About Us


We formed nine groups/committees in order to plan and conduct various activities smoothly. Each group/committee is composed of a chairperson who is appointed by the Board of Directors, and committee members who are volunteers from IALD Japan members. The chairperson and committee members make an annual proposal of an activity plan and requiring a budget approval by the Board of Director, thereafter the chairperson directs the planned activities to run smoothly. Each committee member shares the activity plan and fully cooperates among each other in order to boost the impact and publicize the activities both internally and externally.

General Meeting The General Meeting is a supreme decision-making body seeking consensus on operation of the Association.
At the annual meeting, projects and financial results are approved, and consensus on the action policy is reached. Extraordinary general meetings are also held for workshops and mutual communication among members.

Board of Directors The Board of Directors is composed of 16 directors and 2 auditors who are appointed at the general meeting. The board of Directors and the Executive Board, which consists of the President, Vice-president, and Executive Director, are in cooperation to manage the Association.

Secretariat The Secretariat deals with various tasks, including support for members, cooperation with affiliated organizations, communication with IALD Headquarters (Chicago, USA), and support for committees and activities directed by the Board of Directors, for healthy operation.

Regional Coordinator The Regional Coordinator is appointed by IALD Headquarters for bridging IALD Japan and IALD Headquarters. They attend meetings at the Headquarters in order to deepen mutual understanding and to overview the Association management in the world.

Management Committee The Management Committee is responsible for operation, management, and finance of the Association. It ensures the financial basis of activities by systematically managing support money, the Association's main source of funding.

Enlighten Committee The Enlighten Committee is responsible for planning and operating a biennial event "Enlighten Asia in Japan“since 2013.

Membership Committee The Membership Committee compiles publicity materials for recruiting new members of IALD Japan. It also promotes members' proactive participation in various activities in order to deepen mutual communication among members.

Training Committee The Training Committee is responsible for conducting training programs for members/non-members in order to raise awareness and to enhance abilities among participants. Educational programs for students are also conducted to nurture lighting designers in the future.

Public Relations Committee The Public Relations Committee is responsible for planning and operating the IALD Japan official website, the most important public relations activity for the Association. It also carries out planning and editing annual reports for disclosing to affiliated organizations.

Board of Directors

Representative Director Kaoru Mende
Vice-representative Director Reiko Chikada
Tatsuya Iwai
Executive Director Atsushi Kaneda
Director Yutaka Inaba
Miho Konishi
Hiroyasu Shoji
Masanobu Takeishi
Hiroshi Naiki
Kazuhiro Nagashima
Shiko Nagamachi
Miki Matsushita
Yuko Yamashita
Izumi Yayoshi
Auditor Yasuyuki Tomita
Kohsaku Matsumoto

IALD Regional Coordinator

IALD has its Headquarters in Chicago, USA and there are nine regions and thirteen chapters all over the world with coordinators working to promote regional activities. Currently in Asia, there is one coordinator each in Japan, China, Southeast Asia, and India. Among these regions, Japan is particularly expected to take a significant role in IALD since it is the second largest local branch operating after the USA.

The regional coordinator in Japan is a volunteer staff who works in collaboration with IALD Japan Secretariat for promoting activities in Japan, membership support, reporting on IALD Japan's activities to the Headquarters, and communicating information from the Headquarters to Japanese members.

IALD Japan Secretariat

The Japan International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD Japan) office was moved to a new location at the Tokyo Design Center in Higashi-gotanda, Tokyo. Our staff members are working on clerical works in cooperation with IALD regional coordinator of Japan. As a base for supporting our activities, we are working on the affairs described below to contribute to industrial development—the objective of the association.

The Secretariat also works as the hub for supporting activities in order to contribute to the development of the industry. To achieve such aim, it deals with the following tasks:

1. Coordination with IALD Headquarters

2. Membership support

3. Organizing and managing general affairs to hold events

4. Other tasks in relation to the management of IALD Japan