Institute Keynote

Courtesy of James Ramsey and Dan Barasch

The Lowline: Rediscovering New York
James Ramsey, RAAD studio

Sponsored by - Booth 1533

Monday, April 22, 12:45 PM – 2:15 PM 
Cost: $55 in advance; $65 after March 28, 2013 (included in Institute registration)
Location: Ballroom, Pennsylvania Convention Center

James Ramsey will discuss how innovative lighting can produce startling design ideas and allow us to reconnect to the present. The Lowline is RAAD's concept for the creation of an underground garden in NYC. James Ramsey, the project inventor, will discuss some of the context and challenges of this bold and ambitious project. 

James Ramsey is the principal of RAAD and the creator of the Lowline. Ramsey’s experience in design began at Yale University, where he won a Bates Fellowship to study cathedral design in Europe. He then went to work as a satellite engineer for NASA, where he was a part of the team that created the Pluto Fast Flyby and the Cassini satellites. After his time at NASA, James gained large firm experience at DMSAS in Washington, DC and small firm knowledge, upon relocating to New York, at the boutique outfit, Penny Yates Architects. While teaching design at the Parsons School of Design, James worked to put the pieces in place to start his own design practice in 2004. RAAD has since built over a hundred projects, both in NYC and across the country. James Ramsey is the inventor of the Remote Skylight and founder of RAADStuff.

Show Keynote

Opportunities for Lighting in the Cleantech Revolution
Vinod Khosla, Khosla Ventures

Sponsored by - Booth 4047

Wednesday, April 24, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cost: Complimentary
Location: Spotlight Lounge, Hall F

Vinod Khosla will present a cleantech investor’s perspective on how innovative approaches to lighting will transform this industry into potentially one of the most high-tech, creative and impactful sectors of the economy. What the lighting industry can achieve is a function of what it thinks it can achieve—not any other physical limitation.

Vinod Khosla is an Indian-born American businessman, venture capitalist and one of the co-founders of SUN Microsystems, where he served as its first CEO and Chairman in the early 1980s. In 1986, he became a general partner of the venture capitalist firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where he remained through the early 2000s. In 2004 Khosla formed his own firm, Khosla Ventures, which focuses on venture investments in various technology sectors, most notably clean technology.

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2013 Pricing

LFI for Students

4.21.13 – 4.22.13

4.23.13 – 4.25.13

Philadelphia, PA USA
Pennsylvania Convention Center


Exhibit Hall Dates & Hours
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Thursday, April 25, 2013
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

On-Site Registration Hours
Sunday, April 21, 2013
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Monday, April 22, 2013
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Thursday, April 25, 2013
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Shadow and Light: Reflections on Architecture

Institute Keynote Luncheon (included in Institute registration; can be purchased by non-Institute attendees for $55 by May 9; $65 after May 9)
L14KL1 – Sunday, June 1, 12:15pm – 1:45pm

In this richly illustrated talk, Hartman will discuss the poetics of light in architecture. Through his own work in the use of natural light as a physical design material and his collaborations with artists and light designers, Hartman will describe explorations in exploiting the ineffable essence of light in shaping and elevating structure, architectural form and the public realm.

Craig W. Hartman, FAIA
Design partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM),
San Francisco, CA

Craig W. Hartman, FAIA, is Partner in Charge of Design for SOM’s West Coast practice, based in San Francisco. His work ranges from entire urban districts to singular works of commercial, residential, civic and cultural architecture and addresses issues of contemporary place and time as well as the sustainability of urban and natural ecologies.

Working within a multi-disciplinary practice, Hartman’s work consistently demonstrates how projects can achieve innovation in design and building performance by integrating architecture, urban design, engineering, interiors, and graphic design.

Hartman’s work is frequently included in international publications and exhibitions and is especially noted for its integration of structure, architectural form and light. 

His work has been recognized with nearly 200 awards for design, which, in addition to 10 National AIA Honor Awards, includes awards for environmental sustainability as well as LEED Gold and Platinum projects. Hartman has taught, lectured or served as a critic at numerous schools of architecture in the US, as well as Europe and South America.

In 2001, Hartman became the youngest recipient of the Maybeck Award, presented periodically by the California Chapter of the AIA to an individual in recognition of “lifetime achievement in architectural design.” During the dedication ceremony in 2008, he received a Vatican Knighthood for his design of The Cathedral of Christ the Light.

Organicz: The Organic Digital Interface

Institute Keynote Luncheon (included in Institute registration; can be purchased by non-Institute attendees for $55 by May 9; $65 after May 9)
L14KL2 - Monday, June 2, 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Sponsored by COOPER LIGHTING BY EATON, Booth 3824

For designers, everything is about to change dramatically. What was once considered science fiction is now rapidly becoming reality. If we designers don't take a hand in this revolution then who will?

