Light + Justice Symposium

Light + Justice Symposium 2024: Interior Spaces

April 5, 2024
11:00 am – 4:45 pm (US Eastern), Hybrid

In-person at Parsons School of Design Wollmann Hall in NYC.
Online via Zoom hosted by IES.


Everyone deserves good lighting and beneficial darkness, particularly indoors, where most of us spend most of our time. Good lighting is an investment in occupant satisfaction, well-being, and productivity. On Friday April 5, 2024, in collaboration with Light Justice, event partners the IES and Parsons School of Design, will hold a symposium to explore how indoor lighting quality – especially in public facilities – is generally neglected for marginalized, under-resourced, and vulnerable occupants.

This event builds on last year’s “Light + Justice Symposium,” which examined the intersection of outdoor lighting in the public realm with environmental justice and social equity. Indoors, Light Justice means daylighting and electric lighting designed to provide a positive occupant experience. “Light + Justice Symposium: Interior Spaces” is an opportunity for lighting professionals to recognize inequities that can perpetuate inequitable indoor lighting for vulnerable occupants, including people of color, the aging, the impaired, and the incarcerated.

Panels including lighting, design, and outreach experts will discuss both the challenges and benefits of addressing these systemic inequities as an industry, and offer case studies which engage these communities to provide equitable lighting for affordable housing and other facilities.


  • Edward Bartholomew; Bartholomew Lighting principal, Light Justice co-founder
  • Glenn Shrum; Parsons School of Design Assistant Professor, Flux Studio principal
  • Lya Shaffer Osborn; lighting and interior designer, Light Justice co-founder
  • Brienne Willcock; IES Lighting Education Director

Registration Now Open


Registration to the in-person event is free for members of The New School community.
Contact for discount code before registering.

IES Members (In-Person)
Non-Members (In-Person)
Students (In-Person)
IES Members (Virtual)
Non-Members (Virtual)
Students (Virtual)


11:00 AM ET | Welcome & Introduction

11:10: “Interior Social Equity: Embedded Hierarchies of Light & Space”

11:30: Session #1: “Engaging Before Designing” (60 min)

Light Justice starts by connecting with the occupants and stakeholders who will live with the lighting we design. The panelists will discuss how to integrate public engagement into lighting design practice.



12:30: Break [Lunch]

01:15: Session #2 “Light Justice for Affordable Housing” (60 min)

Just like wealthier citizens, public housing occupants want and deserve good lighting. The panelists will investigate how to influence the lighting design and maintenance of public housing to help residents improve their visual environment.



02:15: Break [Refreshments]

02:30: Session #3: “Light Justice for the Vulnerable” session #3 (60 min)

Millions of people, particularly vulnerable populations, live or work in public buildings and have no control over their interior environment. This conversation will examine healthy illumination as a human right.



03:30: Break

03:45: Closing Keynote: “Where Do We Go From Here?”

04:30: Concluding remarks by IES

04:45: Adjourn

5:00 to 6:00: Reception in Wollman Hall

Partner Opportunities are Now Open

This is an exclusive opportunity to support the Light + Justice Symposium: Interior Spaces. Choose from sponsorship opportunities that include  complimentary Symposium registration, together video messaging and branding visibility before, during, and after the event.

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