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72CE - Bringing the Past to Light

09 May 2014 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

This session will also be offered Thursday, May 8, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Course Outline

Restoring heritage buildings presents unique challenges; careful consideration is needed before any intervention may be permitted. The landscape is further complicated with the use of LED technology.  It has evolved into the “go to” solution, although there are still some specific considerations to address to ensure their suitability and successful results.  One key to successful heritage (and) adaptive reuse is a successful process; case studies of sustainable adaptive reuse and heritage designated projects reinforce the potential harmony of the old and the new, when approached with careful analysis and creative design.  

Learning Objectives:

  1. To understand how "sustainability" applies to re-lighting old buildings
  2. To become aware of how lighting technology can affect the project’s heritage sensibility and other outcomes.
  3. To recognize how successfully integrated design process affects results
  4. To experience projects where old buildings breathe new life with updated design and technology.


Deborah Gottesman is the principal of Gottesman Associates, an architectural lighting design firm established in 1999, with distinctive expertise in sustainability and heritage applications. Deborah's 25 years in all facets of the lighting industry, including design, engineering, management, education, and manufacturing gives her a contextual understanding of lighting from all perspectives. 

Deborah has successfully worked on projects in many sectors, and has taught lighting at all levels to a wide audience from students to senior architects. A past president of the Toronto Section IES, Deborah has been involved in the IESNA at local, regional, and international levels.