Feb 28, 2024

Light + Justice Symposium 2024: Interior Spaces

Symposium date: April 5, 2024

Location: Parsons School of Design & also available online via Zoom

Everyone deserves good lighting and beneficial darkness, especially 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, the IES, in collaboration with Light Justice 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 is an opportunity for lighting professionals to understand and address inequities that disproportionately diminish visual quality for people of color, the aging, the impaired, and the incarcerated. Sessions will address how to engage with these communities along with case studies of equitable lighting for public housing and other facilities by lighting, design, and outreach experts. This hybrid event will be held live at Parsons’ Wollmann Hall in New York City and online for a virtual audience. The event will be recorded for registered attendees who will be eligible for up to 4.5 hours of continued education credits. Details regarding the program, times, and registration will be available early March.

The 2024 Symposium will offer an expanded focus on research trends for next-generation lighting tools, new recommendations and methods to evaluate health impacts, innovative approaches to environmental stewardship and support of sustainable lighting practices, novel tools for post-occupancy evaluations, and design for resiliency.

Registration Now Open

Registration Rates


IES Members



IES Members

NEW! Optional Tour of PNNL Lighting Science & Technology Lab

On Thursday, there will be an optional tour of research experiments at  Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Lighting Science & Technology Lab. Space is limited! Register early to secure your spot.

$25 Tour Transportation Cost

PNNL is a leading laboratory for lab- and field-based lighting research. Come join us after the end of the event to take a look at some of the following cutting-edge experiments: 
  • Spectrally Tunable Lighting Facility – Large room with 24-channel tunable luminaries offers world-class capability for understanding the effect of variation in light source spectrum on performance, wellbeing, mood, brightness perception, visual fatigue, and more. 
  • Glare Apparatus – Custom-built apparatus with 54 color tunable luminaires with automated individual control allows for matching and adjustment of discomfort levels due to glare. 
  • Uniformity Apparatus – Automated device for varying the luminance distribution of a luminaire aperture and capturing measurements with a luminance meter or high dynamic range imaging setup. 
  • Variable Height Ceiling with Modular Room – Two variable height ceiling grids enable installation and evaluation of various types of electric equipment powered by different electrical distribution architectures. A modular room setup under one of the variable height ceilings provides an enclosed space for lighting measurements. (These are subject to change) 
Foreign Nationals: Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) of the United States must present a valid LPR card or evidence of lawful status if waiting for an LPR card to be issued. Non-U.S. citizens who are not LPRs must provide valid passports and visa documentation, including an I-94 Departure Record or an applicable passport admission stamp. 
If you are a foreign national interested in attending the tour, please register by attaching the required information, and someone on staff will be in contact with you to confirm registration.



Welcome & Introduction (Glenn Shrum & Edward Bartholomew)


“Upstairs/Downstairs: Interior Design Power Dynamics” (Lya Osborn)


Session #1: “Engaging before Designing” (60 min)

– Moderator introduction

– Present 4 qty. 5-minute long prerecorded presentations

– Moderated panel discussion (hybrid, limited panelists joining online)



Break – LUNCH


Session #2 “Light Justice for Affordable Housing (60 min)

– Moderator introduction

– Present 4 qty. 5-minute long prerecorded presentations

– Moderated panel discussion (hybrid, limited panelists joining online)





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

– Moderator introduction

– Present4 qty. 5-minute long prerecorded presentations

– Moderated panel discussion (hybrid, limited panelists joining online)





Closing Keynote : “Where Do We Go From Here?” (Lisa Heshong)



4:45 to 6:30pm

Reception in Wollman Hall (pending sponsorship)

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.

Click the image to view the full opportunities and contact us now through the button link to book.

Housing & Transportation

There is no preferred hotel or hotel block this year. Feel free to stay wherever your points will take you! OMSI is conveniently located along the Willamette River, and is accessible by Portland Streetcar, Trimet, bike, or car.

Nearby Hotels (not affiliated to the event)

Thank you to our Sponsors

Gold Sponsor

Lunch Sponsor


Lighting Leader Sponsors

Cancellation Policy

Registrants/Sponsors who cancel their registration for any reason (including the denial of a travel visa due to delays or other issues) will receive a refund according to the following schedule:

  • Registration canceled more than 30 days before the event will be refunded.
  • Registrations canceled less than 30 days but more than ten days before the event will be refunded 75% of the registration fee.
  • Registration canceled less than ten days before the event will not be eligible for a refund.
  • No refunds are granted for “no-shows.”
  • Transfers and substitutions of registration are not allowed. 

Processing of Refunds

  • Refunds of registrations paid by credit card will be made by refunding to that credit card. Refunds of registrations paid by cheque will be made by check to the person or organization that issued the check.
  • All refunds should be requested in writing by completing the Refund Request form (over-the-phone cancellations will NOT be accepted).  ALL cancellations and refunds processed will incur a $99 cancellation/processing fee