Richard Seymour
Co-Founder and Design Director

As one of Europe’s best known and most accomplished designers, Richard Seymour’s career spans more than 30 years and a huge range of creative disciplines. During this period, he has become a global champion for design-led innovation, picking up numerous awards along the way, including the D&AD Award for Outstanding Contribution to Design, the FX Lifetime Achievement Award and the Senior Fellowship of the Royal College of Art.

Initially trained as a graphic designer and illustrator, Richard moved quickly through advertising and film production design, before setting up Seymourpowell, with Dick Powell, in 1984.

Since then, the consultancy has risen to the forefront of product and Innovation design, with a string of world-firsts amongst its achievements, including designs for the world’s first cordless kettle, pocket mobile phone and privateer spaceship for Virgin.

More and more of his time now is spent helping large international companies understand what lies before them in the future, and finding ways to ‘rewire’ them to better face these challenges.

Recently, Richard’s latest TED talk, ‘How we feel Beauty’ has received over 1,000,000 hits across the Web and he has been selected by the BBC to contribute, along with 15 other Professors, scientists and Nobel Laureates, to a series about the future, which will appear on their digital platforms worldwide.

He is a formidable public speaker, creative director (a role he undertakes for several of Unilever’s global brands), futurist, foody and occasional musician.

Have LEDs High-Jacked the Lighting Design Industry?

Impact Speaker
L14SP6 - Tuesday, June 3, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Spotlight Lounge

The fast evolution of LED lighting technology has taken our lighting design world by storm with new LED products launched nearly every other day! The development has integrated into our profession so much that we now find a new generation of lighting designers who have never designed anything else then with LED lighting! Likewise we find that some of the new generation clients only know the magical word of LED. But with that the commercial stakes have become very high and as a result manufacturers and sales people work overtime to profit from the LED boom. This paper takes a closer look at the impact on our profession of lighting design.

Martin Klaasen
Owner, Founder, Principal
Klaasen Lighting Design

Martin is an award-winning lighting designer, design consultant, lecturer and resource speaker with more than 30 years of experience in the lighting industry. Martin has a master's degree in industrial design and started his career of many years in creative and innovative lighting design with Philips (in Holland and overseas). He furthered his career by setting up his own lighting consultancy practice first with Lumino Design International, based in Singapore, later in Australia with Lighting Images. Recently Martin decided to apply his passion for lighting design exclusively through his own company; Klaasen Lighting Design (KLD). Martin brings to his designs a unique awareness of lighting technologies that improve and enhance the quality of lighting in professional installations. Some of his designs have received national and international lighting design awards. The list of his expertise and experiences spans all applications and projects around the globe. Martin is also passionate about sharing his knowledge by educating his clients and the public through his many articles in the media and since the last few years his daily blog. "Light Talk" is featured on the Professional Lighting Designers Magazine's website and enjoys a fervent and worldwide group of followers. Recently Martin compiled his first year of blogging to much acclaim into a book of the same name.


The newest additions to the Conference are two exciting Forums focusing on two relevant and timely topics: Healthcare and Hospitality.

LFI Healthcare Lighting Forum
LFI Hospitality Lighting Forum

The Wellness Revolution: The Next Driver of the Lighting Industry

L14KL3 - Tuesday, June 3, 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Dr. Michael Roizen
Chief Wellness Officer
Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Michael Roizen, chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic, is a graduate of Williams College and the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. He performed his residency in internal medicine at Harvard's Beth Israel Hospital. Dr. Roizen is the co-founder and Chair of the RealAge, Inc., Scientific Advisory Board. He is a Past Chair of a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee and a former editor for six medical journals. Dr. Roizen has published more than 165 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 100 textbook chapters, 30 editorials and four medical books (one, a medical best-seller), and received 13 U.S. and many foreign patents.

The Honorable Richard Gephardt
President & CEO
Gephardt Government Affairs

The Honorable Richard Gephardt, former United States Congressman and House of Representatives Majority Leader and president & chief executive officer of Gephardt Government Affairs. Gephardt also serves as public spokesperson for clients on coalitions to bring about policy solutions to healthcare reform and climate change. Widely known for his advocacy for international human rights, Gephardt currently serves as Chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy. He is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations and an Advisory Board member to the International Conservation Caucus Foundation. He also serves as Advisory Board chairman at the Richard A. Gephardt Institute for Public Service at Washington University in St. Louis.