The Atlanta Section has an active calendar that includes various educational courses as well as multiple opportunities to network and socialize with industry peers. To keep abreast with our upcoming events follow the calendar below.

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How Healthy Can A Building Really Be? LEED vs WELL @ ASHRAE Atlanta Headquarters
Mar 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

IES Atlanta invites you to join us Tuesday, March 26th for a seminar discussing the relationships and differences between the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Standard and the WELL Building Standard with Jason Hong, who is Southern Regional Manager of Architectural Products with Eaton.

The presentation will detail each individual Standard, compare the scoring systems for each and discuss how specifiers can identify and apply the most appropriate Standard for his or her project. This presentation qualifies for 1hr LEU specific to lighting education but does not offer AIA LU accreditation.

Networking starts at 5:30PM followed by the seminar from 6-7PM. A light dinner & refreshments will be provided. Cost for the event is $20 for IES Members or $25 for non-Members.

State Farm Arena Guided Tour with Hilary Wainer @ State Farm Arena
Apr 9 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

IES Atlanta invites you to join us Tuesday, April 9th for a tour State Farm Arena at 6PM. Lighting Designer, Hilary Wainer, of Lux et Veritas, will be our tour guide for the evening. 

Cost (please note this is different than our normal meetings): 

  • $10 at the door

Please arrive a few minutes early to pay on-site.

Additional Details:

Guests should enter at CNN Center/Gate 1.

A discounted parking rate of $10 will be available at Centennial Sapphire Deck – 30 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Tour Guide Bio and Tour Content:

Hilary Wainer is the Founding Principal of Atlanta based Lux et Veritas Lighting Design and was the lead designer on the State Farm Arena project.  Hilary has focused her career on luxury hospitality venues, spas, restaurants and convention centers worldwide for over a decade.  She has over 150 hotels in her portfolio in a dozen countries around the globe. She has additionally collaborated on numerous other project types such as aquariums, museums, airports, mixed-use developments and retail.  Ms. Wainer is an Associate Member of both the International Association of Lighting Designers and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. In addition, she is both a Lighting Certified Professional and a LEED Accredited Professional for Building Design and Construction.

Hilary will be leading us on a tour of the following areas – arena floor, locker rooms, west,  east and north club, Atlanta Social, main concourse, Zach Brown suite and typical suites.

HJIA Central Passenger Modernization @ ASHRAE
May 14 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

IES Atlanta invites you to join us Tuesday, May 14th for a panel discussion with the lighting design team that is modernizing the Central Passenger Terminal Complex (CPTC) at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Networking starts at 5:30PM followed by the discussion from 6-7PM. A light dinner & refreshments will be provided. Cost for the event is $20 for IES Members or $25 for non-Members.


The directive from the Atlanta Department of Aviation called for a modernization of the interior appearance for the concourse areas to bring them out of the 20th Century and into the 21st. The existing spaces had few windows, and large areas of yellowed fluorescent lights, making for a very bleak space for the weary traveler. An integral part of the design included the installation of floor to ceiling windows to allow natural daylight to “open” the space so it becomes inviting. The airport authority called for the use of energy efficient LED light fixtures to help, not only energy savings, but in reduced maintenance costs. These new light fixtures replaced the existing recessed 2X2 fluorescent fixtures last upgraded almost 30 years earlier. In redefining the interior architecture of the airline hold rooms and terminal corridors, we feature a ceiling design that refines and expands the passenger experience. The ceiling and custom lighting throughout the holdrooms and corridors are thoughtfully designed as a whole system, focused on flexibility, detailing, control, technological integration, sustainability and a little bit of artistry. This large project involved coordinating with a large team of architects, engineers, and contractors, partnering with manufacturers and working with major client and user groups including Delta AirLines, Southwest, the Department of Aviation and the City of Atlanta.


Tyler Cline is a Vice President at HKS Inc. in Atlanta, GA with 15+ years of experience. Since graduating from Clemson University, he has engaged in projects both locally and around the world spanning multiple sectors and sizes. Particular experience in Aviation, Retail, Commercial/Office, Mixed-Use, Higher Ed, Multi-Family, and Hospitality sectors round out a diverse portfolio. This broad project experience on work ranging from 15,000 to 1.5M sf, has prepared him for the unique challenges of the large overall scope, but small passenger spaces, that were modernized at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.


Katie Trice is Associate Principal at Fitzgerald Collaborative, a multi-disciplinary design firm in Atlanta. Her background and education in both Architecture and Interior Design has enabled her to develop a vast portfolio of projects over her 15-year career, including Corporate, Higher Education, Healthcare, Retail, Hospitality, Civil and Aviation. As head of the Interiors Studio, she has been lead designer on more than 600,000 s.f. Most recently, she has been leading the firm’s efforts to modernize the interior architecture of the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport.


