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Architect@Work 2018 promises to brighten up January

Talks programme and exhibitions on the theme of light complement latest product innovations at carefully curated event

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Architect@Work, the carefully curated two-day event aimed at architects, interior designers and specifiers, returns to Olympia National Hall, London for its 2018 edition on 24 and 25 January. The two days are free for registered trade visitors and catering is complimentary throughout the event to encourage networking and downtime as well as deal-making.

Over 100 leading international architectural suppliers will showcase new products and offer the latest innovations in surface solutions and 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 shows of its kind.

The theme for Architect@Work 2018 is light. Everything from practical applications to more artistic endeavours will be high on the agenda of the talks programme. Other show features include exhibitions by the SCIN Gallery, DAPh and, and the RIBA’s pop-up bookshop for architects and designers.

To complement the talks programme Architect@Work has produced 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 are available below. 

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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, 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

Sam Jacob, principal, Sam Jacob Studios 

Laura Mark, architecture projects manager, Royal Academy of Arts


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 nightclubs 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

We spend most 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 for 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 he often encounters and the innovative solutions his team employ to create indoor and exterior spaces that are well lit and inspiring. Working closely with clients, architects, interior designers and engineers, Nulty has built up an award-winning studio on the basis that collaboration is key to creating atmospheric spaces that don’t take a toll on the planet. He believes education and open discourse are paramount in making 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, meeting the 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

Anne Fehrenbach, associate, Stanton Williams

Alice Dietsch, director, AL_A

John McElgunn, partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Arfon Davies, Director, Lighting, Arup


Architect@Work UK runs 1pm to 8pm, 24 and 25 January 2018 at Olympia National Hall. Register here using code 1860


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