Dr. Ute Besenecker is a design researcher and educator focusing on the impact of lighting on human perception, behaviour and well-being in spatial environments.
Invited Keynote Speakers
Each session at PLDC is to be opened by an invited Keynote Speaker addressing all attendees of the convention. Keynote addresses are presentations from invited renowned lighting designers, architects, light artists, researchers, politicians, photographers or personalities from related fields.
The Steering Committee selects the Keynote Speakers according to market developments and trends, the latest research findings and/or exemplary lighting design or architecture.
Former Keynote Speakers include Howard Brandston, George Brainard, Davidson Norris, Chris Wilkinson, Alexander Rieck, Deborah Burnett, Philippe Rahm, Paul Marantz, James Carpenter, Kai-Uwe Bergman, Martin Lidegaard, Prof. Arnold Nesselrath, Michele Molé, Martin Bremer and Kathryn Gustafson who delighted the audience with their works and thoughts in the past events.
Having worked for a number of years in the fields of marketing, sales and strategic business development, he founded the company DMP1 GmbH in January 2019. The company develops unique strategies for digital outdoor advertising locations.
Marc Engenhart is based in Stuttgart/DE. He teaches design as a visiting professor, provides design consultancy services and regularly publishes articles on artificial intelligence, design research, and the contemporary reception of experience, socio-cultural development and urban quality through music.
Jan Rotmans is a socially engaged scientist, with more than 200 publications in the field of climate change and global change modelling, sustainable development, and transitions and system innovations.
Itai is a practicing architect and researcher and the founder of the Conscious Cities movement; a new field of research and practice for building people-centred environments that are aware and responsive.
American artist Janet Echelman reshapes urban airspace with monumental, fluidly moving sculptures that respond to environmental forces including wind, water, and sunlight.
PLDC attendees have seen a number of great Keynote Speakers over the years.
A PLDC history.