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Captured Moment In Time

Poetry - Harmony - Pattern


Within our diminishing availability of time, we look inward to our cityscape to produce and nourish our human requirement. We lavish money on beautiful buildings that hold previous works of art, literature, object of past and present Masters, to inspire us and in essence view their documented perspective.

Hotel, advertising and religion all express their culture using Architects, Atmospheric consult sand and lighting designers (in one form or another) to translate their ideals not our physical world.

This studio delved into the increasing disconnect between ourselves and our built environment. The Studio I wrote and delivered in 2017 Semester 1 (First year) successfully delivered a course that responded to this by exploration into capturing a moment in time. The studio was split into a series of mini briefs by first researching our global international masters in Architecture, Sculpture and artistry from inspiration to creation. Then using poetry, rhythm and harmony as the tools of translation, broke down the components that contributed to this snap shot in time and emotion to create a temporal environment.

Illuminating Destination

Lighting Specialisation

Hotel and Commercial lobbies are used to show case companies brand/image and values. This course takes us on a journey through light & shade, colour rendering and way finding to creating a sense of arrival within these monumental spaces.

This course places a strong emphasis in identifying the design intent, inspiration and learning the necessary lighting tools to sculpt

these areas, creating a visual narrative between the physical experience in entering the space and companies aspirations.- In short “the essence”

The students explored surface texture under both natural and artificial light. Light sources, the placement of fixtures and light wells, along with the discovery of the shadow

The students also explored the freedom & parameters that temporary lighting installation can achieve without the restraints of longevity.


• Investigating the lessons learnt from nature that illustrate balance & harmony

• Experience the outcome of deviating from these natural guidelines

• Explore the relationship between colour/colour temperature and is psychological effect

• Research uplighting, reflective, direct and indirect lighting techniques using an array of different

light fixtures and lamp types

• Specification of lamp, beam, wattage/load and fixtures.

• Lighting Plans, Elevations and Visualisation

• Convey design concept into a full documented lighting design package.

Dining Illumination

Multi - Sensory Perception / Application

Lighting Specialisation

This course covered the art/science of Restaurant lighting, requiring the student to take the diner into a carefully constructed

Multi- sensory experience drawing on all of their 5 senses.

The students created environments based on their selected type of cuisine to create an atmosphere in which taste, intimacy, visual perception, sound & smell formed the diners over all experience, using light (sight) and colour as the narrator to the dinning experience.

The students explored colour rendering in relation to food. (Multi- colours) and the relationship between colour and taste.


Exploration into the selection of finishes, textures/luxury in context of the cost of meal, value for money, to high end dinning.

Gain the necessary tools to communicate the inspired concept through to documentation

Research into the behaviour of diners and their time allocation within a restaurant and how that relates to levels of light i.e. light levels are directly linked to how fast or slow the customer will stay in a given space.

Understand the location of light source to diner.


The Students will acquire the skills and understanding using light, this will cover:

• Colour rendering/ Presentation of colour

• Light and shade – intimacy

• Accent light – bring attention to the visual narrative/theme

• Ambience / Atmosphere

• Colour temperature

• Light levels

• Full lighting documentation

• Scene setting- luminaire grouping