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Cincinnati/ Louisville Section
President and Principal lighting designer for 37 Volts Light Studio
Amy Laughead-Riese founded her firm on the simple notion that light transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. Great ideas are like little volts of unexpected static electricity. She blends those creative volts into successful lighting designs for a variety of retail and hospitality clients. Recent notable projects include Saks Fifth Avenue Toronto flagship on Queens Street, Dylan’s Candy Bar Union Square NYC, The Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods, Verizon destination stores in Chicago, Santa Monica, Boston and Mall of America, Ballards Designs at King of Prussia. Other clients include, Lord & Taylor, Hudson’s Bay, Luxottica Retail and Columbia Sportswear.
Her qualifications include Lighting Certified by NCQLP, LEED-AP and she’s recognized as a Blackbelt in Six Sigma methodology. She holds a Bachelors degree from Miami University in Interior Design and a Masters degree in Interior Design from Virginia Tech where her research focused on the affect of illumination level on human proxemic behavior.
Amy currently serves on the Retail Lighting Committee as Chairperson and she participates on the Board of Managers for the Cincinnati/Louisville Section of the IES. Amy also served as Midwest Region, District 8 Chair from 2013-2015.
“A sturdy foundation of the IES community begins with strong Sections. Some Sections naturally excel in hosting meetings and fundraising because they have a strong group of committed board members giving a lot of their time and effort. This attracts and maintains new members. Other Sections struggle to find volunteers to participate on the board and host regular section meetings. It’s my hope that through more initiatives like the Roadshows, small and struggling Sections can benefit from shared speakers and events.”