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Architectural lighting has the power to really shape and transform a space. All too often it is considered as an after-thought. But what if it were your first consideration? This session looks at how lighting can be used as an intelligent design tool, and a primary source of inspiration in the initial stages of concept design.

Join panel members Mark Talbot (Architectus), Donn Salisbury (Electrolight), Danilo Mandelli (Delta Light N.V.) and Pascale Gomes-McNabb (PGM Design) and Moderator Andre Tammes (Design Matrix) for this illuminating session.

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André Tammes

André is a designer with over 50 years’ experience in stage, architectural and environmental lighting whose work continues to be informed by 20 years in stage production lighting design and theatre consultancy.

He co-founded Lighting Design Partnership (LDP) with Jonathan Speirs in 1984 in Edinburgh, Scotland and was also responsible for establishing LDP’s Sydney office in 1996. He is currently the Development Director for Design Matrix, an India based architectural lighting design group.

In addition to his design work, André has been influential in the development of lighting design as a distinct profession. He has been responsible for numerous architectural lighting design projects across Europe, Scandinavia, Middle East, India, China, SE Asia and Australia.

Mark Talbot

Mark joined Architectus in 2019 bringing to the company almost 30 years of experience in architecture, interior architecture and industrial design. He has worked in world-class studios in Australia, London and Hong Kong. Most recently, Mark led client and project acquisitions at Geyer having previously managed the company’s Sydney studio.

Mark has diverse and comprehensive expertise across the residential, hospitality, commercial, education, health, mixed-use and aviation sectors. His project experience encompasses future-focused flexible workplaces such as the Suncorp Sydney Headquarters at 10 Shelley Street, luxury residential developments including Hong Kong’s 129 Repulse Bay Road, and significant master plans for clients including Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Art.

Throughout his accomplished career, Mark has demonstrated an ability to align client briefs with optimal architectural solutions that are underpinned by both experience and contextual analysis. A natural and hands-on leader, Mark is skilled in managing resources and facilitating open collaboration between design teams, clients and stakeholders.

Donn Salisbury

Donn is Director of Electrolight, an independent lighting design studio with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and San Francisco. Electrolight stands as an industry leader on an international stage, recently awarded the 2019 International Lighting Design Practice of the Year at the LDA awards in London.

Donn’s 20+ years experience in lighting design exhibits a combination of creativity, innovation and accolades. With a background in visual arts, creative design and engineering, coupled with a passion for lighting and the visual realm, Donn’s insight and leadership drives his team of talented designers toward modernism of illumination design in the built environment and the world of light art.

This approach has gained the respect of his peers, affirmed by the receipt of multiple awards including 17x International Lighting Design Awards and 22x National and State Lighting Design Awards. Donn’s experience and reach across the design industry is widespread, with involvement in the design of more than a thousand projects over the past 20 years.

Donn is a member of the IALD and IES, and has a long past and ongoing role in the lighting community, currently seated as the NSW Coordinator for the IALD, as well as past roles in the IES, Objective:Light, Property Council of Australia and the GBCA.

Danilo Mandelli

Danilo Mandelli is the Director of Project Management at the architectural lighting brand Delta Light.

Developing bespoke lighting solutions, Belgian company Delta Light has collaborated with internationally acclaimed architects and designers such as OMA, Dean Skira, MVRDV, Peter Zumthor and others.

Danilo’s project management and creative solutions for high-profile projects have showcased his talent in design consultancy.

He has been invited to be a speaker at several events, such as the Dubai Design Week and NextGen Design Forum. In 2019, he was invited to be a judge at the Dezeen Design Awards.

Pascale Gomes-McNabb

Pascale is a critically acclaimed and award winning Melbourne-based designer with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.

With a bold take on design, she is influenced by the exploration of architecture, art, travel, food, nature and culture. An ex-restaurateur, she has created some of Australia’s most respected, award-winning establishments including Cumulus Inc., Cutler & Co, Penfolds’ Magill Estate Restaurant and Stokehouse among others.

Pascale’s design work includes commercial and residential interior landscapes to furniture, objects, jewellery and lighting. She creates holistic environments that merge art and design, delivering visually engaging, intuitive and thought provoking yet intensely functional nuanced designs.

In 2015 her interest in art and artists led her to establish with Terry Wu – John St Studios in Brunswick. Pascale is delighted to be an ambassador for the 2020/21 Melbourne Art Fair.

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