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PLDC Steering Committee Chair
Mr. Joachim Ritter
Marienfelder Str. 18
Phone: +49 5241 307 26 0
Partner Universities/ Institutes
The Partner Universities/ Institutes are listed alphabetically
The Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology at Aalborg University
Prof. Dr. Michael Mullins:
“The Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology at Aalborg University is delighted to accept the invitation to be a partner of PLDC 2013 that will be held in Copenhagen in 2013. The initiative supports the dissemination of research and education and enhances the application of knowledge among professional lighting designers, consulting engineers, designers and architects who work innovatively with daylight and artificial light in the design of buildings, urban space, landscape and lighting fixtures, as well as in media production, experience design and events.”
Lighting Design Research Laboratory and the Department and School of Engineering at Aarhus University
Prof. Werner Osterhaus:
"PLD-C has over the last years evolved into an important meeting place for innovative players from all areas of the lighting design profession and closely associated disciplines. As a truly international lighting event, it combines state-of-the-art lighting design practice with advanced lighting research, lighting education, and exciting new ideas from emerging talents. Aarhus University, represented by its Lighting Design Research Laboratory, as well as the Department and School of Engineering, gladly accepts the invitation to support PLD-C 2013 as a partner university. Having attended PLD-C before, I personally look forward to another great convention. With PLD-C 2013 almost on our doorstep, it is our plan to attend with many of our students in order to introduce them to the wide world of lighting design research and practice."
Buskerud University College
“This time, light is coming home to the Nordic countries, so even more reason for us to participate in what is now an established and reoccurring event in our academic calendar. Students and staff are all encouraged to participate. We now wait in anticipation and hope to be inspired once more, in order to further develop New Nordic Lighting Design”
Deutsches Institut für angewandte Lichttechnik, Lüdenscheid
"Our passion is creating worlds for living and working in, with special attention to lighting. This is why we at DIAL are involved in lighting design, developing the DIALux and LUMsearch software tools, which make it easier for planners to plan light, and sharing our knowledge with other planners in our practice-oriented workshops within the DIALacademy. We are glad that the PLDC is pursuing the same aims by providing a platform for the exchange of ideas among professional lighting designers and are therefore particularly pleased to be active as a partner institute."
The Department for Building and Environment at Donau University Krems
Dr. Peter Holzer:
"Life is literally driven by light. The quality of light, especially a sufficient supply of daylight, is a substantial factor when it comes to human health and well-being, not least in our present-day urban societies, where we spend more than 90 per cent of our time indoors. The Department for Building and Environment at Danube University Krems focuses on research, consulting and professional training in the field of architectural lighting design. The Institute’s prime competences lie in the field of daylight and health. The school disposes over a wide range of software and hardware tools, including an outstanding artificial sky. A three-week intensive course that takes place every year in March teaches professionals comprehensive skills in lighting design.
PLDC offers an excellent platform for discussing improvements in the integration of light in our built environments, presenting new developments and best practice examples, and last but not least fostering contacts with potential partners and clients. It is our honour and pleasure to be part of this important event."
The School of Creative Industries at Edinburgh Napier University
"The School of Creative Industries at Edinburgh Napier University is very pleased to support the aims and activities of PLDC and to become a Partner University of PLDC 2013. PLDC is now firmly established as the pre-eminent forum for the presentation and dissemination of some of the best current thinking about architectural lighting design. Although a higher education institution, we have a strong interest in life long professional learning, and the wealth of high-quality papers and posters presented at PLDC is valuable beyond measure to all levels of lighting practitioners. The event encompasses a perfect mix of presentations for students, early career professionals, practice principals and researchers. The incredible depth of knowledge across the whole gamut of the conference is one of the main reasons that we see PLDC as a must attend conference, both for our MDes and MA Lighting Design students, and for all lighting professionals."
Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaft Hildesheim
"Right from its start in London 2007 the PLDC was a unique and truly international forum for the lighting design community defining the state of the art technology and approach. Above and beyond that, it has always been a meeting point for young professionals and students.
The lighting design department within the Faculty of Design at the University of Applied Science and Art HAWK Hildesheim is pleased and grateful for the opportunity of being a partner of the PLDC 2013 in
Copenhagen: A good occasion for the staff to update their knowledge and an ideal place for learning and networking for our students."
