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BDP's Luke Smith-Wightmann wins Young Lighting Designer award

28 May 2009 12.00 BST

(UK) - Luke Smith-Wightman, Senior Lighting Designer at BDP, has won the award for Young Lighting Designer at the LumiVille awards ceremony held in Lyon on 27 May.

Les Trophées LumiVille is an international competition judged by representatives from LumiVille (the International Public and Exterior Lighting Fair), the French lighting designers association (ACE) and the City of Lyon.

Luke’s submission impressed the judges by focusing on his lighting design of the Stirling Prize nominated Westminster Academy (mondo*arc issue 49). The lighting team at BDP worked closely with the architect AHMM to maximise the daylight performance of the building and create stimulating, efficient and low maintenance lighting installations. BDP designed all internal and external lighting to both the school and the new sports building, including the new sports pitches.

Of his award which included a €3,000 prize, Luke said “I am delighted and honoured to win the ‘Jeune Concepteur’ award. The judging panel recognised the aesthetic, technical and operational quality of lighting design undertaken on Westminster Academy. This win is further confirmation of the good design work undertaken by the whole architectural and engineering team involved on the project.”

A young and enthusiastic designer, Luke joined BDP in 2002 bringing an excellent level of creative input to the lighting design process from his background in furniture and product design. With BDP’s encouragement, he and a business partner set up a bespoke furniture design company, Smith and Wightman, through which he has designed his own light fitting, the Liner II, which is being produced by Aether Lighting. Luke is also currently working with Martin Lupton, head of lighting at BDP, in giving conceptual advice for the design of a range of luminaires for a European Lighting Manufacturer, hoping to go into production later this year.


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