A|L's Industry Exchange Question was developed as a means of promoting discussion among members of the architectural and lighting design communities. Past questions have addressed a variety of topics, including: commoditization, the frequency of tradeshows, credentialing, and the impact of sustainability.

To continue the open dialogue, so integral to A|L's mission as an independent lighting design publication, A|L has called upon the members of its Editorial Advisory Board--Gregg Ander, Francesca Bettridge, Bob Davis, and Mark Loeffler--to lend their insight and expertise. This issue introduces the Board, as they share their thoughts on some of the pressing issues facing architecture and lighting in 2007. In the coming year this group of esteemed professionals will add their commentary to specific Exchange questions. As always, A|L encourages readers' responses, and topic suggestions.

The Exchange page is your forum.

Gregg D. Ander, FAIA, IESNA
Chief Architect
Southern California Edison Company

Mr. Ander is a member of numerous professional organizations and serves on the Board of Directors of the Sustainable Building Industry Council, the New Buildings Institute, the Collaborative for High Performance Schools, and the California Commissioning Collaborative. He has authored over 70 technical and design related articles, won awards for various energy related projects from AIA, ASHRAE, and DOE, and is the author of Daylighting Performance and Design. Mr. Ander has executive produced six environmentally-focused television programs for NBC, CBS, and PBS. "Greener Buildings/Bluer Skies," won a 2006 Emmy Award.

  • As global warming, carbon footprints, and demand side management grow in importance, the design community responds with enhanced designs. The coming trends in the utility industry once again provide increasing opportunity. This time it will be: Automation through Connectivity.

  • Today, utility commissions in almost every state have ordered utilities to implement or at a minimum, study the concept of dispatchable loads typically referred to as "Demand Response." While programs currently focus on controlling air conditioning, utilities are looking to lighting as the next opportunity for Demand Response.

  • Understanding how the industry intends to implement smart technologies and how the technologies interface with design solutions is essential. Designers enhance professionalism and the value delivered to customers by assuring designs offer customers functionality for today and for tomorrow. Mark Loeffler, IALD, IESNA, LEED
    Lighting Design Director
    Atelier Ten Consulting Designers

    Mr. Loeffler specializes in integrated daylighting and electric lighting design for sustainable buildings. He serves on the sustainability committees of both the IALD and the IESNA. Mr. Loeffler also teaches daylighting and sustainable design at Parsons The New School for Design where he earned an MFA in lighting design in 1990.

  • Collaborative development of lighting energy codes by IALD, IESNA, ASHRAE, and manufacturers to balance environmental responsibility with visual quality.
  • Specification integrity to ensure that high-performance, environmentally responsible lighting does not get value-engineered out of the project.
  • Francesca Bettridge, IALD, IESNA, LC
    Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design

    Throughout her career, Ms. Bettridge has collaborated with highly esteemed architects on award-winning national and international work, which encompasses a broad range of types and styles. She has been honored with multiple Lumen, IALD, and GE Awards. Ms. Bettridge is a professional member and former secretary of the International Association of Lighting Designers, and has served on the Board of Managers and the Richard Kelly Scholarship Committee of the New York Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society. A graduate of Barnard College, Ms. Bettridge studied at Parsons The New School for Design and the Open Atelier of Design, which she helped found. She has also taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons The New School for Design.

  • Emergency Lighting: Often now, electrical engineers will flatly refused to do the emergency lighting calculations, insisting that the lighting designer must be responsible for this work. But the engineer signs the documents and is responsible for life safety issues. Is it enough for the lighting designer to provide the AGI files for the engineer's use? Who pays for all this and where do the responsibilities lie?

  • Quality Control of LED Sources: How do you know whether the manufacturers and their products are equal? Who is engineering the LED installation? There are many pitfalls when a designer is working with a custom manufacturer who is relying on other manufacturers for the components. Bob Davis, FIESNA
    Senior Instructor
    Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering Department
    University of Colorado at Boulder

    Prof. Davis teaches courses in Building Systems Engineering, and conducts research focused on the human impacts of architectural lighting systems. In 2005, he was awarded the John and Mercedes Peebles Innovation in Education Award from the University of Colorado's College of Engineering and Applied Science. He holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Colorado, and a M.S. and a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

  • Lighting and Environmental Psychology: How does lighting relate to our perception and cognition of the environments in which we live and work?

  • Sustainability and Lighting Quality: How do we ensure that sustainable design means more than just energy conservation? Are environments with reduced lighting quality really sustainable?