NYSID announces Lighting Lecture Series and Trade Show for Fall 2009

New York, NY - August 2009 - New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) is pleased to present a number of public programs around the theme of lighting this fall. There will be three lectures by distinguished experts in the field, including Renee Cooley, Emily Monato, Richard Renfro, and Ann Schiffers, as well as a trade show bringing together over 15 top lighting manufacturers.

“Lighting is without a doubt the single most important element in appreciating the interior environment and in achieving the goal of sustainability,” said Scott Ageloff, NYSID’s Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean. “This fall’s programs look at both the art and science of lighting and bring together the latest advances in LED technology.”


Wednesday, September 23, 6pm
Renee Cooley & Emily Monato

Renee Cooley graduated from Yale University with an MFA in Photography. Within a few years of designing with Light & Space Associates, she participated in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum renovation and expansion. In 1991 she began her own lighting practice. Award-winning and published projects include: the Norton Residence, Bergdorf Goodman-Plaza Level, and Four Seasons-Tokyo.

Emily Monato graduated with a BS degree in Interior Design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1992 she joined Renee Cooley in the lighting design practice now called Cooley Monato Studio. Award-winning and published projects include: Takashimaya cosmetics-NYC; Graves 601 (Le Meridien Hotel-Minneapolis); and worldwide locations for Marc Jacobs, Gucci, and Tiffany & Co.

Wednesday, October 14, 6pm
Richard Renfro: Lighting Historic Interiors

Richard Renfro has been a lighting designer since 1979 when he received his Bachelor of Architecture degree. He established Renfro Design Group, Inc. in 1998. His professional experience includes lighting designers for civic and cultural institutions as well as historic sites, including Saint Thomas Church, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the Fragonard Room at The Frick Collection.

Wednesday, December 2, 6pm
Ann Schiffers: Bringing Materials to Light, the Secrets of the Professional Lighting Designer

Ann Schiffers has dedicated her entire career to the interaction of light and architecture and recently celebrated her 20th year in the industry. She holds an MFA from Parsons School of Design and has taught at the master’s level at both Parson and New York School of Interior Design. She opened her own lighting design studio Ann Schiffers Lighting Design, LLC (ASLD) in 2002. Her completed projects can be seen throughout the United States, Japan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Korea.


Saturday, November 14, 10am – 4pm
LED Lighting Trade Show and Lectures

Over 15 top manufacturers exhibit the latest LED products. A series of continuing education lectures will be offered throughout the day.

All lectures are free and open to the public. RSVP to 212-472-1500, ext. 405 or rsvp@nysid.edu.

Design professionals seeking continuing education credits for the above lectures may register by visiting Academics/Continuing & Professional Studies at www.nysid.edu.


Founded in 1916, the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) is New York’s only private, not-for-profit college devoted exclusively to interior design education and related disciplines. NYSID’s guiding principle is that the interior environment is a fundamental element of human welfare and the college is committed to actively improving the quality of life for all segments of humanity. This ideal is put into practice by a dedicated faculty of well-known designers, architects, art historians, and authorities in the field who guide a diverse student body of over 700 full- and part-time students.

NYSID offers certificate, undergraduate, and graduate programs in the field of interior design. The college is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and NYSID’s BFA is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).