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ArchLIGHT Summit Adds Three New Members to Advisory Board

Rachel Fitzgerald and Jessica Kennedy, both of Stantec, and Jill Klores of Essential Light Design Studio join the Board.

The ArchLIGHT Summit Advisory Board, which consists of industry leaders who provide valuable perspectives for shaping the event and its educational programming, has announced the addition of three newly appointed members: Rachel Fitzgerald and Jessica Kennedy, both of Stantec, and Jill Klores of Essential Light Design Studio. ArchLIGHT Summit, the lighting trade event and educational platform for the architectural, specification, and design communities, takes place September 17-18 at Dallas Market Center.

ArchLight Summit - Jill Klores
Jill Klores

Jill Klores, senior lighting designer and founding partner of Essential Light Design Studio, brings over 30 years of lighting industry design experience within commercial, residential, and institutional projects. Klores has grown Essential Light Design Studio, based in Dallas, to eight employees, where she and her creative staff have won more than 40 awards for excellence in lighting design.

Archlight Summit - Rachel Fitzgerald
Rachel Fitzgerald

Rachel Fitzgerald is the discipline lead for lighting design and a principal with global design firm Stantec. Fitzgerald brings with her 20 years in lighting design and is an award-winning recipient, recognized for her highly sustainable and human-centric spaces. Along with being an ArchLIGHT Summit Advisory Board member, Fitzgerald also serves on the Board of Directors of the IALD and the IALD Education Trust, is involved with technical committees with the IES, and serves on the WELL light concept advisory.

Archlight Summit - Jessica Kennedy
Jessica Kennedy

Jessica Kennedy is the senior lighting designer at global design firm Stantec and has previous experience working in lighting consulting and electrical design build and a background in architectural engineering with a focus in architectural lighting and building electrical design. She is a Junior Associate in IALD and is a WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP.)

Klores, Fitzgerald, and Kennedy have joined the following existing members currently serving on the ArchLIGHT Summit Advisory Board:

  • Peter Augusta, vice president of sales, Casambi Technologies North America
  • Craig A. Bernecker, Ph.D., FIESNA, lc, founder, The Lighting Education Institute
  • Michelle Cruz, lighting specifier/spec sales, Putterman Scharck & Associates
  • Archit Jain, IALD, LEED AP, ISLE, principal, Oculus Light Studio
  • Kelly Roberts, LEED BD+C, IES, principal, Primary Arc Design
  • Shahad Sadeq, Assoc. AIA, executive director, AIA Springfield Chapter
  • Laura McDonald Stewart, FASID, RID, LEED AP, WELL AP, founder/owner, Laura McDonald Enterprises and PLiNTH & CHiNTZ
  • Jered E. Widmer, IALD, MIES, principal, Dallas Office, The Lighting Practice

Registration for ArchLIGHT will open in the Spring. Applications to exhibit or speak at the event, along with other show information, can be found at