King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi
Dr. Chokeanand Bussracumpakorn:
"King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) is pleased to accept the invitation to become an official Partner University of PLDC 2013. We are glad to promote PLDC 2013 among peers and colleagues in the lighting society here in Thailand and the region. This is a great opportunity for us to participate in the PLDC event as well as to promote our university to lighting professionals at an international level."
KTH School of Technology & Health, Stockholm
"The Lighting Laboratory at the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, has supported PLD-C since its start in 2007. Our students will enjoy the energy and the breadth of the conference and the excellent networking opportunities; this event is a great opportunity to meet old friends and make new connections in the growing lighting design family. We are looking forward to experiencing the future of lighting design unveil in Copenhagen!"
"Lichtforum NRW is a neutral, independent institute currently being established as a joint venture by companies from the lighting industry and public institutions. The objectives of “Lichtforum NRW” is to promote and develop innovative lighting technologies, lighting design and lighting research in both indoor and outdoor lighting.
In 2013, Lichtforum NRW will begin with an initial training programme for members from the lighting industry, followed by other seminars, services and collaborative research and development projects. Our services are designed for businesses, communities and associations as well as professional individuals from light-related fields of engineering, planning and project realisation – or those in the process of becoming a professional.
Given that PLDC is an important nucleus for the overall lighting community, where lighting professionals can meet colleagues and peers, make new contacts and partners, gain insight into the latest developments in lighting design, and share ideas and thoughts with fellow professionals, it is an absolute must to attend."
Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy
Mark S. Rea:
"The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is pleased to accept the invitation to support the Professional Lighting Design Convention (PLDC) as a Partner. PLDC is an intellectual and creative nucleus for world experts in lighting to come together and help shape the future of lighting. The LRC celebrated its 25th anniversary this year with a special event that attracted more than 175 guests from around the world. The purpose of the event was not just to celebrate the past 25 years, but to discuss the future of lighting, in particular, the value of light and the notion that society undervalues light, largely because current metrics are not an accurate measure of light’s value. The benefits of light extend well above and beyond lumens per watt, such as, for example, light’s effect on sleep, alertness, and productivity. LRC researchers are proposing new metrics to measure the value of light, and look forward to extending this vital conversation at PLDC this year."
Lucerne School of Engineering and Architecture
"The Lucerne School of Engineering and Architecture recently established a research centre for Interior Architecture with an interdisciplinary focus on design, psychology, and technologies. Research is carried out in all areas on spatial qualities, which includes the topic of lighting. For this reason the School is happy to be represented and to serve as a Partner for PLDC, which enables and stimulates the exchange of knowledge between lighting professionals worldwide."
Masterdia University Madrid
"We are glad to support PLDC as the main professional meeting for the lighting community. For our students it is a unique chance to understand how wide and how deep the professional world is. For our teaching staff it is essential for keeping up to date with where the boundaries of the discipline are right now in different areas. And for anyone involved in lighting it is an irreplaceable opportunity to learn, share, network, meet old friends and make new ones. See you in Copenhagen!"
New York School of Interior Design
"The PLDC is one of the great gatherings of the lighting profession and the New York School of Interior Design is proud to be a partner university. We look forward to seeing what new ideas and research come from the Conference as well insights from the discussions of the best practices in educating current and future lighting design professionals."
Parsons The New School for Design, New York
“PLDC brings together the world’s top design practitioners, research scientists and academic scholars who are sure to give thoughtful, critical and insightful presentations on pertinent topics current in the lighting industry. PLDC’s track record has proven these presentations to be some of the most revealing and noteworthy to the profession.”
Penn State Architectural Engineering
Prof. Kevin W. Houser:
“Past conventions were excellent opportunities to meet with and learn from others with common passions for applied lighting. I’ve been impressed by the professionalism and engagement of the lighting community that makes PLDC an event that should not be missed. Penn State Architectural Engineering is delighted to be a partner for PLDC 2013.”
Rose Bruford College in London
"Rose Bruford College in London is proud to continue its long-standing affiliation with PLDC. PLDC is a unique event, and its annual platform for original and distinct voices from the theory and practice of lighting design is a very valuable resource for both our students and staff."
