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Lighting Layers for Commercial + Residential Applications (2 AIA/IDCEC LUs)
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Lighting Layers for Commercial + Residential Applications (2 AIA/IDCEC LUs)

When: Tuesday, October 17, 2017
6:30 - 8:45 PM
Where: AIA San Francisco
130 Sutter Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, California  94104
United States

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Thoughtful use of lighting can express and enhance the architectural statement. This course will present the layers you can use to add depth and subtlety to your architectural composition, and some exciting updates in LED technology that can improve occupant satisfaction and comfort. A practical application by course participants will conclude the class.


Learning Objectives

  1. Learn the 4 lighting layers used to enhance the design of architectural spaces
  2. Identify two ways that lighting contributes to making built projects look 3 Dimensional
  3. Identify 2 advances in LED lighting technology
  4. Apply all 4 lighting layers to illuminating a space using a hands-on example



  • 6:30 - 6:45: Reception with light refreshments
  • 6:45 - 8:00: Lecture and product demonstrations
  • 8:00 - 8:05: Break
  • 8:05 - 8:30: Hands-on application
  • 8:30 - 8:45: Discussion/Q&A


Pricing and Registration

  • AIASF Member: $25
  • General Admission: $35
  • AIASF Student Member: $15

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About the Presenters

Therese Lahaie
Apparatus Design

Therese Lahaie is a lightologist. As an artist, Therese uses light and technology to reveal the nature of various media and for expressing solace. As a practitioner of light, Therese provides education, knowledge and training for architects, engineers and lighting designers.

Therese has presented her AIA-CES and IDCEC approved "Innovators in LED Lighting" luncheon seminar to more than 2500 design professionals who appreciate her knowledge and insight about LED lighting. Her dynamic approach to presenting content and inclusion of experts that 'know their stuff' make her presentation one of the most popular ever offered. And of course it doesn't hurt that participants can earn AIA CEU's in sustainable design by attending. Therese, who previously worked at companies like Translite Sonoma, Phillips Lightolier and Morrison Lighting, recognized how much new information architects, engineers and designers would need to appropriately evaluate, specify and select new products as LED technology improved and evolved. She knew first-hand as an artist using light of many of the challenges and issues with the new technology. Rather than wait for others to figure it all out, Therese's passion for light led her to form Apparatus Design.

Today, Therese is an independent consultant who supports lighting designers and manufacturers in the transition to LED lighting solutions. In addition to her Lunch and Learn trainings, Therese does market research and connects LED lighting manufacturers, lighting designers, and architects in conversation and in practice.

Max Pierson
Minuscule Lighting

After graduating from USC with a degree in Mathematics (go Trojans!) and working for several years in L.A. as a theater lighting designer I switched to architecture, eventually arriving in my beloved adopted home of San Francisco. I’ve been so fortunate to experience working with light at its most ephemeral in the performing arts, and when applied with the rigor and polish of architecture great things are possible.

I started Minuscule Lighting Design in 2014 to better serve the needs of High Performing buildings with an integrated offering of lighting, controls, and daylighting design. The name refers both to a management philosophy of a small firm with personal attention by principal designers to every project, and a design philosophy of folding the lighting into the overall architectural presentation so completely that it is difficult to imagine one without the other.

In 2015 Minuscule was honored with an Illumination Award of Excellence by the Illumination Engineering Society (IES) for the design of West Berkeley Library, the first zero-net public library in California. Most recently, the firm received the 2017 Luxie Award of Distinction for The Speakeasy, an immersive theatrical experience.