ArchLIGHT Summit Preview: Exhibitors, Insights, Inspiration and Connection

by | Sep 10, 2021 | News

DALLAS – September 10, 2021 – Dallas Market Center announces the details of the inaugural edition of 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.

ArchLIGHT Summit is the first commercial lighting event in nearly two years and comes after a series of safe and successful trade events held at Dallas Market Center over the last 18 months with strict attention to CDC guidelines. Complete health & safety plans are available via the front page of the Dallas Market Center website.

The two-day event will include the participation of more than 60 lighting brands, more than 30 educational sessions, and numerous networking events designed to build connections. Details are available at including registration information and a special $129/night rate at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel, walking distance to the show.

The expo portion of ArchLIGHT Summit is complimentary and will take place on the first floor of the Trade Mart. Exhibitors include Hubbell, Energy Focus, Pure Edge Lighting, Targetti, Impact Lighting, DMF Lighting, Focal Point and Casambi. Additionally, several exhibitors with permanent showrooms at Dallas Market Center will also have a presence on the show floor, including Eurofase, Legrand, Hinkley, Hubbardton Forge, WAC LIghting, Modern Forms, Sonneman – A Way of Light, Satco Products and Accord Lighting. Also on the first floor, agency partners Hossley Lighting and Power Solutions, and NexGen Lighting Solutions will present “neighborhoods” of brands on their line cards.

The seminars and panel discussions will update attendees on evolving lighting solutions and address 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. Highlights include:

Women in Lighting + Design (WILD) Welcome Party, 6pm-9pm on Monday, September 20 in D15trict Lounge, offering spectacular views of downtown Dallas from the top of the World Trade Center building, which adjoins the Trade Mart. 

On Tuesday, The J.E.D.I Agenda: An Intersectional Approach to Designing a Resilient Future will explore justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. Presented by the SmithGroup, this session will provide an introduction to these values and explore strategies and solutions currently proposed and implemented at the firm for creating a workplace centered in J.E.D.I. frameworks, policies and practices.

Also on Tuesday, 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.

Wrapping up Tuesday is the DNA Discovery Event, 7pm to 10pm. During this unique hospitality and networking platform, all attendees are welcome to explore participating permanent exhibits on the third and fourth floors of the Trade Mart while enjoying unique drinks, food and entertainment. Guided tours will be available for guests who meet at the Helix Happy Hour on the first floor of the Trade Mart at 6:30pm.

The centerpiece display for this event, and throughout ArchLIGHT Summit, is the Design DNA light art installation, designed by Light Collective and powered by The Lighting Exchange. In this interactive experience, participants will not only see how their professional data compares statistically to others, but their unique DNA will render a pattern of lights in the immersive installation, which incorporates the modular LIGEO LED lighting system and Acuity Brands’ Fresco controller. Learn more about this project and enter your data at

On Wednesday, WILD’s three Texas chapters will host a Networking Breakfast with Michelle Cruz of Putterman Scharck & Associates, Alyssa Stewart of Texas Christian University, Sarah Mosser of Hermitage, and Alriah Hunt of the Architectural Lighting Alliance. RSVP required and space limited. Also on Wednesday, Sustainability in Lighting: What? Why? How? with Melissa Mattes of Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting, Reiko Kagawa of Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting, Jane White of Finelite, Karen Jess-Lindsley of Lindsley Lighting, and Jon Penndorf with Perkins + Will. Finally, Queer Perspectives on Architectural Lighting will feature the thoughtful examination of struggles and insights from Alana Shepherd of Intangible Light, Amy Braun of HMC Architects, Martin van Koolbergen of KGM Architectural Lighting, and Shanna Snow of Shanna Snow Design.

 Across both days, four interactive sessions on Specifying Light Source Color Rendition led by Tony Esposito of Lighting Resource Solutions and Jason Livingston of Studio T+L will feature innovative displays including live models to demonstrate lighting’s effect on skin tones. Texas Christian University’s Lighting Education students will participate in one of these sessions on Wednesday as part of ArchLIGHT Summit’s outreach to tomorrow’s professionals. Lighting Design students from Parsons will also join select sessions via Facebook Live stream.

Across all elements of ArchLIGHT Summit, 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.

ArchLIGHT Summit will be co-located with Dallas Design Week, September 20-23, 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 recommending 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,, and McMorrow Reports.

For more information, visit, 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.