Università IUAV di Venezia
"The University IUAV of Venice has always placed emphasis on project-based learning. It is the only university in Italy entirely devoted to teaching the planning and design of everything related to the spaces and environments in which we live: buildings, cities and landscapes; objects of daily use and graphics; cultural, theatrical and multimedia events.
PLDC 2013 is an important enrichment for lighting professionals and students, since it involves some of the highest profiles in the lighting community.
IUAV is pleased to accept the invitation to become Partner University and promote its educational offer in the culture of lighting design."
Department of Building Design and Technology at Technical University Darmstadt
Prof. Harald Hofmann:
"The TU Darmstadt is proud to be partner of PLDC 2013 in Copenhagen. At the Faculty of Architecture, Dept. of Building Design and Technology, a one-week workshop on “Architectural Lighting Design” is offered every semester by the study group “Licht” as part of the Master’s programme. The workshop conveys basic knowledge on daylight design as well as artificial lighting design for indoor and outdoor environments. Special attention is paid to design aspects that affect vision and perception in architectural spaces. This is further deepened by design exercises and a complete lighting design project. Consequently, the PLDC in Copenhagen is a perfect complement to this curriculum and provides students of architecture at the TU Darmstadt with excellent insight into the rapidly expanding world of architectural lighting."
University of Applied Sciences in Dortmund
"PLDC is an important element when it comes to qualifying lighting design and promoting the establishment of the profession. At the first event, back in 2007 in London, it was already clear that this international forum is highly relevant for anyone who wants to be actively involved in developing the field of action in lighting design. Each of the conventions to date has offered an exciting programme, addressing the many different areas of interest of attendees from around the globe – embedded in an appropriate and well-balanced supporting programme. The University of Applied Sciences in Dortmund – and in particular the “Light_Space” research unit – is delighted to be partner of the fourth edition PLDC, this time in Copenhagen."
University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim
Prof. Mathias Wambsganss:
"Being part of the 2011 PLD convention in Madrid was an amazing experience for the students of the University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim and myself. So it is with great pleasure that we again accept the invitation to become a Partner University for the upcoming event in Copenhagen 2013. We are determined to organize a study trip to Copenhagen to be part of the convention with another group of young and enthusiastic lighting students. Many thanks to the Steering Committee for the work which has been done till now. And good luck for the rest of the organisation which needs to be done before we meet again in Denmark."
University of Idaho
"We are delighted to be a Partner University of PLDC 2013. As an attendee of PLDC 2011 in Madrid I was impressed by the quality of the convention from keynote speakers to technical sessions, to vendors, to opportunities for networking with professionals and educators. I found the global diversity of the attendees to be exceptional and the venue to be stimulating! I'm planning to attend PLDC 2013 and bring along a few students who will greatly benefit from the content and exposure to lighting professionals, be they practitioners or educators. As an academic I was especially gratified by the serious consideration given to education and research at PLDC 2011. Well done!"
University of South Wales
“The University of South Wales is proud to be invited for the third time to be a partner of PLDC. PLDC enables those whose reputations have been established and others who are just starting out to network together and share ideas in a warm and friendly environment”.
Illumination Design program at the University of Sydney
Dr. Wendy Davis:
"On behalf of the Illumination Design program at the University of Sydney, I'm thrilled to be joining colleagues from around the world in Copenhagen at PLDC 2013. This convention will be an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and pool knowledge on the many exciting innovations arising in our field. Events, like this, that bring together designers, researchers, and industry, and will play a key role in sculpting the future of this evolving discipline."
University of Wismar
Prof. Michael Rohde:
"When it comes to education and networking, PLDC is a must! That is why University of Wismar has been a Partner University from the start – 2013 will be the fourth time. In 2013 students will be offered the opportunity to earn ECTS credits for out-of-college assignments at PLDC."
The Faculty of Architecture, at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
Prof. Dr. Martynas Valevicius:
"The Faculty of Architecture, at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University is delighted to accept the invitation to be a partner of PLDC 2013 that will be held in Copenhagen in 2013. This convention will be excellent opportunity to share knowledge with architects, professional lighting designers, educators and consulting engineers who work innovatively with light."