Middle East Lighting Design Summit 2018

2-3 May 2018
Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
Dubai, UAE

Summit Agenda

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DAY 1 - 2nd May 2018
08:30 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:20

The Future of Lighting Design

  • New trends in lighting design – Changing the way lighting interacts with architecture
  • Role of digitalization in lighting design – What are future trends?
  • Lighting design concepts that improve functionality, maximize use of natural light and result in energy savings
  • Visual appeal – The fusion of lighting with design adding a richness to the ambience


Gerd Pfarré, Managing/Design Director, Pfarré Lighting Design

Gerd Pfarré
10:20 - 10:40

Façade Lighting – Giving Structures a New Facelift

  • How buildings act as a canvas for LED lighting systems – Using innovatively designed façade lighting to highlight building appearances
  • Lightshows – Transforming the building’s façade into an artistic lighting installation
  • The need for urban lighting policy to control the risk of being over-illuminated and how to tackle it
10:40 - 11:00

Roles Reinvented – The New Age Lighting Designer

  • Lighting designer’s role in the construction administration phase
  • Challenges of the profession in today’s day and age
  • What does the future hold in store for lighting designers?


Michael Grubb, Creative Director, Michael Grubb Studio

Michael Grubb
11:00 - 11:20

Lighting Systems of the Future – Transforming Light in the Age of Digital

  • How technology has merged with lighting – Reducing costs with increased integration
  • From luminaires to connected lighting systems – What is next?
  • Delivering new experiences with updated applications and functionalities
11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:10

Is There a Need for Collaborative Lighting Design?

  • Approach to collaborative lighting design
  • Benefits and opportunities in merging different aesthetic sensibilities
  • Challenges faced in delivering the best projects
12:10 - 12:50

Interactive Panel Discussion: Architectural Lighting 2.0

  • How advanced is the Middle East region in adopting new ideas?
  • Between bigger is always better and less is more, where is the architectural lighting design market headed?
  • Light as art: Impact of lighting in contemporary architecture
  • Illumination techniques: Creating fluidity between indoor and outdoor spaces
  • Challenges of lighting modern architecture

Ben Corrigan, CEO, Bluehaus Group
David Gilbey, Associate Lighting Designer, UMAYA Lighting Design
Dr. Nabyl Chenaf, Professor of Architecture and Dean of the School of Architecture, Art and Design, American University in Dubai
George Katodrytis, Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture, American University of Sharjah
Giammaria Ravetti, President, Spacecannon
Jennie Binchy, Director, Binchy and Binchy Architecture

Ben Corrigan David Gilbey Dr. Nabyl Chenaf George Katodrytis Giammaria Ravetti Jennie Binchy
12:50 - 13:30

Interactive Panel Discussion: Human Centric Lighting – More than just a Concept

  • Adding value – Using light to improve health and emotional wellbeing
  • How organizations are modifying and implementing lighting systems to increase productivity
  • Measuring the effects of human centric lighting – Is this the lighting of the future?

Farah Naz, Team Leader, Sustainability Associate, Buro Happold Asia India and Middle East (AIME)
Gerald Strickland, Director, Middle East Lighting Association
Hervé Collignon, President and Founder, HOOKS Strategy & Innovation
Jan Denneman, Principal, Global Lighting Association
Linsey Thomson, Assistant Professor of Interior Design, Heriot-Watt University
Maja Kozel, Principal Designer, Maja Kozel Designs
Omid Rouhani, Project Director, Aukett Swanke Architectural Design

Farah Naz Gerald Strickland Hervé Collignon Jan Denneman Linsey Thomson Maja Kozel Omid Rouhani
13:30 - 13:40

Address by Lunch Sponsor

13:40 - 14:40


14:40 - 15:00

How Does Ambient Lighting Affect You?

  • The underlying power of ambient lighting
  • Importance of ambient lighting in putting together a great lighting plan
  • Human health & ambient lighting – Understanding the impact
15:00 - 15:40

Interactive Panel Discussion: Rethinking Urban Lighting Design Concepts and Techniques

  • Illuminating city landmarks with inspiring visual experiences: Combining aesthetics and technology to enhance city lighting
  • Enhancing architecture with lighting at night: Combining lighting with design in enhancing urban spaces
  • Urban lighting design challenges & key strategic solutions

Hrvoje Cindrić, Associate, Middle East Urbanism Leader, Arup
Nikos Moskofidis, Associate, dpa Lighting Consultants FZ LLC
Paul Miles, Principal Lighting Designer & Partner, Light Touch PLD LLC
Regina Santos, Associate Lighting Designer, Godwin Austen Johnson
Rodrigo Roveratti, Associate Lighting Designer, Nulty+

Hrvoje Cindrić Nikos Moskofidis Paul Miles Regina Santos Rodrigo Roveratti
15:40 - 16:20

Interactive Panel Discussion: Retail Lighting – A Focus on the Importance of Light

  • Good lighting is the most effective merchandising and marketing tool
  • Lighting design and light distribution techniques that allow the product to take the limelight
  • Using modern lighting solutions to pique consumer interest

