Gillian Treacy/UK & Rachel Simmonds/ UK

Cool light? A study of Modernist studios

Presentation date: 26. October
Presentation time: 11:15

The audience will gain focussed insights into the historic understanding of the use and importance of light and lighting in the interiors of key Modernist architects, and be taken through an explanation of the key elements, both formal and theoretical, that supported the selected designers’ paradigms. Gillian Treacy and Rachel Simmondsaim to provoke contemporary designers to reflect on their own expression of design identity through the manifestation of their own and their clients’ lighting design aspirations in workplace environments.

Gillian Treacy/UK, University of Edinburgh

Gillian Treacy is a lecturer on Lighting in the Interior Design faculty in Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh. She is a registered UK Architect and architectural lighting practitioner, having studied Architecture in Edinburgh and the Ecole de Paris-Belleville and gained a Master’s degree in Light and Lighting at University College London.

Further to being named SLL Young Lighter of the Year in 2000, Gillian worked at Speirs and Major and Isometrix Lighting and Design. She founded her own design practice, Lightbase Studio, in 2006 and has won a number of awards including the Scottish Design Awards – Lighting 2016. Now working as a lecturer, Gillian continues to explore lighting theory and practice through her PhD studies.

Rachel Simmonds/UK, University of Edinburgh

Rachel Simmonds is Programme Director of Interior Design at the Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh. An architect by training, she combines teaching and practice both in the UK and overseas. In relation to her research, her architectural and interior design experience has influenced a variety of investigations around historic work spaces and urban typologies. She uses her industry experience to support her research into the design of future interior spaces, with an emphasis on offices of creative working and learning. Rachel is a registered architect and member of the RIBA and RIAS. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.