Wednesday, November 6, 6:00pm

TWA Terminal and Hotel
: Saarinen's Masterpiece Revived
Don't miss the opportunity to tour the new TWA Hotel with lighting designers from One Lux Studio and Cooley Monato Studio.

Details and registration below

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Above the Boardwalk
Ocean Wonders: Sharks! at the NY Aquarium

Join the DLFNY for an exciting evening on the beach where Focus Lighting will discuss their design for the New York Aquarium's breathtaking new building, "Ocean Wonders: Sharks!" Designed to spread the important message of ocean conservation, the exhibit comprises a 57,000 sf, 3-story building on the Coney Island Boardwalk which immerses visitors in a deep dive through the ocean.

The interior tour will explore unique lighting methods used to mimic various underwater environments as the exhibit travels deeper below the surface, and will culminate out on the boardwalk, where Focus Lighting will present the Lumen Award winning Shimmer Wall, a 1,000 ft long installation by environmental artist Ned Khan, illuminated with a custom designed colored light show at night.

Above photos: Ryan Fischer-Focus Lighting

Credit: Wildlife Conservation Society


Date Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Christine Hope, Principal Designer, Focus Lighting
Brett Anderson, Principal Designer, Focus Lighting


Cocktails and Hors d'ouvres: 6:00pm
Tour and Talk will follow

(Make sure you allow time to get to Coney Island)


New York Aquarium, Ocean Wonders: Sharks!
602 Surf Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11224


DLF members & students - $20
Non-members - $35
Registration deadline October 13.

Space is limited.

Register here

Wednesday, November 6, 6:00pm

TWA Terminal and Hotel
: Saarinen's Masterpiece Revived

Join the DLFNY and IESNYC for an exciting evening.

Eero Saarinen’s 1962 TWA Flight Center at JFK, which epitomized the Jet Age, and lay vacant since 2001, reopened to the public on May 15, 2019 as the highly anticipated TWA Hotel at JFK International Airport. Beyer Blinder Belle (BBB) played a central role in creating a second life for the historic building and as project and preservation architect, restored and transformed the structure for MCR Development. One Lux Studio designed the lighting for what was the Flight Center and is now the hotel's reception space in addition to the building exteriors, being faithful to preserving Saarinen’s design, while using updated fixtures. Flanking the terminal are the hotel’s two new wings, designed by Lubrano Ciavarra with Stonehill Taylor providing the interior design for the guest rooms and lobbies. Below grade is a conference center, designed by INC Architecture & Design, that contains a a banquet hall and multiple meeting rooms.

Cooley Monato Studio designed the lighting for both the hotel and the event spaces, keeping the spirit of ’60 alive for our modern age. The lighting designers from One Lux and Cooley Monato Studio will take the guests of the IESNYC and DLFNY on a tour of the restored and new spaces of one of New York’s iconic and much beloved buildings demonstrating how lighting contributed to this significant project.

Photo by David Mitchell

Date Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Jack Bailey - Partner, One Lux Studio
Rob Merow - Associate, One Lux Studio
Emily Monato - Founding Principal, Cooley Monato Studio
Andressa Lopes - Principal, Cooley Monato Studio


Cocktails and Refreshments to be held in the 1962 Ballroom: 6PM to 7PM
Site Tour: 7PM - 9PM


TWA Terminal and Hotel
(Meet at the 1962 Ballroom)
One Idlewild Drive
JFK Airport
Jamaica, NY 11430

Shuttle bus to tour site: Leaves at 5PM.
Pickup location: 620 Atlantic Ave. (Barclay Center Stadium, cross street - Flatbush Ave.)

The Terminal is accessible via subway (Jamaica or Howard Beach stations) to the Airtrain. Exit at the Terminal 5 (JetBlue) stop, go up the escalator and follow the signs to JetBlue Terminal 5. In Terminal 5, take the escalator down to the baggage claim area. On the far right, you'll see an elevator for the TWA Hotel. Take the elevator up to the hotel. Once out of the elevator, follow the red carpeted flight tube to the hotel lobby. Turn right immediately after exiting the flight tube and follow the ramp down and to the left to reach the check-in area.

If you're driving:
The TWA Hotel at JFK Airport is located at One Idlewild Drive, Jamaica, New York 11430-1962. Upon entering the airport, proceed toward Terminal 5 and follow the traffic signs to our main entrance. If you’re taking a ride-sharing service, type TWA Hotel into the app. Valet parking is available for $10 (up to 30 minutes), $20 (up to one hour), $30 (up to two hours), and $48 (daily maximum charge for overnight stays when you collect your car by 11 am). Self parking is also available in JFK's yellow lot between Terminals 5 and 6.

Click here for further directions.


DLFNY & IESNYC members & students - $20
Non-members - $20
Registration deadline

Space is limited.

Register here

At Parsons:

October 14, 2019, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tripping the Light Fantastic: Danielle Feinberg on Realistic Lighting for Animation

Danielle Feinberg began her career at Pixar Animation Studios in 1997 on the feature film A Bug’s Life. She quickly discovered her love for lighting and went on to light many of Pixar’s feature films including Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., the Academy Award-winning Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille. Feinberg was the director of photography for lighting on Pixar’s Academy Award-winning films WALL-E and Brave and more recently Pixar’s film, Coco. Using a variety of popular animated movies, Danielle will present how realistic lighting was introduced to the animation process to create the magical experiences we’ve grown to love through animated films.

More info and registration

Save the Date

Thursday, December 5th, 6:00pm
The Annual DLFNY Holiday Party

The DLFNY is a charter member of the Parsons Lighting Design Partners program.

2016 Recipient of the IFDA/NY Award for Excellence in Education

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