Eunice Noell-Waggoner Receives Distinguished Service Award
Portland interior and lighting designer Eunice Noell-Waggoner has been selected as the 2012-1013 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA*). The prestigious award was presented in October at the Society's Annual Conference in Huntington Beach, CA.
As the founding Chair of the Lighting for the Aged and Partially Sighted Committee of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, she directed the development of a Recommended Design Practice: "Lighting and the Visual Environment for Senior Living." She also wrote the guide "Lighting Your Way to Better Vision" to inform the general public about practical lighting solutions for people as they age.
Now internationally recognized as an expert in lighting to compensate for the aging eye, she has presented at numerous conferences on aging, design and lighting, and authored numerous articles published in design magazines and health journals.
President of the Center of Design for an Aging Society, Eunice has practiced interior architectural design for over 30 years. Her current work through the Center involves developing and coordinating demonstration projects to raise awareness of age-related issues that directly impact the day-to-day quality of life. She began to draw attention to the importance of lighting for older people in Oregon more than 20 years ago, and has carried the message forward through the Illuminating Engineering Society, American Institute of Architects Design for Aging Centers' Steering Committee, and the Design for Low Vision Committee of the National Institute of Building Sciences. Her work has resulted in appropriate lighting being accepted as the industry standard and incorporated into building codes.
Her interest extends beyond light for vision and includes the need for exposure to natural light. Older people also need to go outdoors to experience the benefits of daylight to improve their sleep, mood and alertness, as well as bone health. So when the opportunity to create the Portland Memory Garden arose, she joined the team, helping to ensure that it was designed to meet the needs of those with physical and mental disabilities, especially for those with Alzheimer's disease and age-related disabilities. The garden is located within Ed Benedict Park on SE 104th Street, just off of Powell Boulevard.