In 1969, a group of lighting designers met dinner at Luchow's restaurant on 14th Street in New York City. They created a five-person committee to address the following items: What is the profession of lighting design? How does one define a professional lighting designer? And what might be the goals of an association of professional lighting designers? With that, the seeds of the IALD were planted. Read the full story at our sister lighting publication Architectural Lighting.