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Florence Lam is Lighting Designer of the Year

Florence Lam celebrates her win with colleagues and comic Ed Byrne

Florence Lam (holding her award) celebrates her win with colleagues and comic Ed Byrne

©Phil Weedon

Florence Lam received the accolade of Lighting Designer of the Year at the Lighting Design Awards hosted at London Hilton, Park Lane on 27 March.

Lam invited her Arup colleagues to join her on stage before making her acceptance speech. This caused LDA host and comic Ed Byrne to liken the spectacle to a football pitch invasion. The global leader for lighting for Arup paid tribute to her team as the secret of her success.

As a daylight and electric lighting specialist, Lam’s portfolio is broad and includes sporting venues, culminating in the Aquatics Centre and Handball Arena for the London 2012 Olympic Games. She has also worked with a number of artists, including Anish Kapoor to create the scheme for the ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Olympic Park.

ArcelorMittalOrbit(c)ArupThomasGraham

ArcelorMittalOrbit (c)ArupThomasGraham

“She believes in the concept of total architecture and that lighting plays an important part, not just in revealing the architecture of a space, but also in delivering a healthy environment for the occupants,” said one LDA judge.

A great encourager of talent, Florence works with graduates and lectures undergraduates on courses such as product design at Brunel University. She has also sat on the SLL Technical and Publications Committee.

“The award recognises not just a portfolio of excellent work but also her efforts in nurturing new talent and the way she constantly gives back to the industry,” said another judge.

Lam began with the practice in 1989. As global leader for lighting for Arup, Lam has more than 50 designers in Europe, the US, the Far East and Australia.

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