Morris Gosa is Lighting Designer and Project Manager for Thompson-Ehle Company, a multi-disciplined engineering design team with offices in Atlanta and Houston. Morris has been in the lighting industry for over 30 years lighting both indoor and outdoor spaces for business and pleasure times. He has worked in the hospitality industry designing over 30 hotels, motels, and convention centers all over the country and the Caribbean. He is manager of other projects as well at the airport including a maintenance facility, K-Nine facility and 2 Fire Stations. Morris was last President of the Atlanta Section of the IESNA.

2019 LIGHTFAIR International @ Pennsylvania Convention Center Philadelphia, PA USA
May 19 – May 23 all-day
2019 LIGHTFAIR International @ Pennsylvania Convention Center Philadelphia, PA USA

The connected future is yours to discover here: LIGHTFAIR® International 2019. The lighting and design industry’s source for all that is new and next. Where brilliant solutions in lighting, connectivity, design and integration will unfold in a synergy of light in life. In the unsurpassed resources of the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting event.

IES 2019 Annual Conference @ Omni Louisville Hotel
Aug 8 – Aug 10 all-day
IES 2019 Annual Conference @ Omni Louisville Hotel

The Illuminating Engineering Society’s Annual Conference August 8-10, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky provides a range of educational programming—including workshops, seminars, immersive experiences, tours, networking, and paper and poster presentations—on the art, design, science, and research of lighting relevant to lighting professionals, educators, and related design disciplines. As always, professional education is paramount, with a broad selection of CEU credits available through participation at the conference.

The 2019 Annual Conference will endeavor to bring experiences, education, networking and inspiration together to foster personal and career growth.

We encourage you to make your Annual Conference 2019 hotel and air travel reservations as early as possible in order to take advantage of competitive fares. Room Block closes July 15, 2019.


The conference begins Thursday evening August 8 — Opening Night — with the Illumination Awards Gala, followed by two exciting days of accredited educational programs, networking, skill sharpening, product demonstrations and time to relax and enjoy the camaraderie of your peers, catch up with old friends and meet new people.


The theme for the 2019 IES Annual Conference is Light.Affect / Light.Effect. This expansive theme relates to numerous aspects of how light and darkness affect our vision, health, behavior and experience. The objective of the conference is to provide educational sessions and experiences relevant to the audience of lighting professionals, academics, and peripheral design disciplines. This year’s theme is bringing focus to the powerful interrelationships between light affects and light effects. In addition, the Conference program will also consist of technical papers and posters on a wide range of lighting-related topics.

IEEE-IAS Atlanta & IES Atlanta Sections Co-Sponsored Golf Tournament @ The Heritage Golf Links
Sep 17 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
IEEE-IAS Atlanta & IES Atlanta Sections Co-Sponsored Golf Tournament @ The Heritage Golf Links

When: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 9:30AM Shotgun Start
Where: The Heritage Golf Links 4445 Britt Rd. Tucker, GA 770-493-4653
Cost: $125.00 per person Limited to 120 golfers
Includes, green fees, cart, range balls, lunch and gift bag.

Registration will be from 8:00 to 9:00.
Free range balls to warm up.

There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place as well as Skills Challenges for Longest Drive, and Closest to the Pin. There will also be mulligans for sale that add to your chances of winning a raffle prize.

We also welcome any donations of door prizes, raffle prizes or items for the gift bags.
It is acceptable for these items to have manufacturer names on the donated items.

Please fill out registration form and RSVP by Sept. 10, 2019
Send email to with registration form if you would like to be sent back an invoice and pay on-line with a credit card.

There are also sponsorships available:

  • Co-Sponsor the Sit Down BBQ Lunch After Play($300; max 3 sponsors)
    Special Acknowledgement at the start of play, before prize giveaway, on Large Sponsorship Sign and on website.
  • Sponsor a Skills Challenge ($250 each)-Sign Placed at Tee Box
    Special Acknowledgement at prize giveaway, on Large Sponsorship Sign and on website.
    This sponsorship amount can be reduced if a suitable prize is donated for the challenge award.
  • Sponsor a Hole ($200 each)-Sign Placed at Tee Box
    Special Acknowledgement at prize giveaway, on Large Sponsorship Sign and on website.

GOLD Level Tournament Sponsorship ($600 each) includes a hole sponsorship and (4) reserved paid spots for golfers.

