The Art and Science of Architectural Lighting

The Art and Science of Architectural Lighting
The Art and Science of Architectural Lighting 

1 Formal CPD Point 
Live Face-to-Face Event

Date: Tuesday 21 March 2022
Time: 1 pm start, finishing 2pm AEST
Where: Australian Institute of Architects Tasmania Chapter Office: 1/19A Hunter Street, Hobart
Cost: Members - $10; Non-Member $20



Join us as we explore the theory and application of architectural lighting design. In this course, our presenters guide us through their approaches to lighting in ways that consciously enhance the overall design and functionality of a space. 

Participants will learn how to apply lighting design to create a more subtle yet dynamic space, whilst providing adequate illumination, and crucially, minimising wherever possible the use of artificial lighting.

In this course you can expect to receive the following practical guidance:

  • Where to use light - exploring alternatives to a “traditional grid of downlights “
  • Using the best products and technology to achieve fewer downlights: Fitting selection and quality  
  • Fixture costs and energy comparison  
  • How to use indirect lighting techniques to create a more subtle effect yet achieve light levels.
  • Where to use visible forms of illumination and where to reduce or remove them altogether

This program celebrates the delightful and inspiring interplay between the spaces we conceive and the worlds of light, shade, tone, and atmosphere that, when harnessed, have the potential to elevate our visions for each architectural design.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Use artificial lighting to highlight form without over lighting and emphasis with artificial lighting
  • Specify quality products and keep them on spec
  • Explain how quality fittings can reduce initial costs, installation and maintenance costs and energy consumption.
  • Apply a suite of lighting techniques for effect
  • Areas and requirements of light levels etc. visible light and wayfinding.

NSCA 2015 Performance Criteria

This course will deliver outcomes related to the following Competencies from the 2015 National Standard of Competency for Architects:

Assessment of project budget and timeframe against project requirements and objectives..

3.3 Design response incorporates assessment of the physical location and relevant wider regional, contextual and environmental issues.
3.8 Application of manual and digital graphic techniques and modelling to describe three dimensional form and spatial relationships.

4.4 Inclusion of expertise of relevant specialists and consultants in developing the project design.
4.7 Coordination and integration of appropriate environmental systems, including for thermal comfort, lighting and acoustics.

6.5 Nomination of quality and performance standards with regard to selected materials, finishes, fittings components and systems. 


NSCA 2021 Performance Criteria

This course will deliver outcomes related to the following Competencies from the 2021 National Standard of Competency for Architects:

PC 33
Be able to investigate, coordinate and integrate sustainable environmental systems – including water, thermal, lighting and acoustics – in response to consultants’ advice.

PC 41
Be able to coordinate and integrate input from specialists and consultants into the detailed design and documentation. 
PC 45
Be able to nominate and integrate quality and performance standards with regard to selected materials, finishes, fittings, components and systems, considering the impact on Country and the environment, and the whole life carbon impact of the project. This includes integrating life cycle assessments and other expertise and advice from consultants.




Adams’ background in both Interior Design and Lighting Design allows him to creatively respond to aesthetic and functional issues relating to spaces design. Recent International experience whilst designing in London for more than 4 years has added a further dimension to his extensive design skills. Adam has extensive knowledge of the lighting product market and is involved in all stages of the design process including concept, design presentation, development, equipment selection, cost planning and lighting control system applications.

A concerted emphasis on ensuring an understanding of energy conservation and ways it may be maximized are aspects which are considered to be fundamental design solution. This expertise allows him to produce sound and durable lighting solutions that satisfy the client as well as the final occupant of the space. Adam has received numerous meritorious awards of excellence from the Illuminating Engineering Society at both state and international levels in various categories, including; Retail , Commercial, Residential and External spaces.

His extensive experience in the areas of the built environment, historical and modern spaces alike, have successfully proven his ability to consider various surroundings and spaces. An eclectic mix of creative lighting concepts and practical consideration to technical requirements ensures an ability to design a unique lighting concept to complement and accentuate a clients envisaged scheme.




After renovating numerous private properties Fay trained at Michael Popper Associates, a multi-disciplinary Mechanical and Electrical Engineer consultants and gained experience from the basics of emergency lighting to working with the Director to produce bespoke fittings for many RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) award winning projects. In this time Fay hand built numerous light installations one being over 25 meters long for an adult learning center.

For over five years Fay worked as a Senior Lighting Designer at John Cullen Lighting in London where she specialised in high end residential lighting design as well giving lectures on lighting, fittings and effects to Architects, Interior Designers, Landscape Designers and the general public. Fay has written numerous articles on lighting for various magazines including House and Gardens, House Beautiful and Build It. Fay has also appeared on Karen Le Blancs TV show The Design Tourist (USA) to discuss energy efficient lighting ideas. Fay’s passion for Architectural history has led to her lighting Heritage buildings such as The Jerusalem Chamber at Westminster Abbey, Madresfield Court in Malvern (UK) and The Forum, Melbourne. Fay proactively works with the end clients and Architects to produce a uniquely personal scheme for each project.


This session will be presented face-to-face at the Australian Institute of Architects Tasmania Chapter Office: 1/19A Hunter Street, Hobart.                                                                                                                                                                            


Members $10
Non-Members $20