Institution of Lighting Professionals and International Nighttime Design Initiative announce friendship agreement

Commencing on 16 May 2020, the International Day of Light, the two associations announced they would work in a spirit of collaboration on their mutual aims regarding urban nighttime issues: lighting and design knowledge sharing, advocacy and education and Continuous Professional Development.

The International Nighttime Design Initiative (NTD) and Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP) have plans to bring together experts in lighting and nighttime design to further their work and lead to outcomes which benefit the public.

The first activities developed as a result of the friendship agreement will include a round table discussion session focused on ‘the relationship between lighting and the nighttime economy: past, present and future’, which will be published in Lighting Journal magazine, and a book list collaboration, to be launched with a free webinar open to everyone. 

Leni Schwendinger at the International Nighttime Design Initiative says ‘During a research session at the British Library some years ago, I serendipitously encountered the British phrase “Public Lighting Engineers” from the 1920’s. This led to a soul searching about public vs. urban, and engineer vs. designer. NTD looks forward to a continuing dialog with ILP about significant contemporary issues in our shared world of light and cities’.

Our Vice President Architectural Graham Festenstein said ‘Public lighting is at the core of the ILP’s DNA and we are delighted to enter a collaborative relationship with NTD. We look forward to expanding the conversation around public lighting and the urban realm and hope to learn much through our exploration and partnership with NTD’.

To learn more about each association and stay informed about these initiatives, check out their websites: and



Thanks are due to Bruce Munro for the banner image – Moon Harvest at Messums, Wiltshire


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