Forming the Alliance
The professional lighting design community has changed considerably over the years. This is clearly reflected in the breakdown of PLDC attendees. Those who attend PLDC come from different backgrounds – lighting design, lighting education, research, architecture, urban planning, R&D within the industry, manufacturing – and include of late new areas of expertise such as electronics, communication design, interaction design, software development and healthcare as well as public and private clients.
Their goal in attending PLDC is to learn more about lighting-related issues and to use the networking opportunities provided by PLDC to expand their circle of valuable contacts.
Professional lighting design is becoming increasingly more accepted. Given the wide range of research studies currently being pursued at academic and independent institutions, there is now more qualified information available that can serve the practising lighting design community and slowly but surely increase designers’ know-how and competences.
To this day, however, Lighting Design is not recognised as a profession. A growing number of practising lighting designers have expressed the wish and intention to define a career path in Lighting Design that could well be in place within the next ten years. This would be built on an academic degree (Bachelor and/or Master) plus practical experience and backed by a structured CPD programme.
To move this forward in a professional and sustainable fashion, an Alliance has been formed and any member of the lighting design community can become a partner. The Alliance comprises different Divisions, which are dedicated to specific groups within the lighting design community: lighting designers, educators and researchers, architects, urban planners, lighting industry …
Each of these communities can exist and develop in its own right, but is an integral part of the overall effort to ensure lighting is designed by qualified recognised professionals.
This movement is part of a process. The lighting design world will not change overnight, but the initiative is geared to move forward as a combined and mutually beneficial effort in the interest of life on this planet.