Olympia London, 24 - 25 January 2018

2018 features

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.

Clare Dowdy


Simon Allford, Director, AHMM

Simon is a co-founder and director of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, the Stirling Prize-winning architecture practice established in 1989. From AHMM’s base in Clerkenwell Simon leads a studio that works in London and internationally, engaging public and private clients in the exploration of a particular architecture’s potential to offer delight as well as utility.

Simon is Chairman of the Architecture Foundation, a trustee of the Architecture Association Foundation, and a visiting professor at The Bartlett, UCL and GSD Harvard where he ran a Studio in the Autumn Semester 2011. He has taught, lectured and examined at many schools and was recently Vice President for Education at the RIBA and a Chair of Design Review at CABE. Simon engages in the broader architectural discussion as a frequent writer, critic, teacher, competition juror, lecturer, examiner, advisor and commentator.

Simon Allford


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.

Catherine van der Heide


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.

Inessa Demidova


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.

Linda Morey

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