Speakers Announced for ArchLIGHT Summit

by | May 3, 2021 | News

—Full schedule announced as registration opens for in-person September event for the architectural, specification and design communities—

DALLAS – May 3, 2021 – Dallas Market Center announces that registration is open and speakers are confirmed for ArchLIGHT Summit, a new lighting trade event and educational platform for architectural, specification and design communities. The first ArchLIGHT Summit will take place in-person September 21-22, 2021 on the first floor of the Dallas Trade Mart building. Details are available at archlightsummit.com.

The two days will include more than 20 seminars and panel discussions offering architects, lighting designers, specifiers and interior designers timely and accredited sessions not only to keep them abreast of evolving lighting solutions, but also addressing personal development, business optimization, and opportunities to explore diversity and inclusion within these disciplines. Unique hands-on demonstrations and other interactive platforms will engage participants in new ways. A $50 fee will allow attendees access to all education and hospitality events. The full list of speakers and schedule is now available via the website.

“Knowledge is power, and anyone seeking powerful insights into lighting trends and technologies as well as important business leadership tools will have that opportunity at the ArchLIGHT Summit,” says Laura Van Zeyl, Vice President of Lighting Technology Development and Marketing at Dallas Market Center. “Lightovation has already established Dallas as the home of lighting in the residential channel. This event will offer a more comprehensive representation of lighting solutions, plus educational opportunities to keep lighting and design/build professionals at the top of their game.”

Over the past ten months, Dallas Market Center has hosted a wide range of in-person trade events with strict health and safety protocols that successfully balance good business and good health. Attendees from all 50 states have participated in recent trade events at the market center, and registrations for new attendees are up 50% over 2019.

Speaker highlights include:

The Devil Is In the Details, presented by Rachel Fitzgerald, CLD, LC, IALD, LEED AP BD+C (WELL Light Concept advisor) – Stantec, and Katherine Stekr, CLD, IALD, MIES, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C – HLB Lighting Design

It’s Game Time! Leadership Lessons from a Former Pro Female Football Player, presented by Jan Spence of Jan Spence & Associates.

Creating a JEDI Program – SmithGroup’s New Board Committee for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, presented by Shahad Sadeq(Assoc. AIA) – SmithGroup, Rosa Sheng, Principal – SmithGroup, and Troy Thompson, Managing Partner, SmithGroup

Measuring the Success of a Lighting Project—How Do We Measure, and How Should We Measure, presented by Alyssa Weber – Visual Interest, Carolyn Schilling – Boulder Associates, Andrea Wilkerson – PNNL, and Sarah Safranek – PNNL

Candid Conversation: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion … “Are You Ready to Talk?” presented by Kevin M. Coleman – KMC EMPOWERMENT LLC

WELL v.2, a Deep Dive of the Light Concept, presented by Rachel Fitzgerald, CLD, LC, IALD, LEED AP BD+C (WELL Light Concept advisor) – Stantec, Alison Fiedler, Associate IALD, WELL AP – Stantec, and Jessica Smith, Jr. Associate IALD, WELL AP – Stantec

The show’s mission is to create something fearlessly new driven by three progressive goals: Showcase Only The Best. Be Boldly Inclusive. Be Radically Playful. To accomplish these goals the show is working hand-in-hand with industry thought leaders on shaping the show with a diverse group of perspectives as well as creating hands-on product interaction and forward-thinking seminars and sessions.

In addition to attendee registration being open, exhibit space for the show is still available. Each exhibiting brand is limited to a single 10’x10’ booth or maximum of two 6’x10’ booths, although there will be a wait list for additional requests. Booth location assignments will take local and regional agency representation into account to optimize convenience for attendees and exhibitors. Custom sponsorship and marketing packages are also available to increase visibility, with complete information available at https://archlightsummit.com/exhibit/.

