Member Spotlight: Derek Barnwell

Member Spotlight

This issue’s member spotlight is on Derek Barnwell!

When did you first hear about the IES and what prompted you to join?
I first heard of the IES in 2020 in Boston MA and thought it would be a great way to network with other lighting design professionals.

At what point in your career did you come to understand lighting was the career path for you?
In 1990 I began working in the New York club scene and found myself on the lighting team of a group that owned and operated macro-scale night clubs. That starving artist job turned into a career!

What is the best thing about the Society? Why do you continue to renew?
The educational opportunities! They are a valuable resource.

Past/Recent Projects
National Museum of the United States Army Alexandria VA
Molina Family Latino Gallery at Smithsonian Institute Washington DC
Charlotte Douglass International Airport Concourse A Phase II Charlotte NC
National Museum of the Marine Corp Quantico VA

When not serving the advancement of the art and science of lighting, how do you like to spend your free time?
I’m a musician and play around the Triangle area in several bands.

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