Full lineup of speakers unveiled for Light Space Design

19th February 2019

(Australia) – The Light Space Design summit, held in Melbourne on 27 March, will feature keynote speeches from NDYLight, Mint Lighting, Ramus Illumination, Arup and Michael Grubb Studios.

At the upcoming Light Space Design 2019 summit, to be held in Melbourne, Australia on 27 March, attendees will gain and share knowledge on how lighting should best fit into the overall design puzzle.

Supported by the Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV), the event will feature a variety of speeches, panels and networking sessions, allowing lighting and design professionals to engage in a distinctly Australian dialogue on maximising lighting design within a variety of settings.

Steve Brown, one of Australia’s most experienced lighting consultants and Director of NDYLight, will draw from his 30-year career to deliver an opening speech on the history and future of lighting design.

Brown will be joined at the summit by a group of talented and experienced local lighting professionals turned speakers. Ramus Illumination Founder/Creative Director Bruce Ramus will present on the intricacies of lighting public events, using his practice’s award-winning work on Perth’s Optus Stadium as a case study. Ramus will also discuss how new lighting technologies can be harnessed to elevate human experiences within such settings.

Zooming into a significantly smaller setting will be Mint Lighting Director Adele Locke. Through her presentation, Lifting Mood, Lighting the Home, Locke will explore how broader lighting industry shifts reflect best-practice solutions for residential lighting designs. The nexus between our increasing focus on energy efficient lighting and designing wellness-enhancing, aesthetically pleasing lighting for homes will be a key point of discussion throughout Locke’s keynote speech.

Elsewhere, Arup’s Florence Lam will take the stage to unpack how changing expectations for building tenants impact the way we should apply lighting within interiors. Lam’s skill in utilising light to draw out the architecture of a space will echo throughout her speech, especially when discussing the implications tenant preference shifts have on architects seeking to efficiently utilise light within their designs.

Meanwhile, UK lighting designer Michael Grubb will provide a big-picture view of lighting design, analysing whether lighting professionals would benefit from looking to the past or moving ahead with the times when evoking more alternative, out of the box methods of working. Creative Director of the eponymous Michael Grubb Studio, Grubb’s keynote will feature a variety of case studies, including his practice’s work on the darc award-winning Black Prince Road.

The packed lineup will also feature presentations from Martin Klaasen, Principal and Founder of Klaasen Lighting Design, who will discuss the challenges of lighting heritage buildings; Simon McCartney, Director and Partner of Illumination Physics, who will examine the challenges and opportunities of contemporary façade lighting; and Farah Deba, Senior Lighting Designer at Steensen Varming, whose Lighting Critical Areas talk will look at the lighting needs for healthcare environments.

Alongside this, the summit will include two panel discussions. The first – Achieving Cohesion Between Light, Space and Design: Effective Collaboration Between Design Professionals – will see David Bird, Director of 2B Designed, David Ritter, Associate Director at Atelier Ten, Donn Salisbury, Director of Electrolight, Nicolò Brambilla, Senior Lighting Designer at Schuler Shook, Robert Hamilton of Webb Australia Group and Illumination Physics Director/Partner Simon McCartney discuss the role that lighting plays in the wider design world.

The second, entitled New Parameters of Wellbeing-enhancing Lighting will tap into the ongoing debate surrounding the positive impacts that human-centric lighting can have on wellbeing. This debate will feature Anne Truong, Design Manager of Light Project, Antony DiMase, Principal Architect at DiMase Architects, Lighting Consultant Dave Anderson, Jenny Petschenyk, Architectural Lighting Consultant at H.I. Lighting and Laurie Aznavoorian, Senior Practice Director at BVN.

The programme for Light Space Design 2019 is filled with diverse content, covering topics including future-proofing retail lighting design, the challenges of lighting heritage buildings, lighting design for critical medical areas, and lighting up Australian hospitality venues.

Registration for the event is still open. IESANZ members can gain up to six CPD points when attending.


The five keynote speakers for Light Space Design. (Clockwise from top left): Steve Brown, NDYLight; Michael Grubb, Michael Grubb Studios; Florence Lam, Arup; Bruce Ramus, Ramus Illumination; Adele Locke, Mint Lighting.