Membership Grades

VOTING MEMBERS

FELLOWS
By awarding the designation of Fellow, the IALD recognizes and honors outstanding contributions and achievements in lighting design, education, service to the profession and service to the IALD itself. The IALD Fellow designation is awarded to an IALD member for valuable contribution to the art and science of lighting design and for their continued service to IALD. 

A member must be nominated by at least two people during the Call for Fellows, one of whom must be a current Fellow, to be considered for the formal nomination process during the. You will be contacted by the Executive Vice President of the IALD if a member you have nominated is being considered.
 
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS
Professional membership will be open to individuals who devote the majority of  their professional time to the design of architectural lighting. Candidates for Professional membership shall have, at the time his/her application is submitted, at least five (5) years of experience in the field of architecture lighting design at the job of senior designer or above in an independent consulting practice. Professional membership of the IALD is a voting grade membership. See application for more details.

A description of the application procedure, including instructions for attachments, can be found here. Guidelines for the submission of digital images can be found here. The following items are necessary to process your IALD membership. Your application will not be reviewed until all documents have been received.
  1. Professional application
  2. Application filing fee of $50.00 USD
  3. Resume, including professional experience/employment history
  4. Brief profile of your current company/employer
  5. A recent project list on which you have served as senior designer
  6. Two professional references from individuals who are familiar with your work, external to your current employer. If possible, please include at least one IALD member
  7. A portfolio of your work, including four architectural lighting projects and images - use the PowerPoint portfolio presentation format
ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
Associate membership is open to individuals who devote the majority of their professional time to the design of architectural lighting. A candidate for Associate membership shall have, at the time his/her application is submitted, at least three (3) years of experience in the field of architecture lighting design. Associate membership is a voting grade of membership - for more information, see the application.

A description of the application procedure, including instructions for attachments, can be found here

The following items are necessary to process your IALD membership. Your application will not be reviewed until all documents have been received.

Associate Grade Applicant Checklist
  1. Associate application
  2. Resume, including professional experience/employment history
  3. Brief profile of your current company/employer
  4. A recent project list on which you have served as an active designer
  5. Two letters of professional reference from individuals familiar with your work, one of which is external to your current employer; if possible, please include at least one IALD member
  6. $30.00 USD non-refundable application fee
 
NON-VOTING MEMBERS
 
JUNIOR ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
Junior Associate membership (previously known as "Design" membership) is open to all lighting designers new to the profession, recent college graduates and those who have less than three (3) years of experience in the industry. Junior Associate membership is a non-voting grade of membership, but Junior Associate members must abide by the IALD Vision Statement, Mission Statement and Guidelines for Specification Integrity. See the application for details.
 
A description of the application procedure, including instructions for attachments, can be found here.

The following items are necessary to process your IALD membership. Your application will not be reviewed until all documents have been received by the IALD headquarters office.
 
Junior Associate Grade Applicant Checklist
  1. Junior Associate application
  2. Resume, including professional experience/employment history
  3. Brief profile of your current company/employer
  4. Two business/work references who are not related to you
  5. $30.00 USD non-refundable application fee
 
EDUCATOR MEMBERS
Educator membership shall be open to an educator in good standing of an accredited institution such as a technical school, design school, college or university, with students concentrated in lighting design or related fields. Educator members are non-voting members, but will abide by the IALD Vision Statement, Mission Statement and Guidelines for Specification Integrity. See the application for more details.
 
The following items are necessary to process your IALD membership. Your application will not be reviewed until all documents have been received by the IALD headquarters office.
 
A description of the application procedure, including instructions for attachments, can be found here.
 
Educator Grade Applicant Checklist
  1. Educator application
  2. Resume, including professional experience/employment history and educational background
  3. Description of courses taught
  4. $30.00 USD non-refundable application fee
 
STUDENT MEMBERS
Student membership shall be open to a student in good standing of an accredited institution such as a technical school, design school, college or university, with studies concentrated in lighting design or related fields. Student membership is also open to all interns working in the field of lighting design. Student members are non-voting members of the Association.
 
The following items are necessary to process your IALD membership. Your application will not be reviewed until all documents have been received by the IALD headquarters office.

Student Grade Applicant Checklist
  1. Student application
  2. Copy or scan of current student identification or class schedule
  3. Signature or contact information of professor/supervisor to confirm student status
  4. $20 USD dues payable to IALD
 
AFFILIATES
Affiliate Membership shall be open to all individuals with an interest in architectural lighting design and/or the IALD community. This category is a non-voting category. Individuals granted affiliation through this category may not use the IALD designation or acronyms after their names, but may list their IALD Affiliation under "Professional Affiliations" on resumes, web sites, etc., as "Affiliate of the International Association of Lighting Designers."

The following items are necessary to process your IALD membership. Your application will not be reviewed until all items have been recieved by the IALD headquarters office.

Affiliate Grade Applicant Checklist
1) IALD affiliate application
2) $30.00 USD non-refundable application fee + annual dues as specified on the application.
 

 

FIND AN IALD MEMBER : SEARCH HELP

IALD’s Member Directory includes four search options:

  • Country and Membership Grade can be searched using the drop-down menus.
  • To search by City, simply type in the city you are interested in. The results will first list lighting designers located in that city. The search will then list any designer that has referenced that city in their profile or project list.
  • To search by keyword, type in any word or phrase of interest (example: designer’s name, company name, project name, zip code). The search will yield any profiles that include the keyword you’ve used, or will yield no results if your keyword is not found exactly as entered.

You can use one field or a combination of fields to locate the desired member. If you are having trouble with the search, or need further assistance, please contact IALD at membership@iald.org or by calling +1 312 527 3677.