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Architect@Work returns to London Olympia for lighting-focused event

Dezeen promotion: lighting is the theme for this year's Architect@Work event, which features a talks programme including Sam Jacob, Phil CoffeyLinda Morey-Burrows and vPPR co-founder Tatiana von Preussen.

Architect@Work is a two-day trade show for architects, interior designers and specifiers. It takes place at the Olympia exhibition centre in London from 24 to 25 January 2018.

This year's edition focuses on the different ways architects and designers can use light in their projects, with a programme of panel discussions with well-known architects and other industry figures.

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Architect@Work takes place at the Olympia exhibition centre in London from 24 to 25 January 2018

VPPR director Tatiana von Preussen and architect Jonathan Tuckey will join a talk looking at how both artificial and natural lighting can be used to change the mood of architectural interiors.

In another talk, Morey Smith director Linda Morey-Burrows and AHMM co-founder Simon Allford will discuss the use of lighting in offices and how it can contribute to wellness.

Also, architects Sam Jacob and Phil Coffey will speak to photographer Paul Rafferty in a panel discussion looking at about how smartphones and social media are changing the imagery used to present buildings.

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The event will showcase products and innovations from over 100 architectural suppliers, including door manufacturer Oikos Venezia

The event will also include an exhibition by SCIN Gallery titled Light Fantastic, which will reveal how light can change the appearance of different materials, from translucent ceramics to glow-in-the-dark bricks.

In addition, over 100 carefully selected architectural suppliers will showcase their latest products and innovations.

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Lighting brand Performance in Lighting will also be presenting its latest products at the event

Attendance to Architect@Work is free to trade visitors – simply use the code 2170 when registering.

Read on for the full programme of talks:

Wednesday 24 January

3 pm – 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
Jonathan Tuckey, director Jonathan Tuckey Design
Jon Miller, founder, Architects' Republic

4:15 pm – 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, with the proliferation of smart phones and an obsession with social media.

Chair: Johnny Tucker, editor, Blueprint
Phil Coffey, director, Coffey Architects
Paul Raftery, architectural photographer
Laura Mark, architecture projects manager, Royal Academy of Arts
Sam Jacob, Sam Jacob Studio

5:30 pm – 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, freelance journalist
Sarah Gaventa, director, Illuminated River
Helen Marriage, director, Artichoke
Joy Nazzari, director, dn&co
Simon Keeling & Seb Benson, founders, In Situ

Thursday 25 January

3 pm – Leading lights in workplace wellness
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?

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

4:15 pm – What architects should know about lighting
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.

Chair: Mat Waring, editor, mondo*arc
Paul Nulty, director, Nulty+

5:30pm – 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. 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.

Chair: David Michon, freelance journalist
Anne Fehrenbach, associate, Stanton Williams
Alice Dietsch, director, AL_A
Arfon Davies, director, Lighting, Arup
John McElgunn, partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners