Presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York

March 12-13, 2019

New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019

2019 Rethinking The Ceiling

Rethinking The Ceiling: A Lighting Perspective

Clara Powell, Cooledge Lighting

Wednesday, March 13
11:30am – 12:30pm
Room: Nassau East
Credits: 1 AIA LU


This session poses the question: instead of being one of the final components added to the ceiling, what if lighting was the base element around which all other parts were added? Explore how the intersection of layered lighting, tunable color, acoustics, controls, integration, and human factors will revolutionize the way spaces are illuminated and the subjective experiences that can be created. What are the characteristics of integrated ceiling illumination systems? What benefits will they bring? Who will be responsible for specifying them? Where will the revolution start? And where will it end?


Clara Powell, Cooledge Lighting
With over 25 years of experience in architectural lighting and LED solutions, Clara Powell is currently focused on delivering innovative integrated lighting solutions, specifically luminous surfaces, that expand lighting horizons from a world of points and lines to one of luminous planes. At Cooledge Lighting she has spent her time working collaboratively with the local architectural and design community to both drive sales for the company and to educate designers on the benefits of using luminous surfaces for primary illumination applications.

Clara has deep connections to the New York lighting market with a history of introducing new products, technologies and ideas in a variety of roles for prominent lighting manufacturers. Prior to joining Cooledge Lighting, Clara held management roles in both strategic marketing and national sales for established lighting manufacturers as well as cutting-edge start-ups and has led teams driving LED transformations in the architectural lighting market.

Clara began her career as a lighting designer working for renowned firms in New York City. She holds a Master’s Degree of Interior Design from Pratt Institute, receiving a Richard Kelly Grant for her thesis, is a past two-term president of the IES New York Section and currently serves as the IESNYC Lumen Awards Co-Chair.