money prize.

Get the point?!

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Lifelong Learning

PLD Lifelong Learning – get the point(s)!

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan.
And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”
Jim Rohn (1930 – 2009).

What is lifelong learning and why should professional lighting designers regard this as an integral part of their professionalism?

Lifelong learning is the ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. It not only enhances social inclusion, active citizenship and personal development, but also competitiveness and employability.

Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn

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The route to CEng is not so difficult, but…

The route to CEng is not so difficult, but…

by Iain Macrae

Iain photo full_webWhen I grew up there were just two sorts of mechanical engineer, the one that worked on your car (often mistitled) and the professional one. That’s a little unfair to car mechanics, but I don’t mean to be. A mechanic is indeed a skilled person, but the term engineer is often attributed to people who don’t deserve it.

 

Before you throw the article aside with derision, hear me out. I, like many designers, feel the skills, experience and qualifications I hold have been hard earned, perhaps I also benefit from a little talent too, but like many I find lots of young talent snipping at my heels and claiming to be a lighting designer, or indeed a lighting engineer. Often I get asked why it is anyone can be called a lighting designer and all to often I get asked how anyone who works for a lighting manufacturer can ever claim to be a lighting designer at all. The world it seems is all about claim and counter claim and the rush to earn your stripes.

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Asian Lighting Designers’ Association, ALDA founded

Asian Lighting Designers’ Association, ALDA founded

 

The beginnings of the Asian Lighting Designers’ Association date back to 10. October, 2011 during the Asia Lighting Design Forum 2011, which was held in Beijing. The initiators were Chung Kangwha (Korea), Zhan Qingxuan (China), Satoshi Uchihara (Japan), JK Yao (Chinese Taipei), Tino Kwan (HKSAR) and Chou Lien (US).

 

On 30. July, 2012 ALDA was registered as a non-profit organization in accordance with the Societies Ordinance in Hong Kong.

 

Through a formal voting process, Motoko Ishii and Zhan Qingxuan were appointed Honorary Chairpersons of the Asian Lighting Designers’ Association, ALDA. Chung Kangwha was formally elected to be the first President of ALDA for a one-year term, with Tino Kwan and JK Yao as Vice Presidents, and Wu Gang as the General Secretary.

 

Since the founding of the association, ALDA has positively communicated with Asian lighting designers and obtained wide support and agreement. On 9. June, 2014 General Secretary Wu Gang, representing ALDA at the 2014 Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition, announced that the Asian Lighting Designers’ Association had now been officially launched and was starting to recruit members.

Contact: ALDAsecretariat@126.com

Revolutionary changes for lighting

Revolutionary changes for lighting

Discussed at Society of Light and Lighting event

On 15. July 2014 at University College London industry leading lighting professionals delivered presentations and engaged in debate on the subject of changes to lighting metrics. The Better Metrics for Better Lighting Symposium was hosted by the Society of Light and Lighting (SLL) and its journal “Lighting Research & Technology”.

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A new beginning: the European lighting design community

A new beginning:
the European lighting design community

Ten declarative statements (observations, comments, conclusions)

by Joachim Ritter

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There comes a time when you have to stop, breathe in deeply, and take a step back in order to be able to analyse the situation and the state of affairs with the necessary calm. This time has come for the European lighting design community. The strategic stocktaking will need to address the issue as to how serious the lighting designers are about gaining recognition for their profession and what steps they are taking – or should be taking – to achieve that goal.

 

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We support the process to establish the lighting design profession

We support the process to establish the lighting design profession

This website is intended as a political platform to develop the market and the profession linked to light and lighting, and lighting design, including role and value of the professional architectural lighting designer.

Declaration of the Official Establishment of the Architectural Lighting Design Profession

Declaration of the Official Establishment of the Architectural Lighting Design Profession

On October 27, 2007 the plenary session of the PLDC (the Professional Lighting Design Convention) adopted and proclaimed the Declaration of the Official Establishment of the Architectural Lighting Design Profession, the full contents of which appears in the following text. Weiterlesen »