Increasing European lighting resources and competitiveness


The view below displays some of the most important transnational lighting institutions and organizations.


Professional Lighting Designer Association, PLDA

  • The Professional Lighting Designers’ Association PLDA was originally founded as the European Lighting Designers’ Association ELDA+, and is a voluntary federation of lighting designers and lighting consultants who are active on an international scale, their purpose being to increase the reputation of the profession and to establish the profession as such in its own right. Membership is centred on the professional architectural lighting designer. PLDA believes that education is the key to establishing lighting design as a serious profession. The association thus dedicates a large portion of its time to the organization and support of education programmes at university level.
  • Contact: Thomas Braedikow, Managing Director, +49 5241 9645901

 International Association of Lighting Designers, IALD

  • Founded in 1969 and based in Chicago, Illinois, USA, the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) is an internationally recognized organization dedicated solely to the concerns of independent, professional lighting designers. The IALD strives to set the global standard for lighting design excellence by promoting the advancement and recognition of professional lighting designers. The over 700 lighting designers around the world who are members of the IALD hold a position of distinction and authority in the lighting design profession.
  • Contact: IALD +1 312 527 3677,

PLASA – Professional Lighting and Sound Association

  • PLASA is the lead international membership body for those who supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries. As a pro-active trade association, it looks after the interests of its members and seeks to influence business practices and skills development across the industry. PLASA owns and manages the PLASA Show and PLASA Focus events and publishes leading industry magazines Lighting&Sound America, Lighting&Sound International and Protocol. PLASA has a worldwide membership of over 1240 companies and individuals and operates from offices in Europe and North America.
  • Contact: European Office: +44 (0)1323 524120, North American Office: +1 212 244 1505,