IES, AIA, and Light Justice Partner with 3rd Annual ArchLIGHT Summit

by | Mar 20, 2023 | News

IIES, AIA, and Light Justice Partner with 3rd Annual ArchLIGHT Summit

Dallas chapters of the American Institute of Architects and Illuminating Engineering Society among groups supporting September 19-20 commercial lighting event. 

DALLASArchLIGHT Summit has secured several new partners for its September 19-20, 2023, edition. New partnerships include Dallas chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Illumination Engineering Society (IES), along with Light Justice, and new sponsors including Casambi, Targetti, Thomas Technologies, Designer Pages and LightNow News, all supporting the growing expo and educational platform at Dallas Market Center. 

“We’ve seen significant growth and interest in attendance and exhibitor participation over the least two years,” says Cindy Morris, Dallas Market Center president and CEO. “We’re proud to welcome our new sponsors and media partners as we continue to connect professionals from every corner of the industry.” 

ArchLIGHT Summit, hosted on the 5 million square foot campus of Dallas Market Center, is an emerging lighting trade event and educational platform for the architectural, specification, and design communities. The event launched in September 2021, establishing a forum for product innovations from leading lighting exhibitors and a robust CEU program.


The event welcomes lighting designers, architects, interior designers, specifiers, and students to review new products and attend a range of seminars. AIA Dallas President Ben Crawford, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Principal, Design for HOK’s Dallas practice, participated in the 2022 program, serving on a panel with other top Texas architects from Rottet Studio and Page, moderated by ARCHITECT Magazine. ArchLIGHT Summit looks forward to welcoming AIA Dallas back, this year as an official partner with a Crawford-moderated session focused on the importance of lighting in public spaces. 

The Light Justice partnership also includes a programming element. This group’s work explores the intersection of lighting with social and environmental justice, the impact of marginalized communities and human health, and opportunities for the lighting industry to help overcome these inequities. In addition to a session explaining these concepts, a Light Justice-led workshop is planned to connect underserved communities in Dallas with the professional disciplines in attendance as well as students representing future advocates and solutions. 

ArchLIGHT Summit also welcomes two new members to its Advisory Board. Jered E. Widmer, IALD, MIES, principal of The Lighting Practice’s Dallas office, and Peter Augusta, vice president of sales for Casambi North America, join an esteemed panel of cross-disciplinary experts guiding the event’s programming and structure. These include Craig A. Bernecker, Ph.D., FIESNA, LC, founder of the Lighting Education Institute; Michelle Cruz, lighting specifier/specification sales for Putterman Scharck & Associates; Archit Jain, IALD, LEED® AP, ISLE, principal of Oculus Light Studio; Kelly Roberts, LEED® BD+C, IES, studio director for Wald Studio; Shahad Sadeq, Assoc. AIA, Executive Director of AIA Springfield’s Chapter; and Laura McDonald Stuart, FASID, RID, LEED® AP, WELL AP, founder/owner of Laura McDonald Enterprises and PLiNTH & CHiNTZ. 

While additional partnerships are also pending, a current list of Association Partners for the 2023 ArchLIGHT Summit includes: 

● American Institute of Architects Dallas Chapter 

● American Lighting Association 

● Illuminating Engineering Society Dallas section 

● Light Justice 

● Lighting Controls Association 

● National Association of Innovative Lighting Distributors (NAILD) 

● National Lighting Bureau 

● North American Coalition of Lighting Industry Queers 

● Women in Lighting + Design international and local chapters 

Media Partners for the 2023 ArchLIGHT Summit include:Arc; ARCHITECT; Architectural Products; Architectural SSL; Commercial Construction & Renovation; Designing Lighting; Designer Pages; Edison Report; Energy Watch News; Furniture Lighting & Décor; “Get a Grip on Lighting” Podcast; Inside.Lighting; Light Director; LightNow News; and The Lighting Exchange. 

For the second year in a row, the September 19-20 ArchLIGHT Summit will overlap and co-locate with NAILD’s annual Convention, scheduled for September 17-19, as well as Dallas Design Week, September 18-21, which welcomes hundreds of interior designers. 

Exhibit space at the 2023 ArchLIGHT Summit is still available, along with custom sponsorship and marketing packages to increase visibility. To reserve a 6×10 or 10×10 booth, visit 

For more information, visit to sign up for show announcements, including when Attendee Registration opens soon. Follow ArchLIGHT Summit on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn for the latest developments. 

For information on Dallas Market Center, visit our website. In addition to hosting ArchLIGHT Summit, the largest residential lighting show in North America, Lightovation, will take place June 21-24, 2023. 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.