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Building As Luminaire: A Design Charrette Workshop


Workshop at The LED Show/Strategies in Light
Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 8:00 am -12:00 pm
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA

Intended for anyone in lighting, architecture, construction, operations, or maintenance who wants a better understanding of how lighting – natural and electric –drives architecture, this half day design charrette workshop focuses on designing three different buildings, each in different climate zones, whose first requirement is to provide optimal light. The charrette will simulate the early conceptual phase of an integrated design process, where many disciplines interact closely to set parameters and explore possibilities in form, massing, siting, systems, materials, energy, health and wellness, and connection to the local environment and ecosystem. 

The presenters will provide detailed background material on the history of architecture and light; old and new technology for lighting and daylighting; IoT; advanced façade systems; energy efficiency and sustainability; and relevant recent case studies for light-driven buildings. A short but specific design brief is given that sets the hypothetical Owner’s Project Requirements and Basis of Design; locations; climate zone data; cultural environments; and construction budgets and schedules. Class participants divide into teams to develop design solutions, while speakers serve as advisors-at-large to the teams. Then each team, competing to “win” the project, presents to the speakers, who serve as hypothetical client owners representatives. 



Elizabeth Bishop,
Senior Designer Façade Engineering, Arup
A licensed architect in the US, Elizabeth has over a decade of practice with complex high profile projects in the US and UK, including  the Burj Khalifa and KAPSARC. As both an architect and a facade engineer, she has worked through all design and construction phases. Before Arup, she was a Lead Designer at Zaha Hadid Architects in London for five years, and an Architectural Designer at Skidmore, Owings, Merrill in Chicago for three years. She has a Masters in Architecture from Tulane University and a Masters in Environmental Design and Architecture from Yale University. 


Enrique Peiniger, Office of Visual Interaction
As a principal and co-founder of Office for Visual Interaction, Enrique Peiniger, Dipl.-Ing., M.A., Assoc. AIA, MIES, IALD, has integrated cutting-edge lighting technology for leading historical, contemporary, and avant-garde structures, including the Canadian Parliament, EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the new LED streetlight for New York City. The firm’s work has been recognized with the highest honors, including the IES Lumen Award of Excellence, IALD Award of Excellence, and World Architecture News’ Lighting Project of the Year. Enrique has led lighting design workshops and presented at professional lighting congresses and universities worldwide, such as Light + Building in Frankfurt, Yale University, and PLDC conventions in Berlin and London. In 2004, he was appointed as the lighting expert for UNESCO missions to Kuwait. Enrique has also taught at the Technical University of Berlin and at Parsons The New School for Design, where he was appointed as a distinguished faculty member.


Jeremy Steinmeier, Gensler
Jeremy is a modernist architect and lighting designer with a passion for design and construction. His award-winning projects include single and multi-unit housing, retail facilities, and commercial projects. He was a Senior Architect and Lighting Designer with Architecture and Light in San Francisco, and completed several projects for award-winning architects including Studios Architecture, Tigerman McCurry, Wong Logan Architects, Tom Elliot Fisch, and Heidi Richardson.


Clifton Stanley Lemon, Clifton Lemon Associates
Clifton works with manufacturers and design organizations in strategy, product development, marketing, and customer experience. Clifton was formerly Marketing Communications Manager for Soraa and Director of Business Development at Integral Group. He is the President of the Illuminating Engineering Society, San Francisco Section, and is on the Advisory Boards of Strategies in Light/The LED Show, Lightspace CA, and LightShow West.