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The Partner Associations are listed alphabetically
ACE is a French lighting designers’ association. It was founded in 1995 and currently has 90 members, and is supported by a circle of sponsors with 21 member companies. The goal of the association is to promote light and the lighting design profession, to defend the professional status of the independent lighting designer, and to further the innovative and rational use of light. The association also seeks to spread know-how about light and lighting, and participate in environmental debates. ACE aims to support quality in all lighting design processes, and adheres to and promotes the code of ethics in lighting design practice.
The Asociación Profesional de Diseñadores de Iluminación, APDI was established on 18. September, 2008 in Spain with the intention of responding to the changes taking place on the Spanish lighting market. APDI is a pro-active group of lighting designers dedicated to developing the culture of light, establishing the criteria and responsibilities required of the lighting professional, and promoting the Lighting Design profession in general.
Associazione dei Professionisti dell'Illuminazione is the Association of Italian independent lighting designers, founded in late 1998 by a group of professionals working across the country.
APIL cooperates with other national and European associations and collaborates with them on common programs for promotion and development of the culture of the lighting.
APIL aims to give the proper visibility and recognition to the professional specialists, the lighting designer and their works.
The Brazilian association Associação Brasileira de Arquitetos de Iluminação, AsBAI brings together architects engaged in the lighting design of buildings, landscapes and urban spaces. The aim is to spread and highlight the importance of lighting design in architecture, in addition to its contribution to the promotion of comfort and the enhancement of the urban environment.
International Commission on Illumination
The International Commission on Illumination - also known as the CIE from its French title, the Commission Internationale de l´Eclairage - is devoted to worldwide cooperation and the exchange of information on all matters relating to the science and art of light and lighting, colour and vision, photobiology and image technology.
Since its inception in 1913, the CIE has become a professional organization and has been accepted as representing the best authority on the subject and as such is recognized by ISO as an international standardization body.
The Chinese Lighting Designer Association (CLDA) was formed voluntarily by designers in the lighting sector in 2008. It has strict entrance criteria and activity principles in accordance with international lighting designers’ associations, such as PLDA and IALD. CLDA’s goal is to bring together the latest information, technologies and experience in the field through a concerted effort, to improve the quality of design, explore business opportunities and share resources for every passionate lighting designer. CLDA aims to improve the status and recognition of all Chinese lighting designers. The association enhances members’ professional quality, encourages communication between designers, and promotes the development of lighting design industry. CLDA members include Chinese lighting designers from all over the world who are active in the field of lighting design or relevant sectors. In 2012, CLDA signed a MOU to cooperate with PLDA and IALD in Greater China.
The Danish Lighting Center (DCL) is an independent association for lighting people in Denmark as well as a knowledge centre. The object of the center is to promote the use of good and appropriate lighting. Danish Lighting Center strive to advance knowledge and to disseminate information for improvement of the lighted environment to the benefit of society. Practically all major players in the Danish lighting business are members, as well as many architects and decision makers from municipalities. The center was founded in 1948 and is national committee of CIE.
DIA, Lighting Designers Associated A.G (Diseñadores de Iluminación Asociados) is an association that has the purpose of contributing to the development of architectural lighting design in Chile and the recognition of the lighting designer as the responsible for the implementation of this discipline in the production chain of architectural projects.
Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) of Finland works as an independent organization with lighting professionals and companies to promote the use of good and appropriate lighting. The society arranges courses and events, publishes VALO magazine and acts as an information network.
The purpose of the IES of Iceland is to improve the quality of lighting and conditions of sight through objective education. The society works to achieve this purpose through organising lectures and courses, with publishment of educational material, exhibitions and through other means as deemed appropriate.
The mission of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) is to preserve and protect the nighttime environment and our heritage of dark skies through environmentally responsible outdoor lighting.
The International Light Association (ILA) is a uniquely collaborative group of light and color therapy practitioners, health professionals, scientists, educators, product manufacturers, artists, architects, interior designers and philosophers who are passionate about learning and applying the latest theories, techniques and technologies regarding how light and color can promote health, enhance performance and learning and raise consciousness. Our mission is to share and disseminate information, educate, initiate and promote research, and create an open-hearted, broad-minded and integrative community in the field of Light.
The Institution of Lighting Professionals unites the skills of engineering, design and technology in order to deliver quality lighting for the built environment and achieve public benefit.
In setting and establishing standards for good practice, the Institution seeks to ensure that its members attain and develop the professional knowledge, education and skills to meet necessary competencies, and to enhance their careers.
Working on exterior and interior projects, in public spaces, workplace, leisure, retail and residential applications, members of the Institution of Lighting Professionals deliver excellence in light and lighting, a quality which is recognised by both private and public sectors.
The Ljusforum association is an independent, non profit-making organization, open for membership by individuals, professionals as well as students, working in the lighting field and associated disciplines. It was founded in Stockholm, Sweden, in January 1991 by the lighting company, Annell Ljus + Form. The company has remained one of Ljusforums major sponsors since then.The bye-laws of the association state to promote and support education, information, development and research concerned with light and lighting, with particular emphasis on man and the environment
Created in 2002 at the initiative of the City of Lyon, LUCI (Lighting Urban Community International) is an international network of cities focussing on urban lighting. The network brings together over 65 municipalities across the world engaged in using light as a tool for sustainable urban development. It also includes 35 lighting professionals and companies as associated members. Through the organization of international events and conferences, as well as the activities of its different Commissions, LUCI creates spaces for the exchange of knowledge and good practice in urban lighting.
The "Lighting Trade Association" (non-profit organization) was founded by several of the largest Russian trade firms in April 1999 in order to establish a basis for cooperation between all key players on the lighting market in Russia.
Lyskultur, the Norwegian Lighting Institute, is an open membership organization covering all aspects of light and lighting. The main mission of Lyskultur is to be an information centre for lighting, as well as setting quality standards. Lyskultur’s members are involved in all aspects of lighting. Lyskultur is the publisher of LYS, the only magazine in Norway dealing exclusively with light and lighting design. Lyskultur is the Norwegian member of the International Commission on Illumination, CIE and was established in 1936.
The Professional Lighting Designers' Association PLDA was originally founded as the European Lighting Designers' Association ELDA+, and is a voluntary federation of lighting designers and lighting consultants who are active on an international scale, their purpose being to increase the reputation of the profession and to establish the profession as such in its own right.
The Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE) is an association of university educators and practitioners in architecture and related disciplines who support excellence in the teaching of environmental science and building technologies. SBSE's goal of promoting and supporting quality instruction in building science is realized through a broad range of practical activities.
The Swiss Lighting Association (SLG) is the Swiss National Committee of the CIE and an independent, national competence centre for all issues concerning light and lighting. The SLG is responsible for national standards and recommendations in the field of lighting, and it also organises training for lighting professionals. Members of the SLG include private companies and public institutions.
The SLL represents and welcomes all those who are interested in the art, science and engineering of light, lighting and its applications. The Society offers authoritative publications, professional recognition and a wide range of learned society activities. Lighting designers, researchers, students, professionals, manufacturers, and sales staff all contribute and are members of the SLL.
The VSB is an association for people working with, or interested in lighting, in west Sweden. We are approximately 100 members, mostly lighting designers, architects and local representatives from different luminaire manufacturers.