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Architects about light and lighting design

Joint cycle of lectures from MARCH and Delta Light.

Architecture does not exist without light, be it daylight or electric light; it is light that brings life into architecture and fills it with meaning and function.

"Millennia went by, each with its own architecture, but it was not until the 20th century that the invention of electric light shook its foundations far stronger than the familiar combination of steel, glass and concrete"
At some point lighting drifted into a purely utilitarian sphere and became equated to the design of the other engineering systems of a building. A clear line was drawn between the responsibility of the engineers in charge of the technical aspects of lighting and that of the architect creating an image of space.

Perhaps, this is the root cause of the architects' mistrust for lighting designers, who wed both the technical and aesthetic aspects of lighting in their profession.

Lighting Design is a relatively new profession that has incorporated all knowledge about light. Light and man, light and space, light and architecture all fall under the responsibility of the lighting designer. He helps bring out architecture and retain its functional purpose. It also studies man’s psychological, biological, and psychological perception of light. Delving deep into this narrow field, the lighting designer becomes a specialist with a unique set of knowledge and skills going far beyond the boundaries of "conventional" lighting design.
Can the lighting designer become the architect’s partner and ally in producing a project?

Do architects have any fears or prejudices about working with lighting designers?

What guarantees success to a partnership between the architect and lighting designer?

How do the architect and lighting designer organize their work on a project?

Is there any obvious benefit for the architect from bringing a lighting designer into the project?

Can the architect do without the lighting designer’s services in the future once he/she has tried them?

Douglas Haskell Architecture critic
Natalia Markevich
Lighting designer

Curator of the Lighting Design course at the Moscow Architecture School (MARCH).
Author of lectures and workshops on lighting design.
Speaker at the Urban Forum, SIYUM, Office Next.
30.09 | Rick Joy and Claudia Joy-Kappl
Guests of first meeting:

Rick Joy is the founder and principal of Studio Rick Joy.
He is considered an important contributor to the ongoing global discourse on conceptual and sustainable architecture. His work expresses innovation and exactitude in modernism and reflects a unique sense of place.
Honors include receiving the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture in 2002 and in 2004 winning the prestigious National Design Award from the Smithsonian Institute/Cooper-Hewitt Museum.
In 2015, Rick was vested into the American Institute of Architects' College of Fellows and the Royal Institute of British Architects' RIBA International College of Fellows.
He was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in a Javits Center event in 2019.
Other professional affiliations include The College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, Tucson MOCA Advisory Board Member.
Rick lectures internationally and periodically serves as visiting professor at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, Rice University, M.I.T. and the University of Arizona.
He is also the co-owner of CLL Concept Lighting Lab with his partner Claudia Kappl Joy. CLL provides full-service lighting design for all SRJ projects in addition to outside firms.

Claudia Joy-Kappl
Since Spring 2019 recognized as CLD – Certified Lighting Designer, Claudia holds Master Degrees in Architecture and Architectural Lighting Design and has more than 16 years of professional experience in both fields. For more than twelve years, she has been collaborating with Rick Joy and his team, where she has been managing the conceptual lighting design and held responsible thru to implementation on several award-winning projects. She regularly lectures, co-teaches and has been participating in Art Installations in Arizona and Alaska. She contributes to and assists peer artists and architects with their projects in Arizona, Alaska, New York, California, Washington State, Colorado and Texas. Claudia frequently joins desk critiques and chairs for reviews and juries at the UofA – University of Arizona and other schools of Architecture, Design and Lighting Design and since 2019 teaches a lecture course with focus on Lighting at the UofA.

The meeting will be held in English with simultaneous translation into Russian.
It starts at 19:00 Moscow time.
You will receive a link to the broadcast on the day of the event by email.
14.10 | Alexander Volkov
Guest of this meeting:

Alexander Volkov – architect, founder of the Alexander Volkov Architects bureau.
After graduating from the Moscow Architectural Institute with a degree in Industrial Buildings, Volkov started his career at the Alexander Brodsky bureau and a few years later co-founded the M17 architectural studio.
In 2017, he launched his own Alexander Volkov Architects bureau, which is the exclusive partner of the Dutch Van Rossum furniture brand in Russia.
In 2019, Volkov became a co-founder of the Sphagnum brand of designer products.
Alexander Volkov has over 40 realized projects in his portfolio, some of them prize and award winners. For instance, the K135 apartments project was among the European Property Awards winners while the NV/9 Volkov Architects project received the RUSSIAN PROJECT 2019 prize in the Office/Public Zone category.
In his projects Alexander pays great attention to lighting, which creates a certain atmosphere and, if used properly, is a form-building element of the interior.
Alexander Volkov Architects is one of the few Russian bureaus, which cares much about lighting in its projects: one look at the Chefs table project for the White Rabbit Family, the Groza and Syrovar restaurants in Kostroma and the KDS 7 apartments will be enough for you to see it with your own eyes.

The meeting starts at 19:00 Moscow time.
You will receive a link to the broadcast on the day of the event by email.
02.11 | Alexander Kratovich
Guest of this meeting:

Alexander Kratovich is an architect, designer, decorator.

He graduated from the architectural faculty of BPI in Minsk with a degree in Industrial Architecture.

He worked as a chief project architect at the Belpromproekt design institute, was a member of the technical council for industrial architecture. He worked in Germany in the Bauplan Consult architectural bureau and also collaborated with German companies. Currently, he is the founder and head of his own architectural and design studio.

Alexander is an IAAM professor, laureate of international architectural competitions, awarded the UNESCO medal, awarded the Grand Prix of the Belarusian Interior Design Competition, nominated for Interia Awards (Moscow) and also is the expert jury chairman of Belarus Design Award.

His works have been published in Architectural Digest, ELLE Decoration, SALON, Interior + Design and others.

The meeting starts at 19:00 Moscow time.
You will receive a link to the broadcast on the day of the event by email.
19.11 | Yuri Grigoryan
Guest of this meeting:

Yuri Grigoryan is an architect, founder and partner of the Meganom bureau.

In 1991, he graduated from Moscow Architectural Institute, where he now runs his studio.
In 1998, he founded the Meganom bureau in partnership with Ilya Kuleshov, Alexandra Pavlova and Pavel Ivanchikov. From 2011 to 2014, Yuri Grigoryan was the director of the educational program at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design. He regularly speaks at conferences and takes an active part in the development of the architectural community in Moscow.

The meeting starts at 19:00 Moscow time.
You will receive a link to the broadcast on the day of the event by email.
01.12 | Rama Mendelsohn and Marco Sbarra
Guests of this meeting:

Rama Mendelsohn is a lighting designer, the founder and owner of Rama Mendelsohn Lighting Design studio in Tel Aviv. She received a Bachelor's degree in Interior Design from the College of Management in Israel and a Master's degree in Interior Design from The New York School of Interior Design in the USA. After graduation she worked on many projects as a lighting designer in Israel. Rama's awards include winning the 'Israeli Design Awards' in the Lighting Design Category (2017), the 'Gold Level' in the Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Category (2018).

Marco Sbarra is an interior designer and the owner of Studio I'M in Bnei Brak (Israel). He graduated with honors from the Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome. After graduation he collaborated with Italian and Israeli companies and studios. Marco is a two-times winner of the 'Israeli Design Award' in 2018 (for the restaurant Kitto Katto) and 2019 (for the restaurant TYO) also nominated with his project Pop & Pope in 2020.

The meeting will be held in English with simultaneous translation into Russian.
It starts at 19:00 Moscow time.
You will receive a link to the broadcast on the day of the event by email.
16.02 | Natalia Mastalerzh
Guest of this meeting:

Natalia Mastalerzh
is an architect, a partner of the NOWADAYS office architectural bureau, a member of the Union of Moscow Architects.

NOWADAYS office is an architectural bureau founded in 2013 in Moscow. The partners are Nata Tatunashvili, Natalia Mastalerzh and Anna Kopeina. Since its foundation, the bureau has been working with large architectural public objects, creating unique public interiors and exhibition spaces. The MARS Multimedia Art Gallery in Abrau-Dyurso, the concept of the AMMA Museum of Contemporary Art in Norilsk, the reconstruction of the Jewish Museum and the Tolerance Center in Moscow are among the bureau's projects. The bureau has won several architectural competitions and is currently working on a project of the new Moscow Kremlin Museum on Red Square and its permanent exhibition.
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