Declaration of the Official Establishment of the Architectural Lighting Design Profession

Adopted and proclaimed by the plenary session of the
Professional Lighting Design Convention, in London, UK, on October 27, 2007
On October 27, 2007 the plenary session of the PLDC (the Professional Lighting Design
Convention) adopted and proclaimed the Declaration of the Official Establishment of the
Architectural Lighting Design Profession, the full contents of which appears in the following text.
Following this historic act, the plenary session calls upon all lighting and lighting related
associations, organizations and publications to publicize the text of the Declaration and to “cause it
to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded in international, national and local government
circles, in all official educational authorities, in schools of various design, architectural and
engineering disciplines and among the memberships of the same associations and organizations.
Preamble
Whereas the special qualities, knowledge, know-how, expertise and experience constitute the
foundation of the profession; Whereas the understanding of light, lighting, its tools, its control and
manipulation have become very complex and multifaceted; Whereas the impact of light on human
beings is known today to have many more ramifications than just the visual/perceptual one, intricate
as that alone may be; Whereas the responsibilities of those dealing with designing and specifying
lighting for the human environment have become very significant; Therefore, the Plenary Session of
the Professional Lighting Design Convention proclaims the Declaration of the Official Establishment
of the Architectural Lighting Design Profession a fact to be officialised by individual governments
and by all international bodies dealing with the recognition of professions and independent
disciplines.
Article 1 Lighting Design is the art and science of lighting the human environment. Lighting
Designers are the professionals who have the ability to apply that art and science to projects thus
helping these to successful conclusions.
Article 2 Lighting Design is a profession and a discipline distinct from all others in the fields
of Architecture, Interior design, Landscape design, Urban design as well as Electrical engineering.
Article 3 Lighting designers are part of the Design chain of an architectural project. They
cooperate and coordinate their work with all other relevant disciplines on a same project to ensure
its holistic success.
Article 4 Lighting designers are responsible for the design of part of the human environment
and in extension, responsible for the appearance of their design and of its impact on the design of
others, the well-being of people using the designed spaces, their appropriate feeling in it, their
efficiency in carrying-out the visual tasks, their safety and security, all of these within the limitations
of the influence of the designed lighting on the space and its users or on the lit objects and their
viewers.
Article 5 Lighting designers are accountable for the sustainability of their design.
Article 6 Lighting designers are not part of the chain of supply of a project. Nevertheless,
they have a very strong link to it. Lighting designers cooperate with the different players in that
chain, manufacturers, contractors, agents, representatives and installers within the strict limitations
of their code of ethics, for the benefit of the the end-user, the client, and the project as a whole.
Article 7 Lighting Design has all attributes required for its official recognition: It is taught at
academic level, it has a critical mass of practicing professionals, it has its codes of deontology and
professional practice.

Adopted and proclaimed by the plenary session of theProfessional Lighting Design Convention, in London, UK, on October 27, 2007On October 27, 2007 the plenary session of the PLDC (the Professional Lighting DesignConvention) adopted and proclaimed the Declaration of the Official Establishment of theArchitectural Lighting Design Profession, the full contents of which appears in the following text.Following this historic act, the plenary session calls upon all lighting and lighting relatedassociations, organizations and publications to publicize the text of the Declaration and to “cause itto be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded in international, national and local governmentcircles, in all official educational authorities, in schools of various design, architectural andengineering disciplines and among the memberships of the same associations and organizations.PreambleWhereas the special qualities, knowledge, know-how, expertise and experience constitute thefoundation of the profession; Whereas the understanding of light, lighting, its tools, its control andmanipulation have become very complex and multifaceted; Whereas the impact of light on humanbeings is known today to have many more ramifications than just the visual/perceptual one, intricateas that alone may be; Whereas the responsibilities of those dealing with designing and specifyinglighting for the human environment have become very significant; Therefore, the Plenary Session ofthe Professional Lighting Design Convention proclaims the Declaration of the Official Establishmentof the Architectural Lighting Design Profession a fact to be officialised by individual governmentsand by all international bodies dealing with the recognition of professions and independentdisciplines.Article 1 Lighting Design is the art and science of lighting the human environment. LightingDesigners are the professionals who have the ability to apply that art and science to projects thushelping these to successful conclusions.Article 2 Lighting Design is a profession and a discipline distinct from all others in the fieldsof Architecture, Interior design, Landscape design, Urban design as well as Electrical engineering.Article 3 Lighting designers are part of the Design chain of an architectural project. Theycooperate and coordinate their work with all other relevant disciplines on a same project to ensureits holistic success.Article 4 Lighting designers are responsible for the design of part of the human environmentand in extension, responsible for the appearance of their design and of its impact on the design ofothers, the well-being of people using the designed spaces, their appropriate feeling in it, theirefficiency in carrying-out the visual tasks, their safety and security, all of these within the limitationsof the influence of the designed lighting on the space and its users or on the lit objects and theirviewers.Article 5 Lighting designers are accountable for the sustainability of their design.Article 6 Lighting designers are not part of the chain of supply of a project. Nevertheless,they have a very strong link to it. Lighting designers cooperate with the different players in thatchain, manufacturers, contractors, agents, representatives and installers within the strict limitationsof their code of ethics, for the benefit of the the end-user, the client, and the project as a whole.Article 7 Lighting Design has all attributes required for its official recognition: It is taught atacademic level, it has a critical mass of practicing professionals, it has its codes of deontology andprofessional practice.