Devil is in the Details

November 8, 2022 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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We’ve all had those projects where in your mind, the details are very well coordinated and perfect, but when the installation happens, it’s not at all like you planned. Conversely, we’ve had those projects where in coordinating all the details, one manages to slip, but it ends up being installed really well. A happy accident that leads to possibly a better outcome than you dreamed up. In this discussion, seasoned lighting designers will talk about their successful projects/installations and the tips and tricks that went into making those a success… along with some “that’s not quite how we planned it” installations and applications that resulted in the BIG lessons learned. As they say, “the Devil is in the details.”

When: Tuesday, November 8, 2022 @ 3:00 p.m.

Where: Virtual

For those that would like to get together and enjoy some appetizers and refreshments we will hold a viewing party at Pulse Products in their tech center at 6130 Blue Circle Dr., Minnetonka, MN 55343

Cost: $10

Learning Objectives:

  • Acknowledge that every project is an opportunity to learn, we all make mistakes, and the key is to learn from those mistakes along the way.
  • Understand to what level of detail certain aspects of design need to be drawn, how to document successful installations and how integrations from all parts of the design team helped lead to that success.
  • Understanding of how all the construction players can be helpful in working through issues that arise.
  • Understand how to avoid less successful details and applications and where the pitfalls arose.


Katherine Stekr, CLD, IALD, IES, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C – HLB Lighting Design

As an Associate Director and an integral member of the design team, Katherine’s role is to ensure that the client receives a lighting scheme that suits their programmatic requirements, budget, and aesthetic considerations. She is inspired by the stories that set the tone for the building design and strives to capture what is unique about the architecture and the client when developing the lighting design.  Katherine was drawn to lighting design because it represented a hybrid of creativity, problem solving and biological sciences — though it wasn’t her first choice of study. Originally slated to major in chemical engineering, with the intention of pursuing a career in manufacturing explosives, her perspective changed after taking an engineering class that introduced her to lighting. From that point on, she has fostered an ever-evolving appreciation for the impact that light can have on a space, and the emotional connection it can strike with occupants.

Rachel Fitzgerald, CLD, LC, IALD, IES, LEED AP BD+C – Stantec

Rachel Fitzgerald is a Principal and the discipline lead for lighting design with global design firm Stantec. She has nearly 20 years of experience providing exterior and interior lighting designs for hospitality, mixed-use, retail, corporate interiors, civic, multi-family and recreation projects. Rachel is an industry leader who drives health and wellbeing through lighting, providing significant expertise to Stantec’s buildings and master plans globally. Her talent and commitment to the design of highly-sustainable and human-centric spaces has been recognized with more than three dozen design awards.  Rachel’s drive to create a world where lighting plays a more impactful role manifests itself through her industry involvement. She is actively involved in regional and national organizations such as the IALD and is passionate about educating others on the power of quality lighting. She is an adjunct instructor at the University of Colorado and serves as a content advisor for the WELL Building Light Concept.

Please register by noon on Monday, Nov. 7, 2022