The International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) is currently participating in the development of an international lighting certification. The debate that surrounds this whole idea is an interesting topic in and of itself. It stems from 2009 Legislation in Texas that would have required a license to practice lighting design. I recently sat in on an IALD webinar about credentialing, and while I am as credentialed up (kind of like tatted up, only I'm not that) as anyone I know, I'm not yet convinced that this is the answer.
That is a debate I would rather not enter, though!
What I want to share here are some great metrics that the group has thoughtfully accumulated to measure and provide the elusive definition of the profession of architectural lighting design. Currently they identify seven domains that define the core competencies that a lighting designer will be required to illustrate and maintain for certification. They are:
1. Goals and Outcomes - Project goals are met in the final lighting design.
2. Collaboration - The lighting designer collaborated with all members of the team throughout the duration of the project.
3. Ingenuity - The lighting designer proposed creative, ingenious solutions to the design of the project.
4. Synthesis - The lighting solutions are integrated and the lighting design complements the overall design solution of the project.
5. Science - The design illustrated proper application of technology and consideration of human psychology.
6. Stewardship - Avoid or minimize harm, discomfort, or waste.
7. Human Experience - The lighting design contributes to and enhances the human experience of the space.
I think this is a great list and something to consider every project. What do you think? Is anything missing? What would you add or delete from the list? The tougher question - are these measurable?
Lisa J. Reed, lighting designer and Principal at Envision Lighting Design, LLC