Dallas Market Center’s ArchLIGHT Summit Adds Three New Prominent Members to Advisory Board

DALLAS – March 8, 2024 - The ArchLIGHT Summit Advisory Board, which consists of distinguished industry leaders who provide valuable perspectives for shaping this groundbreaking event and its educational programming, has announced the addition of three newly appointed members, Rachel Fitzgerald and Jessica Kennedy, both of Stantec and Jill Klores of Essential Light Design Studio. ArchLIGHT Summit, the lighting trade event and educational platform for the architectural, specification, and design communities, takes place September 17-18 at Dallas Market Center.

Jill Klores, Senior Lighting Designer and founding partner of Essential Light Design Studio, brings over 30 years of lighting industry design experience within commercial, residential, and institutional projects. Jill has grown Essential Light Design Studio, based in Dallas, to eight employees, where she and her creative staff have won more than 40 awards for excellence in lighting design.

Rachel Fitzgerald is the Discipline Lead for lighting design and a principal with global design firm Stantec. Rachel brings with her 20 years in lighting design and is an award-winning recipient, recognized for her highly sustainable and human-centric spaces. Along with being an ArchLIGHT Summit Advisory Board member, Rachel also serves on the Board of Directors of the IALD and the IALD Education Trust, is involved with technical committees with the IES, and serves on the WELL light concept advisory.

Jessica Kennedy is the Senior Lighting Designer at global design firm Stantec and has previous experience working in lighting consulting and electrical design build and a background in Architectural Engineering with a focus in architectural lighting and building electrical design. She is a Junior Associate in IALD and is a WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP.)

Jill Klores, Rachel Fitzgeral, and Jessica Kennedy have joined the following existing members currently serving on the ArchLIGHT Summit Advisory Board:

    • - Peter Augusta, Vice President of Sales, Casambi Technologies North America
    • - Craig A. Bernecker, Ph.D., FIESNA, lc, Founder, The Lighting Education Institute
    • - Michelle Cruz, Lighting Specifier/Spec Sales, Putterman Scharck & Associates
    • - Archit Jain, IALD, LEED® AP, ISLE, Principal, Oculus Light Studio
    • - Kelly Roberts, LEED® BD+C, IES, Principal, Primary Arc Design
    • - Shahad Sadeq, Assoc. AIA, Executive Director, AIA Springfield Chapter
    • - Laura McDonald Stewart, FASID, RID, LEED® AP, WELL AP,  Founder/Owner, Laura McDonald Enterprises and PLiNTH & CHiNTZ
    • - Jered E. Widmer, IALD, MIES, Principal, Dallas Office, The Lighting Practice

Registration for ArchLIGHT will open in the Spring. Applications to exhibit or speak at the event, along with other show information,can be found at www.ArchLIGHTSummit.com. Follow ArchLIGHT Summit on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn for the latest developments and information.

For information on Dallas Market Center, visit our website. In addition to hosting ArchLIGHT Summit, Dallas Market Center hosts Lightovation, the largest residential lighting show in North America. The next edition will take place June 19-22, 2024. Keep up-to-date on information about that event by following the Lightovation Facebook page and joining the Lightovation – Lighting Industry Discussion Group.

About Dallas Market Center

Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America connecting retailers, interior designers, architects, and specifiers with top manufacturers in lighting, home décor, furniture, gifts, and fashion. Inside its dynamic, five million square foot campus, nearly 200,000 customers from all 50 states and 85 countries seek industry trends, business education and new products from exhibitors throughout the year via dominant trade events for gift, home décor, holiday and floral; the nation’s most comprehensive apparel and accessories markets featuring the latest styles from East Coast and West Coast designers; the largest residential lighting trade event in North America; a new lighting event, ArchLIGHT Summit, for architects, specifiers, and designers; and the largest and most successful open-daily design center. The marketplace is located in the strongest economic zone in the country. In addition, more than 80 percent of Dallas Market Center buyers report that they do not shop other market centers. To make plans for upcoming markets, visit the Dallas Market Center website and download the Dallas Market Center and Lightovation Apps. Also, keep up-to-date on all information by visiting Dallas Market Center and ArchLIGHT Summit on social media.