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SEEING THE LIGHT

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The AJ, Lighting magazine and sponsor Lutron brought a panel of architects and lighting designers together to discuss their working relationship.

THE PANEL:

Mark Bax BDP
Maurice Brill Maurice Brill Lighting Design
Tony Ingram 3DReid
Kieran Long editor, The Architects' Journal
Mark Major Speirs and Major Associates
John McRae ORMS
Ray Molony editor, Lighting
Davide Padoa Design International
Theo Paradise-Hirst Max Fordham an Partners
Lee Prince Light and Design Associates

In his 1923 manifesto Vers une Architecture, Le Corbusier wrote: ‘Architecture is the masterly, correct and magnificent play of masses brought together in light. Our eyes are made to see forms in light; light and shade reveal these forms.’ Le Corbusier was talking about natural light, which is traditionally seen as the architect’s domain. Lighting designers focus on artificial light and how it can improve the architectural experience.


To investigate this relationship, the AJ, along with sister magazine Lighting and sponsor Lutron, brought a panel of architects and lighting designers together to talk about their roles.


Following a brief history of artificial light from Spiers and Major’s Mark Major, the group came to a unanimous decision: light should be an integral part of the architectural programme.

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