Innovators in LED Lighting

Event Pass Information

Event Pass Type
AIA Member (not AIANY)$5.00 USD
General Public   $10.00 USD

Event Details

*This event is occurring as a live webinar. Registrants will be emailed a link to access the program.*

Join us for a 45-minute "Innovators in LED Lighting" training, which will end with a fun, 10-minute interactive quiz show complete with prizes (a $50.00 gift card)!

The lighting technologies available to designers today are irresistible resources that can be quickly applied to your projects. For this event, your game show host and lightologist Therese Lahaie will team up with a lighting designer to present new technology, mock ups, and sketches for successful residential, commercia, and public projects. They will guide you through quality of light metrics to affordably improve health and wellbeing at home, lighting layers to enhancie dimensionality of your projects, and optics technologies that lower costs and improve energy efficiency.

Innovators in LED Lighting is approved for 1.0 AIA HSW LU, IDCEC CEU and LEED certificate of completion.

AIA learning objectives:

  • Identify two ways that the quality of light properties of LED products improve health and well-being for residential and commercial environments.
  • Recognize innovations in optics technology to reduce fixture count, cost, improve lighting levels, and save energy.
  • Observe the four lighting layers and what types of products are required to make the spaces you design look more three-dimensional.
  • Theorize why this is the best time to be a designer using LED lighting.

Therese Lahaie, Lightologist; Educator in the Lighting Arts; Founder, Apparatus Design

Therese Lahaie is a lightologist. Her expertise in glass technology launched her career in custom lighting, and her love of collaboration led her to work with nationally-recognized lighting designers at Translite Sonoma/Lightolier and Morrison Lighting.

As a light practitioner, she had an early interest in LED lighting. She founded the her firm, Apparatus Design, and the training program Innovators in LED Lighting to give designers knowledge that they can immediately apply to their projects. Today, Lahaie is an independent consultant who connects designers and manufacturers with LED lighting solutions. Over 4000 architects, engineers, and lighting designers now have lighting fluency through her AIA HSW presentations.

Lahaie has presented at Lightfair International, Strategies in Light, and events at AIA, ASID, DLF, KNBA and the ASID Bay Area Student Design Symposium.

Lahaie is also an artist working in the medium of light. Some of her projects include the public art installation Crossing Signal Mosaic and sculptural works in the collections of the Crocker Art Museum and the DiRosa Collection in California, the Corning Museum of Glass Contemporary Collection in New York, and the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft in Denmark.


Renata Gallo, Senior Associate, Apparatus Design

Renata joined the lighting design team at Cline Bettridge Bernstein in 2007. She became an Associate of the firm at the beginning of 2013 and was again promoted to a Senior Associate’s role in 2018. 

A resourceful and versatile designer, Renata has held key design roles in many CBB projects where sustainability is a prime consideration. Her work in this area includes the first law office interiors to achieve LEED certification. Her projects span a broad range, from high-end commercial spaces to budget-conscious public school buildings. In her years at CBB, numerous projects in Renata’s portfolio have been lighting award winners. 

She earned her Bachelor’s Degree at the New York School of Interior Design. Her studies drew her to lighting design as a means of adding depth and dimension to projects, and as a valuable tool for creating a wide range of different settings and moods. 

What Renata finds most rewarding in her work is a project’s successful outcome – seeing the completed installation and hearing favorable comments from clients and architects. “Every day that I work at CBB gives me the chance to learn something new!”