UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


Professor Peter Raynham's Inaugural Lecture 'The lit environment: its context and history'

30 October 2018, 6:30 pm–9:00 pm


UCL IEDE would like to warmly invite you to the Inaugural Lecture of Professor Peter Raynham on Tuesday 30 October from 18:30 to 21:00.

This event is free.

Event Information

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UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


G06 Ambrose Fleming Lecture Theatre
Roberts Building
Gower Street
United Kingdom

This event will be chaired by Professor Alan Penn, Dean of The Bartlett, with responses given by Iain Carlile, President of the Society of Light & Light, and Colin Fish, President of the Institution of Lighting Professionals.

Please note registration for this event is from 18.00 to 18.30.


The Lit Environment is a useful term to describe what we create when we provide lighting for people. It is a useful concept as it is based around what users of the space will perceive in the area. The lecture will explore the history of the lit environment and examine the factors that have influenced lighting practice including technology and the way user's needs are understood.
It will then consider our current thinking in this area and try rationalise the different approaches taken by varying parts of the lighting profession. Finally the lecture will review current opportunities and constraints provided by technological change, sustainability and user expectations and equally importantly discuss what this means for the lighting profession.


Registration 18.00 – 18.30
Welcome speech 18.30 – 18.40
Lecture 18.40 – 19.25
Responses + Q&A  19.25 – 19:55
Reception 20:00 - 21:00

UCL IEDE gratefully acknowledges the support of the Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP) and the Society of Light and Lighting (SLL) for their help in promoting this event. 


Image: Mathematics exhibit at Winton Gallery Science Museum London © to Arup

About the Speaker

Professor Raynham

Professor of the Lit Environment at UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering

Peter Raynham has been working in the area of lighting for over 40 years initially working for lighting equipment companies before joining the Bartlett in 1996. At the Bartlett he has held a number of roles involved with both teaching and research. Peter is an active member of many lighting societies and is a Fellow of both the Society of Light and Lighting and the Institution of Lighting Professionals. Peter is also involved in standardisation and chairs the British Standards Committee on Light and Lighting and represents the UK on European and International lighting committees.

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