About PLDC


What is PLDC all about?
 PLDC stands for Professional Lighting Design Convention. This biannual Convention was created for the global lighting design market. Lighting designers, architects, researchers, universities, industry and clients use PLDC as a platform to meet, learn about the latest developments in lighting design, and discuss the future of the lighting profession. PLDC stands for high quality knowledge transfer and international networking opportunities. PLDC is organised by VIA Events, the Educational Events Division of VIA-Verlag, the publishing house of the Professional Lighting Design magazine. Professional lighting associations and universities from around the world with Lighting Design programmes will be invited to partner the event, as will international Media, Partner Events and Partner Cities. This high-quality network guarantees to spread the word further and to reach newcomers and professionals from related fields of practice. In Paris, PLDC registered altogether over 2160 attendees from more than 72 countries. The Professional Lighting Design Convention is recognised as the Thought Leadership Event for the lighting design community worldwide.


Gallery - PLDC 2017


PLDC 2018 will take place in Singapore in October 2018

The Professional Lighting Design Convention is recognised as the Thought Leadership Event for the lighting design community worldwide. After staging six editions in ten years we have analysed the impact of the event and would now be prepared to develop this event to the next level. The overall goal is to establish the professional lighting design profession in its own right. Given the shift on the market and within the field of technology, VIA-Verlag is prepared to take a further step and responsibility to reach this goal.

Comments on PLDC 2017

Thank you for putting all the hard work into preparing and running PLDC with such a large number of participants.  It is really amazing how much a relatively small team of key people can run such a big event. (…)

Werner Osterhaus/DE/DK

Aarhus University

It was a very impressive event!!! Thank you so much for all your support and the opportunity to be part of it. I had a great time and received very positive feedback on my presentation…

Edwin Smida/DE

Licht Kunst Licht

I have no words to describe how great it was to be part of PLDC this year!! It was an amazing opportunity and I’m extremely thankful!

Marina Lodi/BR

VIA Verlag

The mission of the VIA Publishing Company is to provide high-quality information, education and debate on all aspects of light and lighting in architecture to develop the quality of lighting in the architectural world. The vision of the VIA Publishing Company is to play a key role in the global lighting community as a leading provider of information and inspiration. We create opportunities for learning and networking.


Thanks to everyone who has supported us throughout the year!