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Are we still Lighting Designers? With Jonathan Rush

01 October 2020 13:00 - 14:00


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01 October 2020 | 13:00 - 14:00


Based on a talk originally presented at PLDC 2019 but updated for 2020, this presentation explores the role of the Lighting Designer in today’s world.  In a shifting landscape, there is an emphasis on accountability and social responsibility. Jonathan questions whether the term ‘Lighting Designer’ still fits or, whether this needs to be expanded to reflect changing expectations and responsibilities. Looking forward, Jonathan outlines some of the challenges the future may bring, highlighting an opportunity for Lighting Designers to embrace and lead change, rather than being overtaken by it.

Jonathan has more than 20 years of experience working in Lighting Design. Graduating from the University of Central England with a degree in Furniture Design in 1999, he went on to begin his career as a Lighting Designer. Jonathan joined Hoare Lea in 2005 and later completed the MSc in Light and Lighting at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. He is now a Partner at Hoare Lea, managing the Lighting Design Team, overseeing all project work and delivery in the UK and internationally.

Image: Dan Paton. SLL Night of Heritage Light 2017 - Radcliffe Observatory. Lighting Design by Hoare Lea.