10 theses on the issue of architectural lighting design and the specialised profession
A bases for discussion
1. Society is beginning to understand and accept the value and sense of designed lighting in our environment: the market is opening up for change. –> see the Nobel Prizes in 2014 and 2017. Neither associations, nor “The International Year of Light” managed to achieve that. Research did.
2. It is scientifically proven that light effects all living things, which means that evidence-based lighting design can exist.
3. Qualified and educated experts are needed to meet the requirements of the society and follow research.
4. A shift needs to take place: from selling good products to selling good quality lighting.
5. Technology and design are more closely linked than ever before.
6. Professionally designed lighting in architecture is part of a transdisciplinary process – light is an integral part of information and communication design.
7. Education and continuing professional development – also referred to as CPD – are key to survival within this changing market.
8. In future, clients will be able to verify a lighting designer’s skills and competences.
9. Being a member of an association is only part of being recognised and respected as a qualified lighting expert, but it is by far not enough.
10. An independent and accepted body is required to coordinate the lighting design market.