ARCHITECT@WORK London will return to Olympia National Hall on 24th and 25th January. The carefully curated two-day event aimed at architects, interior designers and specifiers, is free for registered trade visitors and offers complimentary catering throughout, encouraging networking and downtime as well as deal-making.

Register here using code 1290.

The theme for ARCHITECT@WORK UK 2018 is light. To honour this the SCIN Gallery will present LIGHT FANTASTIC, an exhibition that explores how light reveals itself and affects our interaction with materials. Light enhances architectural features and materials while also being a powerful emotional force that creates different experiences. The material exhibition will highlight surfaces that reflect light using fine glass granules, materials that transmit light using fibre optics or filters, what happens when light is absorbed into absolute darkness and how certain materials can transform light into energy. Exciting materials that play with light to create interactive spaces, such as translucent ceramics and glow in the dark bricks, will also be exhibited.

Over 100 leading international architectural suppliers will showcase new products and offer the latest innovations in surface solutions, lighting technology as well as interior and exterior fixtures and fittings. All exhibitors go through a rigorous selection process, with an external judging panel overseeing the product selection, to ensure that this is one of the UK’s most highly respected trade shows of its kind.

Specially for ARCHITECT@WORK, DAPh has created new work that fits within the theme of 'Architecture and Light'. DAPh, an abbreviation of Dutch Architectural Photographers, is a collection of specialised architectural photographers who, through collaboration and exchange of knowledge, elevate architectural photography to great heights. Among DAPh’s clients are architects, architectural magazines, construction companies and project developers. will present their latest photography exhibition featuring an international selection of contemporary projects from prominent architects, landscape planners, engineers and designers. Up-and-coming practices will be shown alongside established firms to show a diverse cross-section of what the sector has to offer. Profiles of Selected Architects is a curated platform with a focus on contemporary architecture. This exhibition will be a visual feast for architects and designers alike.

The Pop-Up Book Shop for Architects and Designers will return to the 2018 edition of ARCHITECT@WORK UK. Organised and run by RIBA, this store will give visitors an opportunity to browse and purchase magazines and books that touch on a particular area of specialisation or interest.


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

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

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 & 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

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+

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

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

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