Iain Ruxton/UK

Up a Bit, down a Bit – lighting control isn’t rocket science

Presentation date: 25. October
Presentation time: 15:45

In his paper, Iain Ruxton addresses the general lack of understanding of lighting control and why it should be considered a core part of the creative lighting design process. Lighting designers will be shown ways of communicating control requirements effectively, and those working in lighting controls or luminaire manufacture will gain an understanding of what lighting designers want to achieve with lighting control.

Introduced by

Iain Ruxton/UK, Speirs + Major

Iain studied at the University of Glasgow and, whilst working as a graphic designer, became interested in lighting design for its mix of creative and technical skills.

Iain has over 25 years of experience as a lighting designer, joining Jonathan Speirs and Associates (later to become Speirs + Major) in 1996. During his time with the practice he has worked on a wide variety of projects including the Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach in Dubai, HBOS Headquarters in Edinburgh, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, Heathrow Terminal 5 and the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Several of the projects that Iain has worked on have been selected for awards including an IIDA award in 2007 for HBOS Headquarters in Edinburgh and an IALD Radiance Award for the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

One of Iain’s specific areas of interest and acknowledged expertise is the philosophy, design and technology of lighting control. He lectures widely at numerous events speaking on items ranging from lighting control and energy efficiency issues to narratives in lit landscapes and the semiotics of light. He has led teaching workshops and has written for both the national and international press.

Iain is a self-confessed technology geek, a keen photographer and outdoor enthusiast. He lives in Edinburgh and London.