Andrea Sensoli, Principal Architect, ASZarchitetti
Benjamin Malhotra, Creative Director, ODG
Gerd Pfarré, Managing/Design Director, Pfarré Lighting Design
Juan Hildebrand, Managing Director, Schwitzke Middle East
Melani Sabhaney, Partner & Design Director, Interspace
Tobias Honey, Senior Design Manager, VE Experts

Andrea Sensoli Benjamin Malhotra Gerd Pfarré Juan Hildebrand Melani Sabhaney Tobias Honey
16:20 - 16:30


16:30 - 17:00


DAY 2 - 3rd May 2018
09:20 - 09:50


09:50 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:20

How Lighting Design is Linked to Visual Perception

  • How does the human brain react to changing visual perceptions? Understanding the role that lighting design plays
  • Leveraging lighting architecture to influence visual perception
  • Adopting a design strategy to provide a positive visual perception
10:20 - 10:40

Lighting Colour Temperature

  • Hues of light influencing the mood and colouration of the room
  • Why is colour temperature an important element in lighting design?
  • How to use colour temperature to your advantage?
10:40 - 11:20

Interactive Panel Discussion: Public Lighting Design Strategy – Changing the Way Our Cities Look

  • How are lighting systems and techniques evolving as cities change?
  • Creative lighting solutions shaping public spaces and cities of the future
  • Infusing technology and creativity in outdoor lighting projects
  • Improving city experience with public lighting design – How does lighting make a positive impact to city architecture?

Alan Mitchell, Creative & Managing Director, neolight
Alan Wildes, Design Manager, Atkins Global
Basel Kotob, Practice Leader, HOK
Faraz Izhar, Senior Lighting Designer, KEO International Consultants
Tanas Khoury, CEO, Light Concept LLC
Waleed Fakousa, Senior Associate, CD+M Lighting Design Group

Alan Mitchell Alan Wildes Basel Kotob Faraz Izhar Tanas Khoury Waleed Fakousa
11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:10

Enhancing the Style Quotient with Decorative Lighting Fixtures

  • Accentuating your décor with decorative lights – Its role in interior design
  • Is it only about the element of functionality or is there emphasis on the style quotient as well?
  • Integrating sustainability and its challenges
12:10 - 12:50

Interactive Panel Discussion: Lighting Installations in the Hospitality Industry – Setting the Right Mood

  • Transforming the ambience with lights – Need for customized lighting
  • Achieving that ‘perfect light’ combination to achieve customer satisfaction
  • How is the hospitality industry adapting with the advancements in lighting technology?
  • Bringing about flexibility and creativity with IoT enabled automated lighting systems

Christian Merieau, Managing Director / Partner, MMAC Design Associates
Deepu Raj, Principal Designer, LET Design Lighting Consultants
Nadine Atta, Director of Design, The First Group
Patricia Lopez-Yanez, Associate, Delta Lighting Solutions
Rikus De Kock, Senior Lighting Designer, Illuminate Lighting Design
Vinod Pillai, Principal of Lighting Design, LW Design Group

Christian Merieau Deepu Raj Nadine Atta Patricia Lopez-Yanez Rikus De Kock Vinod Pillai
12:50 - 13:30

Interactive Panel Discussion: Lighting as a Design Tool – Importance of Lighting in Interior Design

  • Major drivers of indoor lighting management
  • Striking a balance between the use of natural and artificial light to enhance spaces
  • Creating an exceptional environment – How lighting solutions add to the aesthetic appeal
  • How lighting accentuates key elements and helps enhance the interiors
  • Digital infrastructure and how it impacts the design of indoor lighting systems

Cameron McPherson, Design Director, IHG
Ellen Søhoel, Founder, XBD Collective
Firas Alsahin, Managing Partner, 4SPACE Interior Design
Lotfi Amara, Associate & Head of Interior Design, RSP
Nader Gammas, Founder, Nader Gammas Lighting Design
Stuart Allen, Managing Director & Founder, Allen Architecture Interiors Design

Cameron McPherson Ellen Søhoel Firas Alsahin Lotfi Amara Nader Gammas Stuart Allen
13:30 - 14:10

Interactive Panel Discussion: Daylight Design Strategy – More of a Necessity than a Luxury

  • How is daylight planning interspersed with a building’s design process?
  • Incorporating natural light to transform spaces – Effective strategies and techniques
  • Natural lighting as a key design element – Accentuating spaces with daylight
  • Putting the focus on sustainable design practices using natural light
  • Case study – Lighting design at the Apple Store

Basel Kotob, Practice Leader, HOK
DJ Armin, Managing Partner, ZAS
Isabel Pintado, SVP & Managing Director, Wilson Associates – Middle East & Africa
Patrick Bean, Director of Interior Design, Lacasa
Richard Fenne, Principal, Woods Bagot
Samer Alomar, Senior Design Architect, DAMAC
Sneha Divias, Architect and Founder, Sneha Divias Atelier

Basel Kotob DJ Armin Isabel Pintado Patrick Bean Richard Fenne Sneha Divias
14:10 - 14:20


14:20 - 15:20


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2-3 May 2018

Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
Dubai, UAE



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