Illuminating Engineering Society of North America
The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) is the recognized technical authority on illumination. For over 100 years; its objective
has been to communicate information on all aspects of good lighting practice to its members, to the lighting community, and to consumers, through
a variety of programs, publications, and services. IES is a forum for the exchange of ideas and information, and a vehicle for its members'
professional development and recognition. Through technical committees, with hundreds of qualified individuals from the lighting and user communities,
IES correlates research, investigations, and discussions to guide lighting professionals and lay persons via consensus-based lighting recommendations.
The Society publishes nearly 100 varied technical publications, and works cooperatively with related organizations on a variety of programs
and in the production of jointly published documents and standards.
Local IES Sections and many lighting corporations offer formal educational programs on lighting, utilizing material developed by IES. Sections
offer programs related to specific applications based on IES standards - seminars on sports and recreational lighting, lighting industrial facilities,
roadway lighting, museum lighting, to name a few. Virtually every curriculum devoted to lighting - from beginner to advanced - includes IES
educational materials. IES is almost 8,000 members strong. Its members work with lighting in a variety of capacities - lighting designers, architects,
interior designers, government & utility personnel, engineers, contractors, manufacturers, distributors, researchers and educators - throughout
the United States, Canada, Mexico - and around the world. They share a common interest in lighting, and a common desire to promote the use of
the latest, most innovative lighting technologies, with a focus on judicious use of energy in all lighting applications.
The IES is a collegial community dedicated to improving the lighted environment.
The IES is composed of a diverse membership, all with an interest in and a dedication to good lighting. 25% of the membership is involved in
manufacturing (lamps, sources, luminaires, and accessories); another 25% is composed of lighting designers and architects. The remaining 50%
is composed of consultants, electrical and building contractors, distributors, and wholesalers, individuals working in affiliated lighting fields,
those working for utilities and energy services, and people in government and education. Over one thousand of these members serve on committees,
most serving on the Society’s document development committees; these committees develop standards, design guides, technical memoranda, lighting
energy management materials, guidelines and lighting measurement, testing and calculation guides.
IES Regions and Sections
Programs and Events
The IES offers conferences and seminars focused on current issues in lighting and on the built environment in general. The Society offers award
and scholarship programs. Awards range from recognition of contributions to the art and science of lighting to recognition of the service contributions
of members. The IES Illumination Awards recognize excellence in lighting design.
Scholarships are offered: The Besal Fund, the Thunen Memorial Scholarships, and the Young Professionals Scholarship Fund. Recognition grants
are also available via the Richard Kelly Fund and the Howard Brandston Student Lighting Grant.
2010 IES Illumination Awards
The IES Illumination Awards provides a unique opportunity for public recognition of professionalism, ingenuity, and originality in lighting
design based upon the individual merit of each entry judged against specific criteria.
Judges are selected from a broad professional spectrum that represents knowledge of lighting and design excellence. The judging system is based
entirely on how well the lighting design does or does not meet the program criteria. This program is not a competition. The program is open
to any qualified entrant without limitations as to professional affiliations. The Guth, Waterbury, Cutler, Energy and Environmental Design Award
sponsored by Osram Sylvania and the Control Innovation Award sponsored by the Lighting Controls Association are parallel programs created to
recognize outstanding lighting design.
The Control Innovation Award sponsored by the Lighting Controls Association
The award recognizes good lighting projects that exemplify the effective use of lighting controls in nonresidential applications. All submissions
must adhere to the program procedures. Since the award is new and also recognizes lighting controls, some helpful guidelines for these entries
are available. Please note that these are just suggested areas to address in preparing your entry.
The Edwin F. Guth Memorial Award for Interior Lighting Design
The Edwin F. Guth Memorial Awards for Interior Lighting Design honors the memory of Edwin F. Guth, who founded the St. Louis Brass Co. in 1902.
He later renamed the company the Edwin F. Guth Co. At the time of his death in 1962, he held 147 patents.
The Paul Waterbury Award for Outdoor Lighting Design
The Paul Waterbury Award for Outdoor Lighting honors Paul Waterbury's achievements in the lighting field. Among them, the development of 1500
W metal halide lamps for stadium use and an optical system for low mounted tennis court lighting.
The Aileen Page Cutler Memorial Award for Residential Lighting Design
This award honors the memory of Aileen Page Cutler, a developer of new and creative ways to light residences. She also developed training programs
for teaching others the art and science of residential lighting. She was the wife of the late C.M. (Monte) Cutler, who established this award.
The Energy and Environmental Design Award sponsored by Osram Sylvania
The Energy and Environmental Design Award recognizes quality lighting installations in commercial and industrial buildings that incorporate
advanced energy-saving strategies and environmentally responsible solutions into the overall design.