Leading lights in workplace wellness
We spend the majority of our waking hours in the workplace but often the lighting is uncomfortable, if not detrimental to our health. Employees understand the importance of health at work and now often choose their future roles based on the quality of life they will get in the office. Why then are we so far behind with the design of artificial and natural lighting in the workspace? Who are the bright sparks leading us out of the dark?
Chair: Clare Dowdy, freelance design journalist
Clare has been writing about the business of design and architecture for 20 years. As well as a staff writer for Wallpaper and Design Week magazine, she had a regular column in the Financial Times for two and a half years. Clare currently works as a freelancer for titles including Monocle, The Guardian and Wired, and has written two books on design. She also organises and chairs industry events at London Design Festival and Clerkenwell Design Week.
Ceri Davies, Associate Director, AHMM
Ceri joined the practice after graduating in 1994, to work on North Croydon Medical Centre and the conversion of the Grade II* listed Battleship Building into fashion retailer Monsoon’s HQ. After a number of years working elsewhere, she returned to AHMM in 2007 and was promoted to Associate in 2010 and Associate Director in 2014.
Ceri’s wide-ranging project experience includes the successful competition bids for Walsall Bus Station, Kentish Town Health Centre and the refurbishment of Grade II listed Royal Court Theatre Liverpool. Completed recent projects include a mixed-use student accommodation scheme along Regent’s Canal in King’s Cross for Urbanest, White Collar Factory (concept stage) for Derwent London and the Google fit-out at 6 Pancras Square.
Her strengths lie in formulating conceptual ideas grounded in place and purpose, ensuring these are built upon during the life of a project. Current projects include housing in SW England for newly-formed developer Backhouse Housing and projects for Google both in Europe and internationally.
Completed Key Projects:
2017 Google fit-out at 6 Pancras Square, London
2014 Student Accommodation Camley Street, Camden
2001 Monsoon HQ
1998 North Croydon Medical Centre
1995 Walsall Bus Station
Catherine van der Heide, Associate, HASSELL Studio
As an interior designer at HASSELL, Catherine has worked on a diverse range of corporate projects in the London, Brisbane and Bangkok studios.
International clients have included Sky, JLL, Fora, dtac, PTTEP and Ashurst Australia. Catherine has been involved throughout all stages of both small and large projects, including, briefing, sketch design, detail development, finishes selection, documentation and project management. Her design skills also extend to residential, furniture and product design gained from her previous experience.
Catherine brings to HASSELL an innovative and user-orientated approach to each presentation and project she is involved in.
Inessa Demidova, Lighting Designer, Arup
Inessa Demidova is an architectural lighting designer working at Arup offices in London. With a background in spatial design and critical design thinking, her main interest is providing more meaningful lighting design serving people and places.
Linda Morey-Burrows, Director, MoreySmith
Linda Morey-Burrows is the founder and Managing Director of MoreySmith. She established MoreySmith in 1993, the culmination of a distinguished 32-year career in the interior design industry.
Linda’s expertise lies in interior design and architecture, most notably in workplace design. She is committed to addressing the psychological needs of the workforce in tandem with its physical and operational needs. Her clients span the full spectrum of business; from major entertainment and consumer brands to high-end residential projects.
Beautifully considered architectural solutions, highly rationalised design concepts, branding and property advice are the hallmarks of Linda’s approach. Linda is an expert in the major refurbishment and re-positioning of used stock and heritage buildings, always increasing the commercial value of a property, in some instances six-fold.
Linda Morey-Burrows committed, personable and intuitive working methods ensure a satisfied, familiar and loyal client base. During her career, Linda has become a highly respected and notable figure within the design industry, having forged relationships with some of the most influential players in property, development, design and architecture. She has been a guest speaker at numerous design industry events.
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