The two-day international event returns to London in January with a focus on light

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Aimed at architects, interior designers and specifiers, the ARCHITECT@WORK event returns to London’s Olympia National Hall on 24th and 25th January. More than 100 leading international architectural suppliers will be showcasing new innovations. All exhibitors are subjected to a rigorous selection process, with an external judging panel overseeing the product choices.

The theme for ARCHITECT@WORK 2018 is light. Everything from practical applications to more artistic endeavours relating to light will be high on the agenda of the talks programme. Other features include exhibitions by the SCIN Gallery, DAPh and, as well as RIBA’s Pop-Up book shop for architects and designers.


Talks Programme

Wednesday 24 January

15:00 – Living with Light

A panel of expert designers will showcase the effect light can have in our homes, from artificial lighting to buildings shaped to let the sunlight in and create mood, atmosphere and space.

Chair: Dominic Lutyens, freelance journalist
Christina Seilern, Director, Studio Seilern Architects
Tatiana von Preussen, Director, vPPR
Jon Miller, Founder, Architects’ Republic
Jonathan Tuckey, Director Jonathan Tuckey Design


Ph: World Architects

16:15 – Frozen light

Photography and architecture have a long and complex history. The best way to communicate buildings and spaces to a global audience is to freeze them in a moment in time as light enters the camera lens. How is this changing in the 21st century?

Chair: Johnny Tucker, Editor, Blueprint
Phil Coffey, Director, Coffey Architects
Paul Raftery, Architectural Photographer
Sam Jacob, Sam Jacob Studios


Groove by Performance in Lighting

17:30 – Lighting London

At night, the city comes alive and lighting takes on a new role to shape our experiences of the urban landscape. The ways we interact with public spaces, bridges, streets, squares, bars and night clubs are being constantly redesigned to inspire and delight once the sun goes down.

Chair: David Michon
Sarah Gaventa, Director, Illuminated River
Helen Marriage, Director, Artichoke
Simon Keeling and Seb Benson, Founders, In Situ
Joy Nazzari, Director, dn&co


Thursday 25 January

15:00 – Leading lights in workplace wellness

Workplace lighting is often uncomfortable, if not detrimental to our health. Why 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?

Chair: Clare Dowdy, freelance design journalist
Simon Allford, Director, AHMM
Catherine van der Heide, Associate, HASSELL Studio
Inessa Demidova, Lighting Designer, Arup
Linda Morey-Burrows, Director, MoreySmith


Nulty’s Leake Street project in London (ph: James French)

16:15 – What architects should know about lighting

Paul Nulty discusses the role of the lighting designer in contemporary architecture, paying attention to common mistakes he encounters and the innovative solutions his award-winning studio employ to create well-lit and inspiring spaces.

Chair: Mat Waring, Editor, mondo*arc
Paul Nulty, Director, Nulty+


Ph: SCIN Gallery

17:30 – The art of light and art

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. Gallery and museum visitors expect inspiring spaces and these buildings often go on to win awards.

Anne Fehrenbach, Associate, Stanton Williams
Alice Dietsch, Director, Amanda Levete Architects
John McElgunn, Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Contact Details

ARCHITECT@WORK UK runs 1pm – 8pm, 24th and 25th January 2018 at Olympia London, National Hall.

Register at the ARCHITECT@WORK website using code 1310.


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