the trajectory of energy codes and mobilization of the next generation of lighting designers were dominant themes at the Fifth Annual IALD Education Conference, held October 21 to 22 in Alexandria, Virginia. The conference saw double the attendance of the 2004 event held in Vancouver-with almost 200 attendees representing eight countries. In addition to 12 sessions addressing topics in two tracks (professional development, and new technology and design), activities like the second annual Lighting Cross Talk and the Town Hall Meeting, also held for the second time, encouraged interesting and productive dialogue on a range of lighting-related topics.

The Cross Talk took the form of a two-hour session in which groups of specifiers visited a manufacturer-sponsored table for 30 minutes, for a discussion moderated by the manufacturer, before changing tables. There were 12 sponsored tables.

At the Town Hall meeting, moderated by incoming IALD president Graham Phoenix, conversation focused on concerns about national energy codes-their restrictiveness and the lack of involvement by lighting professionals to date in developing the codes. Town Hall attendees called for 'evidence-based standards' and 'feasible and reasonable' sustainability codes. They also encouraged the organization to speak with 'one voice' in advocating for appropriate standards. The IALD Board of Directors meeting on October 23 began to address these issues, with approval of an IALD energy policy as well as the initiation of a business plan for the organization's Energy Task Force to help it better communicate with energy-policy-making bodies around the world. (See Charles Stone and Julie Blankenheim's Exchange response, page 96.) The association hopes to adopt the plan at its board meeting in January 2006.

This year, it was hard to miss the student presence, with 31 in attendance from the Bartlett School in London, the Hochshule Wismar in Germany, Parsons School of Design in New York City, and Pennsylvania State University. This was 'a significantly higher number of students than in the past,' noted Heather Ryndak, marketing manager for the IALD. The IALD Education Trust solicited students to attend and helped defray the cost. The conference actively incorporated the next generation of designers into its two-day agenda, with Penn State students even joining their professor, Dr. Martin Moeck, on a panel about façade engineering and lighting design. This year also saw the Students' Portfolio Showcase, a new opportunity for students to demonstrate their work for and solicit critiques from attending professionals. Next year's conference will be held in San Diego, which Ryndak hopes will draw students from West Coast schools. A|L