Lighting professionals and students gather for the IALD's Annual Enlighten Americas Conference to discuss the industry's most pressing issues.
COURTESY IALD Lighting professionals and students gather for the IALD's Annual Enlighten Americas Conference to discuss the industry's most pressing issues.

More than 300 members of the lighting community gathered in Westminster, Colo., on Oct. 7–9 for the International Association of Lighting Designer's Annual Enlighten Americas Conference. The meeting's theme “It's All About the D. Design,” opened with a terrific keynote address by Paola Antonelli, senior curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art. Antonelli inspired attendees to think about design in the broadest of terms. “It's one of the highest forms of human creativity,” she noted. But given the challenges the lighting profession continues to face, seminars and the town-hall-style meeting were not afraid to cover a range of serious topics including everything from credentialing to energy poverty to economic recovery. Networking and educational opportunities abounded with opportunities for student attendees to mix with professionals and manufacturers, whose support of the event continues to be strong.