15 February 2017

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by Jo Harding

The Institution of Lighting Professionals supported the Light School event last week at Surface Design Show at the Building Design Centre in Islington, from the 7th to the 9th February, at the same time hosting a stand to promote education in lighting, one of the key mantras of the institution.

Now in its fourth year and growing from strength to strength, Light School featured 'lessons in light' by top UK lighting designers who explained to architects and designers how light works and how to use it in a fascinating variety of applications. The programme was organised by Light Collective and supported by the ILP. Key ILP member presenters included Emilio Hernandez from Nulty+, talking on the theme of lighting design culture and the difference of approach to lighting design in UAE and Europe. ILP members Michael Grubb Studio hosted a talk entitled ' Blobs, Scallops and Glowing Things: Serving up the language of light from the depths of the ocean' delivered by Stuart Alexander. Former ILP architectural Vice President, Mark Ridler was also a key speaker, expounding the myths and reality of humancentric lighting.

The ILP stand was busy promoting membership to lighting designers whilst also promoting the new programme of events for the 'How to Be Brilliant' series of talks. 'How to be Brilliant' is a series of educational talks geared especially towards students, apprentices and new entrants to the lighting profession, designed to help them hone their skills in various areas of the profession. The 2017 programme promises a list of revered lighting alumni including Rob Honeywell of MBLD, Tony Rimmer of Studio 29 and the intriguing title 'How to be Brilliant with Smoke and Mirrors' presented by Graham Rollins and Ingo Kalecinski of GNI projects. The programme is brought in collaboration with April DOrrian from acdc lighting, and Marshalls Design Space. Full details and free registration are available here:

Jess Gallacher, Operations Manager for the ILP commented that 'How To Be Brilliant has now taken on an identity and brand in its own right with the lighting design community and we are proud to be offering relevant educational training to young designers'.