Olympia London, 23 - 24 January 2019

2018 features and seminars

Wednesday 24 January 2018

16:15 - 17:15

Seminar room

Frozen light

Photography and architecture have a long and complex history. The best way to communicate buildings and spaces to a global audience is to freeze them in a moment in time as light enters the camera lens. How is this changing in the 21st century, with the proliferation of smart phones and an obsession with social media.

Chair: Francesca Perry, Assistant Editor, Blueprint

Francesca is the assistant editor of Blueprint Magazine, one of the UK's leading publications on architecture and design. She is also the founding editor of Thinking City, a website dedicated to exploring city life, a panel member of Design South East, championing better design in the built environment of south-east England, and a steering committee member of the Academy of Urbanism’s Young Urbanist network. Francesca is also a keen photographer of place and space, having formerly worked professionally as a music and event photographer.

Francesca Perry


Phil Coffey, Director, Coffey Architects

Phil Coffey founded Coffey Architects in 2005 to pursue a passion for architecture, people and place. He is a hands-on studio leader, and enjoys the process of building strong client relationships to deliver exceptional projects that inspire and delight.

Phil is a regular contributor to the debate on architecture and urbanism, including public speaking and written and broadcast commentary for press. Phil is active on both the Lewisham and Islington Council Planning Design Review Panels, a UCL Bartlett design critic and a RIBA external assessor for the undergraduate and master programmes at Cardiff University, Welsh School of Architecture. He is also a curator for Lighting Magazine, and an active member of the Van Alen Institute – an independent, international non-profit architectural organization, dedicated to improving design in the public realm. Phil has judged several industry awards, including the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize twice, Lighting Design Awards, Manchester Society of Architects, Grand Designs House of the Year and Surface Design Show.

Phil is currently doing a PhD in Creative Practice at the University of Cardiff. He is studying the elements of architecture that are important to us, including light and threshold, and their relationship to our sensitivity to our environments. Phil has also recently launched an international rolling research programme with collaborating London-based architects entitled Londonon.

Phil Coffey


Paul Raftery, Architectural Photographer

Paul has a BA (Hons) BA specialising in photography and film and has worked as a photographer and video maker for over 25 years. His personal work has been exhibited in cities such as New York, Berlin and London amongst others. The architectural images have been published worldwide and the videos (made with Dan Lowe) have been shown in galleries such as the Royal Academy of Arts (London),and the Gagosian (New York). They have also been shown in festivals such as the Berlin Short Film Festival and the Art and Design Film Festival – New York.

Paul has lived in London, Marseille (in the Unite) and Paris and currently resides in the south of England.

Paul Rafferty


Sam Jacob, Sam Jacob Studios

Sam Jacob is principal of Sam Jacob Studio for architecture and design, whose work spans scales and disciplines from urban design through architecture, design, art and curatorial projects. He is Professor of Architecture at UIC, Visiting Professor at Yale and columnist for Art Review and Dezeen. Previously he was a founding director of FAT Architecture.

Sam Jacob


Laura Mark, Architecture Projects Manager, Royal Academy of Arts

Laura Mark is an award-winning architecture critic, curator, film maker, designer and musician. Trained as an architect Laura spent five years in architectural practice before joining the editorial team of the Architects’ Journal. She went on to become the magazine’s digital editor, where she led the redesign of the AJ’s website, and later became architecture editor. During her time at the magazine Laura won numerous awards for her work including title of IBP’s Multi-media Journalist of the Year in both 2015 and 2016. She has gone on to contribute to a number of books on architecture and the built environment. Laura began film making in 2015, and the subsequent work she has produced is concerned with creating a visual understanding of the feeling and delight of architecture. Her film, Zaha Hadid: A Legacy (2017), has been shown at the London Architecture Film Festival, The Anise Gallery, and the New York Architecture and Design Film Festival. She is currently running a new awards programme at the Royal Academy of Arts which celebrates the culture of architecture.

Laura Mark

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