Presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York

March 19–20, 2024
New York Hilton Midtown, New York City

2020 PANEL DISCUSSION: Lighting for Outdoor Pedestrian Spaces

PANEL DISCUSSION: Lighting for Outdoor Pedestrian Spaces

Tuesday, August 18
10:30am – 12:00pm

Outdoor Lighting

Credits: 1.5 AIA LU HSW

There is a new IES Lighting Practice document in town, with art, appearance, environment, reassurance, and comfort in its soul. This workshop will take you through the design recommendations that are unique to pedestrian areas in parks, civic squares, along waterways, in plazas, restaurants, areas around sports fields, and sculpture gardens. Focal points, color, safety, visibility of others, consideration for critters, minimizing intrusive light and skyglow — all these issues are covered in a practical yet poetic way. The members of the committee will guide you through the recommendations, illustrative photos, and supportive tables.

Attendees will:

  1. Be able to apply principles of design that support visibility and beauty, without making spaces spooky
  2. See illustrations of nighttime spaces that are creative and uplifting while still providing visibility
  3. Learn to design spaces that feel safe without over-lighting and wasted light
  4. Hear information about light levels, uniformity, and luminaire choices that enhance the space, not necessitating baseball caps to control the glare!


Shirley Coyle
VP Specification Sales, Cree Lighting

Shirley Coyle is with Cree Lighting, a market-leading innovator of LED luminaires. Shirley is Vice President of Specification Sales for North America, and has more than 30 years’ experience in the lighting industry. Lighting Certified since 2000, she is a Past President of the Illuminating Engineering Society(IES), where she spent 7 years on the Board of Directors. Shirley is also active on several IES committees, CSA committees, the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Visibility and a member of CIE.

Naomi Miller
Designer/Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Naomi Miller straddles the line between design and engineering at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Portland OR. By bridging the gap between technology and application, she promotes the wise use of LEDs, working with industry to overcome hurdles and celebrate the opportunities. She is currently serves on the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Board of Directors, and is both a Fellow of the IES and the IALD.

Nancy Clanton, PE, FIES, FIALD, LC, LEED Fellow
CEO, Clanton & Associates Engineering

Nancy Clanton is CEO of Clanton & Associates, a lighting design firm specializing in sustainable and regenerative design. Nancy is a registered Professional Engineer. Nancy is chair of the IES committee "Lighting for Outdoor Public Spaces". Nancy is a member of the National Academy of Science committee on the assessment of solid state lighting. Nancy is International Standards Organization (ISO) 205 WG 7,USA delegate. Nancy received the 2018 Edison Report Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014 ACEC Colorado Outstanding Woman Engineer Award and the International CleanDesign Award. Nancy is a member of the WellBuilding “Light” advisory group, has served on the USGBC LEED Environmental Quality Technical Advisory Group, was lighting group leader for Greening of the White House, led the lighting workshops for the C40 conference in Seoul, and was twice awarded the IES Presidential Award.

Randy Burkett
Lighting Designer, Randy Burkett Lighting Design, Inc.

Randy Burkett is the President and Design Principal of Randy Burkett Lighting Design, Inc. As Principal he establishes design direction and oversees the management of the firm’s projects. Since he began professional practice, he has been responsible for the lighting of numerous national and international commissions. His diverse portfolio comprises museums, retail malls and stores, corporate headquarters, offices, health care and laboratory facilities, urban parks, site developments and building exteriors. Before establishing his own firm in 1988, he was Director of Lighting Design at Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum.

Randy is an active member of the International Association of Lighting Designers and is a past President and former Board member of the organization. He is engaged in Illuminating Engineering Society Technical and Design committees including the Color Metric Task Force, Quality of the Visual Environment, and Lighting for Outdoor Public Spaces. He is a frequent speaker to professional organizations on a variety of lighting design subjects and has served as an instructor at the University of Colorado in Boulder and Maryville University in St. Louis. He is currently a member of the Adjunct Faculty of Washington University’s Graduate School of Architecture.