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Luminous Talks


Luminous Talks is a collaboration between Parsons The New School for Design and Philips, started in 2012. Luminous Talks brings together architects, lighting designers, academics, industry leaders and others to discuss innovations and current topics in the lighting design industry.


Luminous Talks 3, titled The Changing Room, explored the dynamic potential of environments in which both natural and artificial forms of light activate interior space. During a webinar in September and a symposium in November (2014) renowned speakers addressed this theme from a variety of perspectives, which include architecture, lighting design, science, and cultural theory. The event series closed with a philosophical examination of the November symposium by three graduate students at Parsons.

Watch the recordings of the illuminating events that were part of Luminous Talks 3. Just browse the video carousel and view the parts you missed or those you would like to view again.

More on The Changing Room

How are our perceptions of time and space shaped by the constantly shifting movement of natural light within an interior space, and what role do architectural materials and finishes play in forming these perceptions? How can new lighting technologies expand historical applications of artificial light and affiliation with natural illumination? Given our rapidly expanding understanding of the powerful effects of lighting conditions on the human body, what can cutting-edge scientific research tell us about the impact on our health as we move through and inhabit these highly changeable and interactive spaces? These are just some of the issues to be addressed in The Changing Room.

Meet the speakers

Luminous Talks 3 symposium featured presentations by various, renowned speakers. Click the speaker's names to read about their experience, acknowledgments and passion for design and architecture.



September webinar:

Reon brand

Reon Brand

Senior Research Director at Philips Group Design

Laura Taylor

Laura Taylor

 Design Director for Innovation at Philips Lighting

November symposium:

Prof. Jeffrey Schnapp

Harvard's metaLAB


Adam Yarinsky,

 FAIA Principal - Architecture Research Office


David J. Lewis,

AIA Associate Professor - Parsons; Principal – LTL Architects


Kevin Dowling,

PhD Vice President of Engineering, 4moms

February webinar:
Kiersten Hill

Kirsten Hill

Graduate student,

Master of Fine Arts

Sophia Mitchell

Sophia Mitchell

Graduate student,

Master of Fine Arts

Lee Ann Shaffer

Lee Ann Shaffer

Graduate student,

Master of Fine Arts

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Dec 14

Webinar: The Design of Integration: Pitfalls and Possibilities

Presented by Zachary Suchara


Jan 25

Webinar: Lighting for Visual Performance, Circadian Health and Safety in Older Adults

Presented by Mariana Figueiro


Feb 20

Webinar: Smart Cities World Webinar with Cardiff City Council

Presented by Matt Wakelam and Melony Rocque


Paul Traynor
Paul Traynor
Marlyn Zelkowitz

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