Jered Widmer IALD, MIES

Principal

Jered Widmer joined The Lighting Practice in 2001 upon graduation from The Pennsylvania State University. He has been designing architectural lighting for corporate, retail, historic, hospitality, education, healthcare and places of worship. The diverse work in these sectors allows him to merge creative principles and techniques to enhance the user environment for a more successful project. He educates clients and team members through a collaborative design process, facilitating a better understanding of the impact of lighting. Jered’s passion for digital technology and smart home integration has fueled his pursuit of understanding IoT and Smart Lighting applications and their benefit to our clients and project sectors. He has collaborated with both retail and corporate clients to deliver smart lighting solutions that enhance the user experience and deliver detailed data for improved operational efficiencies.

Why did you become a lighting designer?
I love architecture and mechanical engineering; lighting is a medium that combines these two paths into a unique career.

Where do you think the lighting industry will be in 10 years?
Wireless and automated. Every person will have a digital device (smartphone or better) that communicates with lighting automatically, adjusting it for personal spaces like bedrooms, offices and hotel rooms – including modification of intensity and color temperature for time-of-day.

If you could only have one mode of transportation for the rest of your life, what would it be?
While it really isn’t reasonable, I would say walking. Walking allows you to take almost any path (see new sights), experience all the sensory aspects of the environment, and is great exercise.

If you had everyone over to your house for dinner, what would you prepare?
I don’t really cook so dinner would use the grill. Shish kebobs with shrimp, chicken, beef, and lots of vegetables would be on the menu. Simple but delicious – and something for everyone.

Education

Bachelor of Architectural Engineering – The Pennsylvania State University

Credentials & Affiliations

  • International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) - Professional Member
  • IALD Membership Committee (2017 - 2020)
  • Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) - Member
  • IES Philadelphia Chapter - Past President
  • IES Progress Committee Member (2009 - Current), Chair (2019 - 2020)
  • IES ED100 Lighting Education - Instructor (2006 - 2008)
  • Drexel University, Department of Architecture - Adjunct Professor (2002 - 2015)