Living with light
A panel of expert designers will showcase the effect light can have in our homes, from artificial lighting to buildings shaped to let the sunlight in and create mood, atmosphere and space.
Chair: Dominic Lutyens, freelance journalist
Dominic Lutyens is a London-based arts journalist who also writes for The Guardian, The Financial Times, Elle Decoration, BBC Culture (online) and architonic.com. He is co-author of the books 70s Style & Design (Thames & Hudson) and Celia Birtwell (Quadrille) and author of Living with Mid-Century Collectibles (Ryland Peters & Small). www.dominiclutyens.co.uk
Christina Seilern, Director, Studio Seilern Architects
Christina Seilern established London-based creative practice Studio Seilern Architects in 2006. Applying her unique style across a range of building typologies, geographies and scales she re-engages in an approach that carefully addresses each project from an in-depth consideration of the detail to the overall massing strategy.
SSA was established with the intent of continuing the strong design ethos developed during Christina’s years as Founding and Design Director at Rafael Viñoly Architects’ London office. Christina tackles a wide range of projects from large-scale masterplans down to the more intricate scale of furniture and light fitting design. Her diverse portfolio includes RIBA-shortlisted Ansdell Street in Kensington, Gütsch – a gourmet restaurant in the swiss alpine village of Andermatt, award-winning Wellington College Performing Arts Centre in Berkshire, multi award-winning Gota Dam Residence in East Africa and Boksto 6 masterplan – a UNESCO heritage site in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Christina regularly explores the theme of structural lightness within her projects and explains that “Light is to architecture like pulse is to music, the witness of time, the metaphor of life. The artistic life of the building is expressed through the way it produces and modulates its light.”
Christina is a frequent panellist and guest speaker both in the UK and abroad and is also a regular juror for the AR MIPIM Awards, World Architecture Festival and PAD London.
Tatiana von Preussen, Director, vPPR
Tatiana von Preussen graduated in architecture at Cambridge University and Columbia University, where she was awarded the New York Society of Architects Award. She worked previously for Field Operations, in New York, on the construction of The High Line park and, in London, at Stanton Williams Architects and Stephen Taylor Architects. She taught third year studio at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture with Jeffrey Inaba and an Intermediate studio at the Architectural Association with Maria Fedorchenko.
Nic Howett, Associate, Jonathan Tuckey Design
Nic is an Architect with over 8 years experience in UK practice; his education has a particular focus on designing through making. An enthusiasm for materials and atmosphere has informed his work at Jonathan Tuckey Design where Nic works closely with models and prototypes to test the precision of onsite details.
For Jonathan Tuckey Design, Nic has worked on a variety of projects at different scales; he was the project architect for the Wilberforce School Annex, Frame House in Holland Park and Ironmongers in Hackney.
Nic has been an invited critic at the Arts University Bournemouth and recently taught a Diploma Unit at Birmingham City University.
Jon Miller, Founder, Architects' Republic
Jon Miller is the founder of Architects Republic, an online platform that represents 300 of the UK’s best architects with over a 1,000 of their projects. The website provides searchable portfolios, so that designers can be judged on the merit of the their work, rather than the location of their studio. As a practicing architect, Jon has a wealth of experience in the built environment and understands the needs of both client and architect.
Jon has worked for some the UK’s best architectural practices, including Will Alsop, Allies & Morrison and Pollad Thomas Edwards.
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