Lighting Design

Team

Our lighting team all trained with us as engineers before developing their specialism. This means they use their engineering background and attention to detail to inform and improve the overall lighting scheme for each and every project.

Jane Jackson

BEng CEng MCIBSE MSLL

Senior Lighting Designer

I take a great deal of pride in bringing historic buildings up to contemporary standards in terms of the quality of the internal environment and their efficiency in operation. It's satisfying to see beautiful old buildings being given a new lease on life.

During my time at the Practice I've worked on a range of cultural and education projects. For instance, I've acted as Project Engineer on Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood, been involved in the design phase of Cheltenham Ladies' College and the undergraduate library at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.  All of these projects involved working within the fabric of historic buildings to extend and upgrade facilities, with new-build elements.

As Project Engineer on Brentwood School Sixth Form Centre and Henrietta Barnett School, I led the delivery of naturally-ventilated classroom blocks with ground source heating combined with the refurbishment of existing buildings.

Caroline Webb

MEng CEng MCIBSE MSLL

Engineer and Lighting Designer

Inside the front door of our London office, inscribed on the wall, is a quote from Max Fordham.

It reads ‘start with the edge of the universe as a boundary and quickly narrow down to the specific problem’. To me, the essence of Max’s words is, keep an open mind.

When it comes to collaboration with clients, architects and other members of the design team, my mind is open. Regardless of the training people have, I’m always keen to hear what different people involved in the project have to say. I think great ideas can come from anywhere.

As a result of my studies in civil and architectural engineering, I bring a different perspective to both the conceptual and the technical. I’m an approachable professional and I love having a positive impact on the architecture.

Like every engineer at Max Fordham, I’m trained across a broad range of skills relating to mechanical and electrical engineering as well as building physics. I also have a specialty in architectural lighting and am really fascinated by the impact it can have. Lighting can make or break an interior space, and a building’s exterior for that matter. It’s an intriguing blend of science and creativity.

I’ve had the good fortune to work on a number of great projects with some talented design teams. So much of what we do as engineers is invisible or barely noticed by the people that use our buildings, and to me that is something of a triumph. But I love using light to enhance the character of a space, from the subtle to the spectacular. You might call it beautiful engineering.

Nick Cramp

BSc

Senior Partner

My specialisms at Max Fordham include passive systems, creative lighting design and environmental engineering, and I think it helps that I like to think of these subjects from first principles.

Only by understanding the underlying physics behind the environment we live in can we develop our designs along new directions, and come up with novel and practical engineering solutions. 

I believe the greatest example of sustainability is permanence, and so always aim to deliver systems and concepts which really work, and provide the best possible user experience in our buildings. 

I continue a relationship with many of our clients after completing a project. Much of the impact our installations have is not revealed until after a project reaches completion. I try to keep redefining the limits of what we can achieve, so that each project we are able to deliver more.

 

 

Lorenzo Patti

MEng

Engineer and Lighting Designer

My role is to create buildings that are more efficient, more sustainable and more comfortable. I do this by supporting the design process from the early stages.

I use innovative calculation tools to create a connection between engineering and architecture, building on my studies in architectural engineering. Through the use of data visualisation and graphics, I provide guidance to the design team on the effects of simulation inputs and outputs, which helps deliver effective communication of design ideas.

I am a specialist in climate-based analysis modelling for daylight and energy, exploring innovative design solutions at different scales, from site analysis for masterplanning to cumulative light exposure for museum and galleries.

I recognise the importance of modern building envelopes in order to deliver low energy buildings and to ensure the optimal thermal and visual comfort for the end user. I have developed skills in parametric building façade optimisation and also thermal bridging analysis for Passivhaus projects, and am currently working on Agar Grove, a major 493-home Passivhaus development for the London Borough of Camden.

I am also an architectural lighting consultant. I have been always fascinated by how light affects how we experience and perceive buildings. In my lighting projects I combine the latest, and most suitable, technologies and approach to deliver creative and functional solutions.

John Gunstone

MSci

Engineer

Buildings are agents of interaction. People interact with a building, which then interacts with the environment.

As a designer, I consider the interplay between all the design parameters of a building to help create something that works and operates coherently.  

It all starts with the brief - a straight forward brief doesn’t have to imply a straightforward solution. It simply identifies all the aspirations of the project that need fulfilling; it defines the boundaries. I investigate the brief until I understand exactly what and where those boundaries are. That allows me to work with creativity and freedom within them. 

I like to design the building as if there are no electrical and mechanical systems - how can the architecture be optimised to make a naturally comfortable internal environment? When passive design is doing as much of the work as possible, only then do I add tech to maximise building performance. The result is lean, well-developed engineering that supports the architecture.

Hazel Selby

BSc Phys MIET

Senior Engineer and Lighting Designer

I’m sensitive to the importance of aesthetics in architecture. Understanding the balance between look, performance and cost allows me to create affordable, workable and attractive engineering solutions.

Working as a Project Engineer has developed my problem-solving skills. I start from the brief, working out the gaps and finding solutions for the buildings services design. It’s important to plan for the unknown wherever possible, that way you can respond quickly if questions arise onsite.

With experience from concept design to site delivery, I’ve learnt how to analyse information and apply it to my project to get the best result. I always have the finished building in mind.

My lighting design projects allow me to work with the architect to ensure the lighting enhances their architectural vision. Lightning Protection at Transforming Tate Modern was no different – we took a standard component and innovatively applied it to a complex project, ensuring both the architect and structural engineer were happy with the result.

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