Join Us for Our April Lunch and Learn:
Open Ceiling Design

with Kevin Leadford

Kevin Leadford

Kevin Leadford

Program Description

This presentation takes and in-depth look at lighting for modern open-ceiling applications. A number of trends are actively shaping the way we work, and architecture is responding. The implications to lighting are examined and important questions relative to conventional design methodology are raised.

A number of attributes are explored leading to more apt depictions of both quantity and quality of light. Alternative metrics and a new lighting layer for interpersonal collaboration are proposed. The presentation concludes with an example demonstrating the energy saving implications of the alternative approach.


11:30am-12:00pm - Networking
12:00pm-1:30pm - ”Open Ceiling Design”

Standard Insurance Building
Atrium Room
900 SW 5th Ave
Portland, OR 97204
The Atrium Room is on the upper lobby level at the top of the escalators

Kevin Leadford has a BS in Architectural Engineering with emphasis in Illumination from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  He has nearly three decades of luminaire design experience spanning all types of products for commercial, industrial and residential application.  Kevin has held a variety of positions at Acuity Brands Lighting including Vice President of Lighting Technology and Vice President of Innovation.  He holds more than 40 US patents and is recognized for having led the conception and development of ABL’s VisualTM Lighting Design Software.  Kevin has served on the IESNA testing procedures and papers committees, and co-chaired the SPIE’s international conference on solid state lighting. 

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Member Volunteer Opportunity 


EP Mentorship Program

The IES Portland Section is looking for volunteers to help mentor emerging professional and student members in the ways of the IES and our industry at large.

Looking for an exciting opportunity to give back to your friendly neighborhood lighting organization? Want to help integrate new talent into our industry?? 

Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • Availability to meet, in person, with an EP or student mentee quarterly, lunch or coffee is great!

  • Mid to senior level professionals in good standing, a least 5 years in IES and related industry is highly desired.

 Architectural lighting to energy efficiency, sales to construction we’re excited for potential opportunities for mentors and EPs to cross-pollinate between these facets of our field!

Please contact us at for more details.  

Thank you for providing rooms at the Standard Insurance Building for IES events!

Thank you for providing rooms at the Standard Insurance Building for IES events!


The JC Garber Grant provides an opportunity for students to develop lighting design skills through a design competition  and further their knowledge by working with a professional in the lighting field.