ArchLIGHT Summit in Dallas Extends Deadline for Extraordinary Speakers

—New deadline of January 31 invites experiential learning, diverse voices and bold honesty at the September 21-22, 2021 architectural, specification and design event—

DALLAS – January 8, 2021 – Dallas Market Center has extended the deadline for speakers for the ArchLIGHT Summit, a new lighting trade event and educational platform for the architectural, specification and design communities. The new deadline is January 31. Consistent with the show’s mission to be boldly different and actively inclusive, the most sought-after sessions will be those that break the mold of traditional presentations and panels, in favor of more experiential learning and honest discussions.

“We’re extending the deadline in order to provide an opportunity for more presenters with unique information, original perspectives, and independent voices to address the architectural, specification and design communities,” said Laura Van Zeyl, Vice President of Lighting Technology Development & Marketing at Dallas Market Center.

The first ArchLIGHT Summit will take place September 21-22, 2021 on the first floor of the Dallas Trade Mart, showcasing the best in commercial lighting design and technology. Dallas Market Center is already home to the largest residential lighting show in the Western Hemisphere, Lightovation, which occurs twice a year on two floors of permanent Trade Mart exhibits.

The show’s mission is to create something fearlessly new driven by three progressive goals: Showcase Only The Best. Be Boldly Inclusive. Be Radically Playful. To accomplish these goals the show is working hand-in-hand with industry thought leaders on shaping the show with a diverse group of perspectives as well as creating hands-on product interaction and forward-thinking seminars and sessions.

The CEU’s for ArchLIGHT Summit will include AIA-accredited sessions as well as IDCEC-accredited sessions. Speakers are also sought for sessions that are WELL AP-accredited. ArchLIGHT Summit is committed to inclusiveness and a diversity of speakers and presenters. To learn more and to submit a proposal by the January 31, 2021 deadline:

In addition to the seminars, hands-on lab learning, and panel discussions, attendees will also be able to experience engaging displays and learning labs, receptions and tours within the permanent lighting showrooms participating in the show. A full schedule will be announced spring 2021.

Dozens of existing architectural lighting brands at Dallas Market Center and a robust local specification community prompted the development of the ArchLIGHT Summit, which will broaden offerings to include commercial specification brands in addition to those already present in Dallas that straddle residential and commercial markets. Local and regional lighting agencies representing these brands, including founding agency partner Hossley Lighting and Power Solutions, will have the opportunity to shape this event. The city’s central location and accessibility is conducive to a broad geographic reach, creating new opportunities in the wake of announcements of other western regional shows being permanently canceled.

ArchLIGHT Summit will be co-located with Dallas Design Week, providing additional CEU and networking opportunities for attendees of both events. Dallas Market Center is the largest and most active design center in the country, with more than 1.5 million square feet of home décor showrooms in three buildings.

ArchLIGHT Summit organizers are working closely with an Advisory Board of distinguished industry leaders who provide valuable perspectives for shaping this groundbreaking event and its educational programming. Members include Francesca Bastianini, IES, principal of Sighte Studio; Craig A. Bernecker, Ph.D., founder of The Lighting Education Institute; Andrea Hartranft, FIALD, principal of Hartranft Lighting Design; Alyssa Humphries Stewart, director of the Center for Lighting Education at Texas Christian University; Alriah Hunt, specification sales rep at Architectural Lighting Alliance; Archit Jain, IALD, LEED SP, ISLA, principal of Oculus Light Studio; Kelly Roberts, LEED BD+C, IES, studio director of Wald Studio; Laura McDonald Stewart, FASID, RID, LEED AP, WELL AP, founder and owner of Laura McDonald Enterprises and PLiNTH & CHiNTZ; and Kevin L. Wallace, AIA, principal of DSGNworks.

Confirmed association partners include American Lighting Association, Lighting Controls Association, National Lighting Bureau, North American Coalition of Lighting Industry Queers, and national and local chapters of Women in Lighting + Design.

Media Partners include Arc, Architectural Products, Architectural SSL, Building Design + Construction, Commercial Construction & Renovation, Darc, Designing Lighting, Edison Report, Energy Watch News, Furniture Lighting & Décor, Inside.Lighting, Light Directory, The Lighting Exchange,, and McMorrow Reports.

For more information, visit, with live exhibitor registration available now and to sign up to receive information and announcements. Follow ArchLIGHT Summit on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn for the latest developments and information on exhibitor and attendee registration.

For information on Dallas Market Center, visit our website. In addition to hosting ArchLIGHT Summit, DMC hosts a virtual edition of Lightovation through January 29 and an in-person event March 23-26, 2021. Keep up-to-date on information by following the Lightovation Facebook page and joining the Lightovation – Lighting Industry Discussion Group.

About Dallas Market Center
Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America connecting retailers, interior designers, architects, and specifiers with top manufacturers in home décor, furniture, gifts, lighting and fashion. Inside its dynamic, five million square foot campus, nearly 200,000 customers from all 50 states and 85 countries seek industry trends, business education and new products from exhibitors throughout the year via dominant trade events for gift, home décor, holiday and floral; the nation’s most comprehensive apparel and accessories markets featuring the latest styles from East Coast and West Coast designers; the largest residential lighting trade event in North America; a new lighting event, ArchLIGHT Summit, for architects, specifiers, and designers; and the largest and most successful open-daily design center. The marketplace is located in the strongest economic zone in the country. In addition, more than 80 percent of Dallas Market Center buyers report that they do not shop other market centers. To make plans for upcoming markets, visit the Dallas Market Center website and download the Dallas Market Center and Lightovation Apps. Also, keep up-to-date on all information by visiting Dallas Market Center and ArchLIGHT Summit on social media.