• LED Linear to sponsor the popular Light Talks
  • The Broad Museum in USA and Sacred Heart Cathedral of Kericho Diocese in Kenya both win a Surface Design Award in the Light and Surfaces (Interior) Category. Lighting designers for both projects was Arup.
  • Redbridge College wins the Light and Surface (Exterior) Award. Designers were Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt
  • Enter your projects now for the 2018 Surface Design Awards. Entries must close on Fri 29 Sept.


Light Talks lecture programme is designed to inspire and educate about the latest lighting trends and further your knowledge on the relationship between light and surfaces.

Table Key
Brown: Education Focus
Green: Hospitality Focus


Tuesday 7 February

Time Timetable

Surface Design Show Opens


Light Collective

6.45-7.45 Blobs, Scallops and Glowing Things: Serving up the language of light from the depths of the ocean
Stuart Alexander, Michael Grubb Studio
7.45-8.45 Colour by Numbers
Christopher Knowlton, 18 Degrees
9.00 Surface Design Show Closes

Wednesday 8 February

Time Timetable
11.00 Surface Design Show Opens
11.15-12.15 Lighting Design Culture: Comparing UAE and European approaches to the lighting design process 
Emilio Hernandez, Nulty +
12.15-1.15 Seriously Light Hearted
Ingo Kalecinski, DPA
1.15-2.15 Communicating the Intangible: How we talk about light  
Kelli Zezulka, University of Leeds
2.15-3.15 Lighting for Learning Spaces: More than illumination
Dan Lister, Arup  
3.15-4.15 Micro-dynamic Effects of Light in the Restaurant Experience
John Lau, Firefly Lighting Design                     
4.15-5.15 Everything You Wanted to Know about Hospitality Lighting, but Were Afraid to Ask
Rob Honeywill, Maurice Brill Lighting Design
5.15-6.15 How Light Paints Surfaces 
Benz Rooz, Speirs and Major           
6.15-7.15 Daily Dose of Hospitality
Maida Hot, GIA Equation
21.00 Surface Design Show Closes

Thursday 9 February

Time Timetable
11.00 Surface Design Show Opens
11.15-12.15 Taking Control of Your Guests' Experience: How lighting and control can influence your guests' experience
Charlotte Svenson, Lighting Design International
12.15-1.15 The Devil is in the Detail: Why use a lighting designer?
Sanjit Bahra, Designpluslight

1.15-2.15 Adding the LUX to LUXury: A pictorial Strategy to Hospitality lighting
Gerardo Olvera, Light IQ
2.15-3.15 Human Centric Lighting: The myths and the reality  
Mark Ridler, BDP

3.15-4.15 User Experience, a Multidisciplinary Approach
Paloma Plumed Martin, Light Bureau
5.00 Surface Design Show Closes

Presented by Light Collective, the School Room attracted over 400 architects and designers in its first year!

Light School Supported by:

Luctra and Mondo ARC

A great opportunity to evangelise lighting to the architectural design community. This show has great reach- it’s a real pleasure to be involved.

Mark Ridler, BDP


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