IES Street and Area Lighting Conference @ Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
Sep 22 – Sep 25 all-day
IES Street and Area Lighting Conference @ Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina


The IES Street & Area Lighting Conference is the only conference of its kind dedicated to improving the outdoor lighting business of electric utilities and energy service companies. We continue to provide an open forum for end -users facing the same questions regarding relevant products for specific application, lighting controls, benchmarks from other users in the lighting community, and milestones reached by municipalities, utilities and DOT’s. We strive to maintain a small community feel, creating a great opportunity to network with industry peers through seminars with speaker Q+A, breakout sessions to discuss issues in-depth, an exhibit hall and many networking events with speakers and peers in a comfortable and open atmosphere.

We encourage you to make your IES Street and Area Lighting Conference 2019 hotel and air travel reservations as early as possible in order to take advantage of competitive fares. Room Block closes August 29, 2019.


Our attendee base, over 900 and growing, includes managers, technical and marketing specialists, lighting consultants and engineers from electric utilities, municipalities, cooperatives, energy service companies and manufacturers. These outdoor lighting professionals come from across the country and the industry. All are vitally interested in learning about products and services and include decision-makers from investor-owned regulated electric utilities, unregulated marketing affiliates, cooperatives, municipal utilities and independent contractors and consultants.

Wireless Is More 2.0 @ ASHRAE
Oct 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

IES Atlanta invites you to join us Tuesday, October 8th for Wireless is More 2.0. A seminar discussing how wireless technology is gaining popularity in building controls with Mark Lane, who is the Product Manager for nLight Air with Acuity Brands. 

This presentation is registered with AIA or IDCEC for CEU(s). Certificates will be provided, upon request, after the event. 

Networking starts at 5:30PM followed by the discussion from 6-7PM.  A light dinner & refreshments will be provided.  Cost for the event is $20 for IES Members or $25 for non-Members.  


Wireless technology is gaining popularity in building controls. In the backdrop of changing design trends and tightening building codes, it is important to:

  • understand the fundamentals of wireless technology
  • explore the potential risks of promoting wireless
  • reconcile the reward of wireless control benefits.

In this course you will learn the important qualifiers of a robust wireless controls solution that will ensure a successful installation.​


Mark Lane is a graduate of Penn State with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He started his career at GE in one of their Leadership Programs and has held positions in operations, applications engineering, product management and program management at various electro-mechanical companies over the years. Prior to joining Acuity Brands, Mark was Program and Product Develop Manager at Ametek’s Thermal Management Systems Division. He has currently worked at Acuity Brands for 4 years and held a variety of Product Management roles including: Commercial Outdoor, ROAM in Outdoor Controls, and nLight AIR in Controls/Digital Lighting Networks (Current).

Atlanta Airport Canopy Lighting & Controls @ Hudson Grille Midtown
Nov 12 @ 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm

IES Atlanta invites you to join us on Tuesday, November 12th for a presentation and demonstration discussing the Atlanta Airport Canopy Lighting & Controls with Tom Kaczkowski, Principal and Director of Lighting Design at HOK.

A light dinner & refreshments will be provided. A cash bar will also be available. The cost for the event is $20 for IES Members or $25 for non-Members.  

  • 5:30 to 6 PM Networking
  • 6 to 7 PM Presentation and Q&A
  • 7 PM for those wishing to see the project live we will travel as a group to the MARTA Station around the corner, take the train down to the airport and experience the canopies firsthand! *MARTA tickets are not covered by the IES. 

Presenter Bio:
As Director of Lighting Design, Tom strives to create lighting solutions carefully tailored to provide the most appropriate visual environment for the client’s specific tasks, activities, and budget. Integrated interior and exterior lighting design solutions balance the art and science of ever-changing lighting technology. Tom’s lighting design solutions are architecturally appropriate while maximizing energy efficiency and sensitivity to long-term maintenance issues.

Tom joined HOK in 1987 and has been involved in a wide variety of project types including corporate headquarters, healthcare facilities, judicial facilities, renovation, aviation, convention centers, floodlighting of historic landmarks and streetscape (district) lighting planning/urban plaza lighting.

IES Atlanta Annual Holiday Bowling Event @ Comet Pub & Lanes
Dec 10 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

IES Atlanta invites you to join us on Tuesday, December 10th for our annual Holiday Bowling Event!

Pizza, Salad & Refreshments will be provided. We have a few corporate sponsors covering the cost of the event so bring a lighting professional and enjoy the fun.

5:30 to 6 PM Networking
6 to 8 for food and bowling
8-8:30 Holiday Wishes