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UK Interiors Professor Joseph Rey-Barreau to be Inducted Into Lighting Hall of Fame

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Joseph Rey-Barreau

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 29, 2017) In honor of his decades-long involvement in educating others in the discipline of lighting design, University of Kentucky Associate Professor of Interiors Joseph Rey-Barreau, AIA, IES, will be inducted into the American Lighting Association’s Hall of Fame at their annual conference in September. The ALA is the trade association representing the residential lighting industry in North America.

For more than 20 years, Rey-Barreau has written hundreds of courses and seminars for ALA’s members. He has traveled across the United States and Canada on behalf of the association to conduct lighting workshops as well as developed online training courses.

“It’s been a very satisfying and professionally rewarding experience for me to provide educational content for this group,” he explained. “The past few decades have been a dynamic time in the lighting industry, and there is much focus being placed on lighting education.”

Over the course of his more than 30 years as an educator, Rey-Barreau, a faculty member in the UK School of Interiors, also has written and presented a broad range of continuing education programs focused on lighting design for architects and interior designers. He has been an invited speaker at national meetings of the American Institute of Architects, American Society of Interior Designers, Construction Specifications Institute, Illuminating Engineering Society, International Interior Design Association, National Home Buyer's Alliance, National Kitchen & Bath Association, and Urban Land Institute.

“Professor Rey-Barreau is one of our most prestigious and admired faculty. He gives generously of his energy to the profession, the classroom and the college, and has done so for more than 35 years,” UK College of Design Dean Mitzi Vernon said. “The Hall of Fame may be about one’s service to the industry, but I believe it is most impressive because he is that exceptional in all categories. No one could deserve this distinction more.”

The American Lighting Association is a trade association representing the residential lighting and ceiling fan industries in the United States and Canada. Its membership includes leading lighting and fan manufacturers, showrooms (retailers), manufacturers’ representatives and designers.

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