Next Generation Luminaires Design Competition

Judging Panel

Next Generation Luminaires judges have been drawn from across the architectural lighting design community, creating a diverse panel of experts who design, specify, evaluate, research, and write about commercial SSL luminaires.

The evaluation criteria and procedures used by the judges and competition organizers can be found on this website.

Steering Committee

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Dan Blitzer, LC, representing IESNA
Dan Blitzer is principal of Contract Marketing, a consulting agency that provides strategic planning, marketing, communications, and training services to the lighting industry. Dan is Lighting Certified, a member of the IESNA, a member of the board of the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education, and President of the Designers Lighting Forum of New York.

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Nancy Clanton, PE, FIES, LC, IALD, LEED AP, representing IESNA
Nancy E. Clanton is founder and President of Clanton & Associates, a lighting design firm specializing in sustainable design. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Colorado and Oregon. She is a Fellow of IESNA, professional member of IALD and a LEED Accredited Professional.

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Avraham Mendall Mor, IALD, IESNA, LEED AP, representing IALD
Avraham (Avi) Mendall Mor, is a leading architectural and theatrical lighting designer with over ten years of experience in a variety of applications, locations, and clientele, performing design, project management, and compliance with building code and environmental regulations. He is president of the Chicago Section of the IESNA.

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Melanie Taylor, IALD, LEED AP, representing IALD
Melanie leads the Lighting Design Studio for the WSP Flack + Kurtz Seattle Office and brings over 18 years of lighting design experience to her judging duties. She has participated in the design of integrated and sustainable lighting projects for a wide range of projects in Asia and the United States.

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Melissa Hertel, LC, LEED AP, representing IALD
Melissa Hertel is the Sr. marketing manager of energy and sustainability for Lightolier. In her current position she is responsible for tracking sustainable design trends and education of energy smart lighting techniques. She currently serves as the co-chair of the Lighting Industry Research Council, an affiliate of the IALD. Previously she managed the Lightolier TechCenter. Melissa began her career in architectural design where she focused primarily on commercial construction.

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Ruth Taylor, PNNL, representing DOE
Ruth Taylor is a research scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where she contributes to a number of projects focused on energy efficiency in buildings. She manages the residential and commercial SSL design competitions (Lighting for Tomorrow and Next Generation Luminaires) for the DOE Solid-State Lighting program as well as web tool development for DOEs Commercial Lighting Solutions program. Ms. Taylor holds an architectural degree from Texas A&M University.

Judges

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Nancy Clanton, PE, FIES, LC, IALD, LEED AP
Nancy E. Clanton is founder and President of Clanton & Associates, a lighting design firm specializing in sustainable design. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Colorado and Oregon. She is a Fellow of IESNA, a professional member of IALD, and a LEED Accredited Professional.

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Avraham Mendall Mor, IALD, IES, LEED AP
Avraham (Avi) Mendall Mor, is a leading architectural and theatrical lighting designer with over ten years of experience in a variety of applications, locations, and clientele, performing design, project management, and compliance with building code and environmental regulations. He is president of the Chicago Section of the IESNA.

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Melanie Taylor, IALD, LEED AP
Melanie leads the Lighting Design Studio for the WSP Flack + Kurtz Seattle Office and brings over 18 years of lighting design experience to her judging duties. She has participated in the design of integrated and sustainable lighting projects for a wide range of projects in Asia and the United States.

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Charles K. Thompson, AIA, LC, IALD, IESNA, LEED AP
Charles Thompson, founder of ARCHILLUME, is a member of the AIA and an interior designer. He is a corporate member of the International Association of Lighting Designers and a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. He has achieved Lighting Certification from the National Council for the Qualifications of the Lighting Professions and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

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Frank A. Florentine
Frank A. Florentine, a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society, is the Lighting Designer at the Smithsonian Institutions National Air and Space Museum, in Washington, DC. He has received numerous awards for his lighting designs, including three GE Edison Awards and two IES Guth Awards. He entertained the judges singing "Amazin Glazin" to the tune of "Amazing Grace."

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Michael Hennes
Michael Hennes is a Senior Associate and Project Director at Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design Inc. in New York City and has over 20 years of experience in lighting design. He has been involved in numerous projects that have used LED technology for architectural applications, and he has lectured on LED applications for the IES New York Chapter and the Designers Lighting Forum of New York.

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Gregg D. Ander, FAIA, IESNA, ASHRAE
Gregg D. Ander, is the Chief Architect of Southern California Edison. He was the Executive Producer of six environmentally focused television programs. Mr. Ander serves on the Board of Directors of the Sustainable Building Industry Council (SBIC), the New Buildings Institute (NBI), the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS), and the California Commissioning Collaborative (CCC). He has authored over 70 technical design-related articles.

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Naomi Johnson Miller, FIES, FIALD, LC
Naomi Miller, Principal, Lighting Design in Troy, New York. Lighting quality, the aging eye, health effects of light, dark skies, sustainability, and energy efficiency are her passions. She earned an undergraduate degree in architecture from MIT, and an MS degree in lighting from Rensselaer Polytechnic. She chaired the IESNA Quality of the Visual Environment committee for 8 years. and is a member of the Lighting Research Offices Technical Advisory Committee.

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Jeff McCullough, LC, CEM, CLEP
Jeff McCullough is a Senior Research Engineer with DOEs Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Most recently Mr. McCullough has led development of technical performance criteria for Solid State Lighting, in support of DOEs Lighting R&D program and the ENERGY STAR program. Mr. McCullough holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and a B.A. degree in Business Administration from Washington State University.

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Samantha LaFleur, LC, LEED AP
Samantha LaFleur, an Associate for the environmental design consulting firm of Atelier Ten, is a senior lighting designer with experience in energy-conscious integrated lighting design. Ms. LaFleur is a contributing author to the forth-coming DOE-sponsored LEDs for General Illumination Design Guide. She served on the ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1 Standard committee and founded the Sustainability Committee for the IALD.

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Ronald D. Kurtz, IALD, IESNA, LEED AP Associate
Ron Kurtz is a Senior Lighting Designer with Randy Burkett Lighting Design. His lighting design experience includes three years with Grenald Associates, Ltd. in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Ron currently serves on the Sustainability Committee, serves on IESNAs Energy Management Committee and is a member of ASHRAEs 90.1 Energy Standards Committee.

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Stefan R. Graf, Principal, IALD, LC, IESNA
Stefan Graf has almost 40 years of lighting experience including designing lighting for the concert touring industry, live and broadcast theatrical productions, and exhibits, and developed the first automated stagelight. Graf founded Illuminart, a design firm focused on commercial, retail, and residential architectural projects. Stefan has won 38 international illumination design awards.

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John Gebbie
John Gebbie is a Lighting Systems Integrator specializing in complex lighting control, dimming and LED data distribution systems. Since 2000 John has been managing the NY Systems Division for Barbizon Lighting Company. His lighting solutions have been utilized by clients including the Bank of America Building at One Bryant Park and Silverstein Properties, Seven World Trade Center.

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Michael Grather
Michael Grather is the President of Luminaire Testing Laboratory, Inc. in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and is currently serving as chairman of the Testing Procedures Committee of the IES.

 

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