Dozens of existing architectural lighting resources at Dallas Market Center and a robust local specification community prompted the development of the ArchLIGHT Summit, which will broaden offerings to include non-residential brands in addition to those already present that straddle residential and commercial markets. Local and regional lighting agencies representing these brands—including founding agency partners Hossley Lighting and Power Solutions, and NexGen Lighting Solutions—will have the opportunity to shape this event. The city’s central location and accessibility is conducive to a broad geographic reach, creating new opportunities in the wake of other live events being canceled or held virtually.

ArchLIGHT Summit will be co-located with Dallas Design Week, providing additional CEU and networking opportunities for attendees of both events. Dallas Market Center is the largest and most active design center in the country, with more than 1.5 million square feet of home décor showrooms in three buildings.

Health & Safety Guidelines Supporting Buyer Comfort

Supporting the comfort, health and safety of all attendees, the market center continues measures that include mandatory face covering for every person entering the marketplace every day. The full health & safety measures are available via the Dallas Market Center website. Other efforts include enhanced cleaning with hospital grade products, hundreds of hand sanitizing stations and signage for social distancing. Along with these new steps, there are safety measures that are part of the design of the marketplace: open parking, large entryways, quick registration in multiple areas, wide hallways, multiple escalators to each floor, and showrooms with controlled access to allow for the appropriate distance between customers.

ArchLIGHT Summit organizers are working closely with an Advisory Board of distinguished industry leaders who provide valuable perspectives for shaping this groundbreaking event and its educational programming. Members include Francesca Bastianini, IES, principal of Sighte Studio; Craig A. Bernecker, Ph.D., founder of The Lighting Education Institute; Andrea Hartranft, FIALD, principal of Hartranft Lighting Design; Alyssa Humphries Stewart, director of the Center for Lighting Education at Texas Christian University; Alriah Hunt, specification sales rep at Architectural Lighting Alliance; Archit Jain, IALD, LEED SP, ISLA, principal of Oculus Light Studio; Kelly Roberts, LEED BD+C, IES, studio director of Wald Studio; and Laura McDonald Stewart, FASID, RID, LEED AP, WELL AP, founder and owner of Laura McDonald Enterprises and PLiNTH & CHiNTZ.

Confirmed association partners include American Lighting Association, Lighting Controls Association, National Lighting Bureau, North American Coalition of Lighting Industry Queers, and national and local chapters of Women in Lighting + Design.

Media Partners include Arc, Architectural Products, Architectural SSL, Building Design + Construction, Commercial Construction & Renovation, Darc, Designing Lighting, Edison Report, Energy Watch News, Furniture Lighting & Décor, Inside.Lighting, LEDs Magazine, Light Directory, The Lighting Exchange, Lightsearch.com, and McMorrow Reports.

For more information, visit www.ArchLIGHTSummit.com, with live exhibitor registration available now and to sign up to receive information and announcements. Follow ArchLIGHT Summit on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn for the latest developments and information on exhibitor and attendee registration.

For information on Dallas Market Center, visit our website. In addition to hosting ArchLIGHT Summit, DMC hosts Lightovation, the largest residential lighting show in North America, June 23-26. Keep up-to-date on information about that event by following the Lightovation Facebook page and joining the Lightovation – Lighting Industry Discussion Group.

About Dallas Market Center

Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America connecting retailers, interior designers, architects, and specifiers with top manufacturers in home décor, furniture, gifts, lighting and fashion. Inside its dynamic, five million square foot campus, nearly 200,000 customers from all 50 states and 85 countries seek industry trends, business education and new products from exhibitors throughout the year via dominant trade events for gift, home décor, holiday and floral; the nation’s most comprehensive apparel and accessories markets featuring the latest styles from East Coast and West Coast designers; the largest residential lighting trade event in North America; a new lighting event, ArchLIGHT Summit, for architects, specifiers, and designers; and the largest and most successful open-daily design center. The marketplace is located in the strongest economic zone in the country. In addition, more than 80 percent of Dallas Market Center buyers report that they do not shop other market centers. To make plans for upcoming markets, visit the Dallas Market Center website and download the Dallas Market Center and Lightovation Apps. Also, keep up-to-date on all information by visiting Dallas Market Center and ArchLIGHT Summit on social media.