Light Middle East Defines Lighting Design

Published April 27th, 2006 - 06:57 GMT

Lighting depicts moods and environments; lighting design is an art form combining creativity with technical expertise; lighting designers across the globe have varied backgrounds; more frequently they are theatre set designers, engineers, architects, interior designers and photographers.  Messe Frankfurt, one of the world’s largest exhibition organizers, are hosting Light Middle East, May 14th – 16th, at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre, an inspiring innovative date for the diary where the world’s premier lighting designers will be offering their expert advice.

At Light Middle East a host of speakers will be taking part in the conference, which will serve as a platform for those seeking inspirational architectural lighting solutions. Heading in from the UK to speak at the Conference is internationally renowned Jonathan Speirs, who originally trained as an architect, has been in the lighting design field for over 20 years and formed Speirs and Major Associates with Mark Major. Jonathan will be signing copies of their book “Made of Light” at the show.  Mark Major, also a trained architect, will be speaking at the conference; together they have worked on numerous projects, most memorably the Millennium Dome, London.

Rogier van der Heide, Architectural Designer, Associate Director and global leader of Arup Lighting, The Netherlands, originally studied cinematography and theatre before entering the world of architecture.  Rogier has worked on many notable projects, within the region that would be the Sheikh Zayed Bridge, Abu Dhabi.

Gerd Pfarré, who founded Pfarré Lighting; one of the leading design firms in Germany, started in the field of product design, which led into Interior/lighting design projects. Gerd will be sharing his knowledge of project work, explaining the advantages of working with independent lighting designers.

Other designers speaking throughout the conference include Alan Mitchell, Kevan Shaw, Ted Ferreira, Mike Tatem, Marcel Chamoun and Durham Marenghi, theatre lighting designer, who created Lumitect, to offer the theatrical virtues of lighting design to architects. Durham lit the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Turin 2006 Winter Olympics.

According to some of the most renowned designers, mentioned above, there are a handful of requirements, which are essential in accomplishing outstanding lighting designs. Creating memorable environments, lighting can create an abundance of moods, scenes and statements.
Lighting design finishes an interior, exterior or building, and is an essential dimension within the field of architecture.

Light Middle East draws on the experience of its sister exhibitions:  Light + Building in Frankfurt – Biel Light + Building in Buenos Aires – The Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition and The Design Annual Frankfurt.
The Light Middle East Advisory Board
Light Middle East has created an advisory panel to test and further explore this vast developing market – Key international companies such as Philips, Osram, Sill Lighting UK, Massive and PLD Professional Lighting Design have combined with their key buyers to ensure that Light Middle East establishes itself as an industry event. These groups will act as a measurement to ensure that Light Middle East continually addresses the needs of the buying groups through the choice and solutions provided by the exhibiting companies through to the needs of clients and specifiers alike.

Editors notes

Jonathan Speirs
Jonathan trained as an architect and developed a passion for working with light and form early in his career. He has co-founded Lighting Design Partnership, formed Jonathan Speirs and Associates, as well as Speirs and Major Associates in 2003. Jonathan has won a number of international and national lighting awards, including the Lighting Dimensions, International Architectural Lighting Designer of the Year Award in 1997.

Mark Major
Mark trained and practiced as an architect before deciding to focus on the special relationship between light and architecture. Mark formed MRA Architects and Designers in 1989 and in 2003 formed Speirs and Major Associates with Jonathan Speirs. Mark has won a number of national and international lighting awards.

Alan Mitchell
Alan Mitchell has over fourteen years’ experience of practice as an independent lighting consultant. Project experience includes large-scale modern and classical exteriors, structures, bridges, atria, offices, hotels, shopping centres, aqua parks and museums and galleries. He has undertaken over 250 projects in 20 countries around the world.

Kevan Shaw
Kevan Shaw began work as a lighting designer for rock bands until foregoing this to realise some long standing ideas in lighting effects equipment, including developing a theatrical lighting effects system for D.H.A. Lighting in London. Since then Kevan has returned to Edinburgh to practise as a Lighting Designer in the architectural and exhibition area, and established Kevan Shaw Lighting Design.

Rogier Van der Heide
Rogier Van der Heide is an architectural lighting designer and associate director with Arup. Rogier is the Global Leader of Arup Lighting, and is a recipient of the prestigious IALD Radiance Award, the Lighting Designer of the Year Award, an Edison Award of Excellence, two Edison Awards of Merit, three International Illumination Design Awards as well as a British Lighting Design Award.

Durham Marenghi
Durham Marenghi has designed the lighting for a wide variety of Theatre, Opera, Dance, Trade, Concert, Heritage and Television Productions, in Britain and throughout the world and is the only British lighting designer to have lit the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of an Olympic Games. Durham is a member of The Society of British Theatre Designers, The Society of Television Lighting Directors, The Association of Lighting Designers and Equity.

Gerd Pfarré
Gerd Pfarré, IALD, DWB, architectural lighting designer, worked as a freelance designer in Milan and Berlin in the early eighties, and in 1989 joined the design and project planning team of Ingo Maurer, Munich. With his experience of over 200 lighting projects worldwide, he founded Pfarré Lighting Design, an independent lighting design practice in Munich, Germany, in 1998.

Ted Ferreira
Ted Ferreira has been actively involved in lighting and controls design of entertainment, retail, hospitality, gaming and commercial facilities for more than 20 years. His work ranges from conceptual design to project management and site supervision for more than 400 projects worldwide exceeding $8 billion in value. His work has earned numerous awards from the IESNA, AIA, TEA, USGBC and GE Lighting.

Mike Tatem
Mike Tatem has been involved in the international lighting industry for over 20 years, and is currently the International Business Development Manager for TridonicAtco GmbH developing markets for lighting control product in markets outside Northern America and Europe. He has presented a number of papers on the subject of lighting control gear and energy savings throughout the world.

Marcel Chamoun
Marcel Chamoun is currently acting as Deputy Manager for the Middle East and North Africa for the Citelum Group. He is involved in bringing “A Different Light for the City” to more than 25 million inhabitants across the globe, in various activities ranging from Design, Supervision, Complete Management, to Turn Key Projects for Artistic Lighting, Public Lighting, Traffic
Management and Access Control.


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