ARCHITECT@WORK, the carefully curated two-day trade show aimed at architects, interior designers and specifiers, will return to Olympia National Hall, London for its 2018 edition on 24 and 25 January.

Over 100 leading international architectural suppliers will showcase new products at this year’s ARCHITECT@WORK, offering the latest innovations in surface solutions, lighting technology as well as interior and exterior fixtures and fittings. All exhibitors go through a rigorous selection process, with an external judging panel overseeing the product selection to ensure that this is one of the UK’s most highly respected trade shows of its kind.

The theme for ARCHITECT@WORK 2018 is light. Everything from practical applications to more artistic endeavours related to light will be high on the agenda for the talks programme. Other show features include exhibitions by the SCIN Gallery, DAPh and, and RIBA’s Pop-Up Book Shop for Architects and Designers.

The talks programme spans two days, with each offering in keeping with this year’s theme of light. Wednesday 24 January will feature the talks ‘Living with Light’ at 3 pm; ‘Frozen light’ at 4:15 pm; and ‘Lighting London’ at 5:30 pm. ‘Living with Light’ will see a panel of expert designers showcase the effect light can have in our homes, from artificial lighting to buildings shaped to let the sunlight in and create mood, atmosphere and space, chaired by Dominic Lutyens, freelance journalist, with input from: Christina Seilern, director, Studio Seilern Architects; Tatiana von Preussen, director, vPPR; Jon Miller, founder, Architects’ Republic; and Jonathan Tuckey, director of Jonathan Tuckey Design.

‘Frozen Light’ will explore the long and complex history of photography and architecture. 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. ‘Frozen Light’, chaired by Johnny Tucker, editor of Blueprint, will ask how this is changing in the 21st century, with the proliferation of

smart phones and an obsession with social media. Other panelists will include: Phil Coffey, director, Coffey Architects; Paul Raftery, architectural photographer; and Sam Jacob, Sam Jacob Studios.

‘Lighting London’ will focus on lighting in its role of shaping our experiences of urban landscapes. The ways we interact with public spaces, bridges, streets, squares, bars and night clubs are being constantly redesigned to inspire and delight once the sun goes down. This talk will be chaired by David Michon, with participation from: Sarah Gaventa, director, Illuminated River; Helen Marriage, director of Artichoke; Simon Keeling & Set Benson, founders of In Situ; and Joy Nazzari, director of dn&co.

Thursday 25 January will navigate through the topics ‘Leading lights in workplace wellness’ at 3 pm; ‘What architects should know about lighting’ at 16:15; and ‘The art of light and art’ at 5:30 pm.

Leading lights in workplace wellness will look at how many of us spend the majority of our waking hours in the workplace where 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. The questions of why we are so far behind with the design of artificial and natural lighting in the workspace and who the bright sparks are leading us out of the dark, will be addressed. Clare Dowdy, freelance design journalist, will chair this session whose other contributors are: Simon Allford, director of AHMM; Catherine van Der Heide, associate at HASSELL Studio; Inessa Demidova, lighting designer at Arup; and Linda Morey-Burroughs, director of MoreySmith.

In the session ‘What architects should know about lighting’, Paul Nulty discusses the role of the lighting designer in contemporary architecture, paying particular attention to common mistakes he often encounters and the innovative solutions that his team employ to create indoor and exterior spaces which are well lit and inspiring. Working closely with clients, architects, interior designers and engineers, Paul has built up an award-winning studio on the basis that collaboration is key to create atmospheric spaces that don’t take a toll on the planet. He believes that education and open discourse are paramount to the creation of beautiful environments for everyone. Mat Wating, editor of mondo*arc will chair this session.

The final talk, ‘The art of light and art’,
will examine the way in which cultural venues often lead the charge in terms of high-end design, with huge technical challenges brought about by the requirements for sensitive and beautiful works of art. Visitors to galleries and museums expect inspiring spaces and these buildings often go on to win a raft of design

awards. An informed panel of speakers consisting of Anne Fehrenbach, associate at Stanton Williams; Alice Dietsch, director of Amanda Levete Architects; and John McElgunn, partner at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, will discuss their projects and the complex issues they face, both in the UK and abroad.

ARCHITECT@WORK is free for registered trade visitors, and offers complimentary catering throughout the event, encouraging networking and downtime as well as deal-making.