Everything from practical applications to more artistic endeavours related to light will be high on the agenda of the talks programme at today’s Architect@Work exhibition.
With so many products and people to see, it can be difficult to balance the day, so we’ve marked out the key ‘not-to-be-missed’ speakers and illuminating topics of this afternoon’s talks programme…
15:00 – Leading lights in workplace wellness
Chair: Clare Dowdy, freelance design journalist
Ceri Davies, Associate Director, AHMM
Catherine van der Heide, Associate, HASSELL Studio
Inessa Demidova, Lighting Designer, Arup
Linda Morey-Burrows, Director, MoreySmith
We spend the majority of our waking hours in the workplace but often the lighting is uncomfortable, if not detrimental to our health. Employees understand the importance of health at work and now often choose their future roles based on the quality of life they will get in the office. Why then are we so far behind with the design of artificial and natural lighting in the workspace? Who are the bright sparks leading us out of the dark?
16:15 – What architects should know about lighting
Chair: Mat Waring, Editor, mondo*arc
Paul Nulty, Director, Nulty+
Paul Nulty discusses the role of the lighting designer in contemporary architecture, paying particular attention to common mistakes and the innovative solutions that his team employ to create indoor and exterior spaces which are well lit and inspiring. Working closely with clients, architects, interior designers and engineers, Paul has built up an award-winning studio on the basis that collaboration is key to create atmospheric spaces that don’t take a toll on the planet. He believes that education and open discourse are paramount to make beautiful environments for everyone.
17:30 – The art of light and art
Chair: David Michon, freelance journalist
Anne Fehrenbach, Associate, Stanton Williams
Alice Dietsch, Director, Amanda Levete Architects
John McElgunn, Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Arfon Davies, Director, Lighting, Arup
Cultural venues often lead the charge in terms of high-end design, with huge technical challenges brought about by the requirements for sensitive and beautiful works of art. Visitors to galleries and museums expect inspiring spaces and these buildings often go on to win a raft of design awards. An informed panel of speakers will discuss their projects and the complex issues they face, both in the UK and abroad.
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