Lighting Hall of Fame

Inductee Name: Bernard Crocker

Bernard CrockerShort Lighting Career Bio:
Bernard Crocker was born in England in 1931. Since graduating engineering in England in the 50’s, Bernard has spent over 40 years in a successful international lighting career than spun over three continents. One outstanding success is his lighting design for the famed Sydney Opera House. Mr. Crocker spent his last two decades of activity at BC Hydro leading many governmental lighting design assistance and energy efficiency incentive programs in British Columbia from the incipience of the Power Smart Program in 1989.

IES Involvement and Awards/ Accomplishments:
An IES member since 1977, Mr. Crocker was British Columbia Section’s President also holding numerous board positions. Bernard remained active with the IES Vancouver Board of Directors after his retirement and in 2018 he was awarded The Section Meritorious Service Award. Bernard leaves a great legacy of leadership and contribution to the IES and our industry in general. As the Education Chair in the late 80’s, Mr. Crocker started a solid lighting education program that is a continuing success to the present. Bernard passed away in 2019 at the age of 88.

One statement on how important is lighting in your career/ life:
“Be the light that helps others see.”


Inductee Name: Carl R. Koehler

Carl R. KoehlerShort Lighting Career Bio:
Carl R. Koehler was born and raised in Vancouver. Mr. Koehler started his career in electrical engineering as a draftsman, then with “on the job” training, mentoring and with many night school courses he elevated his career into design. Carl took his first lighting fundamentals course in 1968 and has been practicing lighting design ever since. Mr. Koehler’s experience includes designing the lighting systems for industrial projects, commercial projects, institutional projects, street lighting projects along with investigating existing lighting installations of many types of buildings. Carl started his own lighting consulting company CRK Designs Inc. in 1990 to answer the need for a separate lighting design firm within the electrical engineering field.

IES Involvement and Awards/ Accomplishments:
Carl R. Koehler joined the Illuminating Engineering Society in 1990 and quickly became active with the local IES section and IES regional activities. Carl has held many regional committee positions along with many positions with the local Vancouver Section such as President, Vice-President and many other positions throughout the years. Mr. Koehler has been active as an instructor with the local IES education programs along with providing educational seminars. Leading and helping in committee work included local seminars, local award programs (The Vision Awards), an “on-ship” tri-regional conference (in 1994), and education fly-ins. He has received many awards, with the latest one being the IES’s Section Meritorious Service Award. Carl was among the first 4 people to achieve his “LC” status in BC..

One statement on how important is lighting in your career/ life:
Our goal should always be: “designing a quality lighting system to accommodate the needs of the clients and their facilities”. A quality lighting design provides a positive, happy and safe environment.


Inductee Name: Roy Hughes

Roy HughesShort Lighting Career Bio:
Roy Hughes was born in Winnipeg in 1942. Since graduating from North Dakota State University in 1967, Roy worked for his entire lighting career of over 40 years with BC Hydro in Vancouver. During this time Mr. Hughes hold managing positions in engineering, marketing and customer service. Roy has been leading many governmental lighting design assistance and energy efficiency incentive programs in British Columbia from the incipience of the Power Smart Program in 1989. Roy was also well known for his active involvement with the development of CSA’s lighting efficiency codes and standards where he hold the Chair position for C-419 Energy Efficiency Lighting committee for over 10 years.

IES Involvement and Awards/ Accomplishments:
An IES member since 1956, Mr. Hughes was British Columbia Section’s President and a pillar of stability and continuity for the Vancouver IES Board of Directors holding numerous board positions. Roy was heavily involved in board activity also at the Pacific North West Region. Mr. Hughes has been an active instructor with the local IES education programs along with providing educational seminars. During his long career in lighting Roy won numerous IES Lighting Design Awards and remained active with the IES Vancouver Board of Directors long after his retirement until he passed away in 2015 at the age of 72. Roy was among the first 4 people to achieve his “LC” status in BC.

One statement on how important is lighting in your career/ life:
“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.”