Engaged and Reactive: Shifting Perception with Dynamic Lighting

If architecture is “the play of masses brought together by light”, (Le Corbusier, 1923), it follows that the perception of form shifts, with changing light. Through a series of case studies and a deconstructed look at the components of dynamic lighting systems, this seminar aims to demystify interactive programmable lighting systems. We aim to provoke a discussion of how architecture can emphasize identity in an increasingly mediatized and illuminated built environment. We will look at the role of the architect in shaping this environment and reflect upon the relationship of content vs. medium, both in heritage and new construction. 

Session Details

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Thursday, May 25th, 2017: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
1.5 Structured/Core AIA LU
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Session Speaker(s)

Conor Sampson, OAQ, MALD, IESNA, RAIC, ISO

Architect and lighting designer, CS Design

Conor Sampson, the founding associate of CS Design, is a lighting designer and registered architect. He teaches lighting design at McGill University and has practiced lighting design in NYC, Washington, and Montreal, working for the offices of George Sexton Associates, Thompson + Sears, LLC, and Lightemotion. He has been the lead on numerous projects in the institutional and commercial realm.

Anne-Marie Paquette

Lighting designer, CS Design

Anne-Marie completed her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture with distinction from McGill University in Montreal as well as a certificate in Entrepreneurship from the University of Toronto. She is interested in manipulating our environment in order to positively influence our productivity and our well-being. In this pursuit, she has transformed classrooms and laboratories at McGill University in addition to start-up office spaces in Toronto.

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24-27 May 2017
Ottawa, Ontario

About Us

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Ontario Association of Architects have partnered to present the 2017 Festival of Architecture May 24-27, 2017 in Ottawa.

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