ARCHITECT@WORK 2018 delivered another outstanding exhibition, attracting architects, designers and specifiers through engaging panel discussions and a star line up of professionals.
ARCHITECT@WORK, the annual curated two-day event, had its sixth successful show at Olympia National Hall in January. The show attracted a record number of visitors, with a total of 1,998 architects, specifiers and designers attending.
Over 100 leading European architectural suppliers offered up the latest innovations in surface solutions, lighting technology as well as interior and exterior fixtures and fittings. One of the most popular elements of the show was the seminar programme, which saw hundreds of people attend to see big names discuss everything from practical applications to more artistic endeavours related to light.
Living with Light
Chaired by journalist Dominic Lutyens, the panel discussed the effect light can have in homes, from artificial lighting to buildings shaped to let the sunlight in to create atmosphere and space.
Phil Coffey of Coffey Architects, architectural photographer Paul Raftery and Sam Jacob of Sam Jacob Studios explored photography and architecture’s long and complex history. They discussed how smart phones and an obsession with social media is changing the way buildings and spaces are being communicated to a global audience; Francesca Perry, Assistant Editor of Blueprint, chaired the panel.
This talk saw the panel discuss how the city comes alive at night and how lighting takes on a new role to shape our experiences of the urban landscape. The panel included Sarah Gaventa, Illuminated River; Helen Marriage, Artichoke; Simon Keeling, In Situ; Joy Nazzari, dn&co; and was chaired by journalist David Michon.
Leading lights in workplace wellness
Ceri Davies, AHMM; Catherine van der Heide, HASSELL Studio; Inessa Demidova, Arup; and Linda Morey-Burrows, MoreySmith, questioned why we are so far behind with the design of artificial and natural lighting in the workspace when employees understand the importance of health at work.
What architects should know about lighting
Mat Waring, editor of arc, interviewed Paul Nulty. Paul discussed the role of the lighting designer in contemporary architecture, paying attention to common mistakes and the innovative solutions that his team employ to create spaces that are well-lit and inspiring.
The art of light and art
Journalist David Michon chaired the panel involving Anne Fehrenbach, Stanton Williams; Alice Dietsch, Amanda Levete Architects; John McElgunn, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners; and Arfon Davies, Arup. They discussed how cultural venues overcome the huge technical challenges brought about by the requirements for sensitive and beautiful works of art.
To honour the show’s theme of light, the SCIN Gallery presented LIGHT FANTASTIC, an exhibition that explored how light reveals itself and affects our interaction with materials. Another talking point at this year’s show was Kinetech Design’s two folded aluminium sculptures, Endless Column and Super Nova.