Professional Lighting Design Alliance
The architectural lighting designer is an independent professional whose prime activity is designing the lighting for built environments. He/she is dedicated to the goal of promoting a better understanding and recognition of the critical role that light and lighting play in interior and exterior architectural spaces used by humans (with respect for flora and fauna). Although daylight, the culture of light, and the application of electrical light differs from one geographical region to the other, the know-how, competences and skills required for professional practice are essentially the same, wherever the designer may be working. The purposeful application of light, and the effect this has on architecture and the users of the architectural spaces, know no boundaries.
Definition and goal
The Professional Lighting Design Alliance is a voluntary international network of allied partners dedicated to raising awareness of purposefully applied lighting (evidence-based design) in related professional circles and in society as a whole, and ultimately gaining official recognition of the Lighting Design profession, as defined in the Declaration of the Official Establishment of the Architectural Lighting Design Profession, which was adopted and proclaimed on 27. October, 2007 by the plenary session of the first Professional Lighting Design Convention in London/UK.
The purpose of the Professional Lighting Design Alliance is to achieve joint strategic goals. This in itself requires control and management skills. The Alliance is forged around the notion that the Alliance partners, whatever part of the lighting design community they belong to, focus on the same targets and have complementary rather than competing interests.
Together, practicing lighting designers, lighting educators, lighting researchers and research scientists, related disciplines (urban planners, architects, landscape architects, public clients, lighting industry representatives …) – accommodated in the Professional Lighting Design Alliance under different Divisions – can work towards raising the quality of designed lighting and increasing social awareness of quality lighting in order to continue the process to gain recognition for the profession in the interest of human needs and environmental concerns, developing this through the active exchange of ideas and experience.
The Professional Lighting Design Alliance is not an association, is not officially registered anywhere, and has no legal representation. There are no fees involved in becoming an accepted Alliance partner, supporter or associate of the Professional Lighting Design Alliance. The activities do not involve the flow of money, so no money issues need to be managed. That said, should the existing Alliance partners decide by a two-third majority to change the open network into an international registered association, this action may be taken and the Professional Lighting Design Alliance transferred into a legal entity, or a separate association for professional lighting designers may be created and the Professional Lighting Design Alliance remain in place.
Every Alliance partner officially acknowledges with his/her name the need for the profession to be recognised and aligns with the strategic path outlined for achieving political recognition of the Lighting Design profession. Alliance partners in the Lighting Design Division demonstrate their commitment to ensuring Lighting Design can become a sustainable profession by pursuing and recording their respective Continuing Professional Development progress.
Alliance partners in other Alliance Divisions openly demonstrate their cooperation, close collaboration or business relationship with practising lighting designers. Developing and designing lighting solutions today requires a multidisciplinary approach – not purely in the technological sense, but also with regard to fields of knowledge that are relevant to users’ behaviour, health and well-being.
Set of Principles
Every Alliance partner agrees to observe and adhere to the following Set of Principles and act in a professional, collaborative way to support each other in achieving the goals laid down by the Professional Lighting Design Alliance:
1. Every Alliance partner agrees to support the goal to gain official recognition of the Lighting Design profession
2. To be acknowledged as part of the Professional Lighting Design Alliance, every Alliance partner in the Lighting Design Division agrees to pursue and record his/her individual Continuing Professional Development progress. This means consciously undertaking to add to their knowledge, competences and skills in all areas of their work as an ongoing / a professional lighting designer by registering in an accepted CPD programme.
3. Alliance partners agree to act with impartiality, responsibility and truthfulness at all times in their professional and business activities.
4. Alliance partners are expected to respect the beliefs and opinions of Alliance partners from different Divisions within the Professional Lighting Design Alliance and treat fellow Alliance partners fairly.
5. New Alliance partners will be accepted unless one third of the existing Alliance partners vote against the new Alliance partners within three months of his/her registration. New Alliance partners will be announced regularly.
6. New Alliance partners may also be accepted by invitation when two thirds of the existing Alliance partners are in agreement.
7. Persons declaring they would like to be acknowledged as Alliance partners can be excluded from the Alliance, if they do not act according to the Set of Principles and two thirds of the existing Alliance partners vote an individual out.
8. Alliance partners can be deleted from the full list of Alliance partners at any time on request.
9. The Alliance will vote for representatives to ensure that the defined goals are worked upon. These representatives are also involved in decision-making. Representatives will be elected or re-elected every two years.
10. Communication, networking, and the coordination and organisation of activities will be managed by VIA-Verlag unless the decision is made to change the Professional Lighting Design Alliance into an association, or VIA agrees to hand over this responsibility to a different person / company, decided upon by the majority of the existing Alliance partners.
Accepted CPD programmes
CPD programmes accepted by the Professional Lighting Design Alliance as of date 1.1.2017:
–> PLD©PD by VIA-Verlag
Further programmes may be accepted by a majority of two thirds of the existing Professional Lighting Design Alliance partners.