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The West Coast's New Lighting & Design Experience

Join us in 2023 in Los Angeles, CA for LightSPEC West, an event showcasing design and innovation in lighting for the built environment. Carefully curated by top industry experts, LightSPEC West is a networking, education, and solutions platform for specifiers and buyers of commercial and residential lighting and controls. With a program covering a wide range of topics vital to building designers, owners, and operators, the two-day conference and expo includes networking events, site tours; product showcases, and CEU accredited educational material in plenary and individual sessions as well as panel discussions. 

2022 Keynote Speakers

Craft and the Creativity Myth

Presented by: 
Thomas Paterson
Director, Lux Populi

AIA Approved Credit: 1-hour

In a building industry sector as demanding and specialized as lighting, a successful practice is based on discipline in craft, high quality design communication, and careful project documentation. The creativity required to deliver exceptional design projects is not a mystical quality granted to a select few at birth, but is a collective, distributed process facilitated by a deep understanding of fundamental limits, by a balance of different roles and strengths on the team, and by active and ongoing experimentation and learning. In this keynote, Thomas Paterson will explore the foundations of design in craft and how teams can develop a strong culture of excellence that redefines outmoded ideas of creativity.

Discovery Through Design: A Journey Toward Light

Presented by: 
Lawrence Scarpa,  
Principal, Brooks + Scarpa Architects 

AIA Approved Credit: 1-hour

Los Angeles architecture firm Brooks + Scarpa, recently honored with the 2022 AIA Gold Medal, is a multi-disciplinary practice that includes architecture, landscape architecture, planning, environmental design, materials research, graphic, furniture, and interior design services that produces innovative, sustainable iconic buildings and urban environments. Their exemplary work, which seamlessly blends architecture, art and craft, has garnered international acclaim for the creative use of materials in unique and unexpected ways, and challenges conventional approaches to design in order to more fully enhance the human experience. The firm has also been recognized for pioneering more holistic approaches to delivering award winning environmentally responsive designs. By reworking the processes of design and building – with material, form, construction, light, and even financing – the firm culls out latent potentials in their projects to make the ordinary extraordinary. This talk will describe Brooks + Scarpa’s journey of discovery with design as a way to connect people, places, and experiences.