The London edition of ARCHITECT@WORK, a two-day event aimed at architects, designers and specifiers, is in its sixth year and is being held at Olympia National Hall on 24th and 25th January 2018. The two days include free admission for registered trade visitors and complimentary catering throughout, encouraging networking and downtime as well as deal-making opportunities.

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. Over 100 leading suppliers will showcase their innovative products and services, which will include the latest in surface solutions, lighting technology as well as fixtures and fittings.

The theme for ARCHITECT@WORK 2018 is light. Everything from practical applications to more artistic endeavours related to light will be high on the agenda of the talks program. To compliment the talks programme ARCHITECT@WORK has produces a series of filmed interviews with some of the architects, designers and engineers who will be speaking. The first two films from the @Work series can be found below.

Helen Marriage -
Paul Nulty -


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
Jonathan Tuckey, Director Jonathan Tuckey Design
Jon Miller, Founder, Architects' Republic

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, 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 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, 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

15:00 – 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

16:15 – 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+

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. 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

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

Register here using code 1290.


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