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Lighting Designer Gustavo Avilés Inducted into the IALD College of Fellows

Applause filled the Fairmont Banff Springs conference hall as Gustavo Avilés, FIALD was welcomed into the IALD College of Fellows.

Avilés was awarded this designation by the International Association of Lighting Designers during the opening session of the IALD Enlighten Americas 2023 annual conference in Banff, Canada.

IALD Fellows are recognized for their achievements in lighting design and education and their service to the profession and the association. Those awarded with the designation have been professional members of IALD for at least 10 years and have made significant contributions to the IALD and demonstrated leadership in the profession through a robust body of work and advanced knowledge of lighting design.

Gustavo Avilés is known worldwide for his innovative and influential work in the field of architectural lighting. With a career spanning over forty years, Avilés is the founding director of the multiple award-winning architectural lighting design studio Lighteam, a member of the National System of Creators (Sistema Nacional de Creadores), the National Academy of Architecture (Academia Nacional de Arquitectura), and a Core Member of The Lighting Detectives. He founded the Postgraduate Lighting Design Program at the National Autonomous University of México and was the IALD’s opening speaker for the 2015 International Year of Light conference at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

He has served on the IALD Board of Directors for two terms, been a member of the IALD Education Trust, a champion for the establishment of the IALD México Chapter, and a two-time winner of IALD International Lighting Design Awards, in 2011 for the Hotel Encanto project, and in 2014 for the Memorial to the Victims of Violence project.

Gustavo has made significant contributions to the way light is used in various environments, ranging from public spaces to private residences. His exceptional designs are characterized by their ability to enhance the aesthetics and functionality of spaces through the thoughtful application of light. The prestige and esteem of the IALD College of Fellows is deepened by his induction, and the Association is proud to bestow this new title.

Learn more about the IALD College of Fellows and its over fifty members.

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