David Mintz Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
David A. Mintz, FIALD, FIESNA was honored by the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) with its Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is the greatest honor bestowed by the IALD to recognize the true pioneers and visionaries in the lighting design field.
Beyond his contributions to the profession and his commitment to lighting design excellence, Mr. Mintz was recognized for his impressive body of work, particularly his re-lighting of two of the nation's landmark memorials, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial located on our National Mall in Washington DC.
Graham Phoenix, President of IALD remarked that: "The new lighting [of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial] reveals and unifies the elements of the structure while leaving its historic fabric undisturbed." Mr. Phoenix went on to comment that for the Lincoln Memorial "the lighting design vastly improved the visual effects for both the memorial structure and Lincoln's statue within it."
In his acceptance speech, Mr. Mintz recalled his start in theater lighting in the drama department at Carnegie Mellon (formerly Carnegie Tech) and his breakthrough work on the AT&T Pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair in New York. He closed with some words of inspiration for today's lighting designers. "If you listen with your ears and design with your heart, you can do great things."
David A. Mintz to Consult on new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Since retiring in March of 2005, David Mintz has embraced a leisurely life-style, shuttling between his home in New Jersey and his vacation home in Florida. His primary occupation has been working on his golf game. But when the invitation came to work as special consultant on the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Mr. Mintz could not say no. "My heart started beating like a Dalmatian in a firehouse," Mr. Mintz exclaimed.
To be located on the National Mall in Washington, DC, the MLK Memorial will complete a personal "trifecta" for Mr. Mintz who also designed the re-lighting of the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. It has been an 11 year battle to have the MLK Memorial built. Working on this project is an honor Mr. Mintz simply could not refuse.