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Designing for Diversity

25 January 2023 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm EST

Free – 20 USD
IES Norfolk/Virginia Beach Section

Join the IES for an AIA presentation on Designing for Diversity!
Tidewater IES is excited to invite you to our first in-person meeting of 2023 on Wednesday, January 25th at the The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center. IES and non-IES members are welcome to join us for dinner, drinks, and design education.

Old assumptions about “best practices” in the design of spaces were not made with everyone in mind. We are now open to renewing the question: What works best, and for whom?

In this presentation, we’ll review different elements of light (e.g. intensity, color rendering, CCT) and how groups perceive those elements differently across age, gender, ethnicity. Using research performed in office, hospitality, education, and manufacturing settings, we measure the impact of these disparate perceptions on satisfaction and productivity. Finally, we explore how changes in spatial configuration and how we produce lighting environments offer new possibilities to design for diverse workforces.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Analyze the qualitative elements of light and how different demographics respond to them in different ways
  2. Understand research showing the impact of lighting on comfort and productivity across age, gender, and ethnicity
  3. Discuss how lighting fixtures effect neurodiverse individuals, particularly focusing on glare, flicker, and acoustics
  4. Review methods of designing around offering user-selection as one element of designing for diverse workforces

This course is worth 1.0 AIA/CEU.

Mike Miner is the VP of Sales for Axolight USA. Based in Virginia, educated in Spain, he started his career in lighting in China, and has since helped to design, manufacture and market lighting products around the world. Mike researches how the design and technical aspects of lighting fixtures affect the work and wellbeing of the people underneath them.


25 January 2023
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm EST
Free – 20 USD
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Westin Virginia Beach Town Center
4535 Commerce Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23462 United States
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