Light + Justice in practice

  • March 22, 2022
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The IES Boston section invites you to a presentation that will be an exploration of the intersection of lighting with environmental justice, by acknowledging just and unjust lighting practices, and empowering community-based lighting design. The audience will be challenged on their assumptions of who deserves “good” lighting and beneficial darkness through historical precedent and case studies. Attendees will leave empowered to disrupt the hierarchy of design expertise to include the “citizen” designer in the equation.

March 22nd 6:00pm – 7:30pm

This is a virtual event. Zoom information provided upon registration.

Registration closes at 4pm on March 22nd

Learning Objectives

1. Describe how quality is a signifier of power, status, & privilege, and how it is often denied to impoverished communities.

2. Analyze how lighting has historically been used unjustly for surveillance, policing, & community control, and describe how over lighting is an environmental justice issue.

3. Empower communities to embrace citizen-based practices to overcome lighting inequities, and education clients, colleagues and the public on how lighting design can be linked to community advocacy and the creation of educational tools

4. Prioritize lighting revitalization for under-resourced communities as a positive public investment.



Edward Bartholomew, IALD, LC, LEED AP, IES

Bartholomew | Lighting

Edward Bartholomew is the principal of Bartholomew Lighting, a Black-owned design consultancy based in Cambridge, MA. He has more than thirty years of experience designing sustainable, inspiring, and award-winning architectural lighting systems.

Edward is an invited speaker on lighting technology, energy efficiency strategies, and social justice at regional, national, and international conferences. In addition, Edward co-teaches lighting at Morgan State University, and Rhode Island School of Design.

Edward has an MFA in Architectural Lighting Design (1995) from Parsons School of Design. He is a professional member of the International Association of Lighting Designers and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Edward serves on the IES Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Respect (DIER) committee, and the DLC Industry Advisory Council. In addition, Edward is a founding member of Black Underrepresentation In Lighting & Design (BUILD up) and the recently formed, -a lighting social justice resource & forum.


Glenn Shrum

Flux Studio

Glenn Shrum transitioned from architecture to lighting to pursue the creative opportunity of light’s profound effect on space and people. He has presented a variety of topics to local, regional, and international groups including events in Turkey, Brazil, Spain, France, Colombia, Mexico, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Canada, and throughout the USA. He maintains a dual professional identity as Associate Professor of Lighting Design and Interdisciplinary Practice at Parsons School of Design in New York City and founding principal of Flux Studio.

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