Welcome to GrayLight. I’m Carl Gray, and I’ve established GrayLight to contribute to the creation of beautiful, functional, sustainable buildings via my three career passions – Lighting. Sustainability. Services.
The Australian Institute of Architects’ use of the role of ‘Creative Director’ for its awards events has prompted me to consider the roles of the architect, the lighting designer, and the project team more generally. Parallels with between the worlds of architecture and movie-making can be drawn (the Architect as Director) and in the process perhaps some lessons can be learned about vision, hierarchy, and collaboration.
Richard Kirk Architect were appointed as the creative directors for the AIA 2013 Queensland State Architecture Awards. I had the great privilege of working with Kirk to lighting the awards setting. Working against a limited budget and very restrictive weight limitations on rigging, a simple and effective lighting scheme was developed to enhance the sculptural forms of Kirk’s display design.
In a rating tool like Green Star, how can one compare the relative benefits of widely dissimilar sustainability initiatives? And especially in the category of Indoor Environment Quality, how do we assess intangible or practically immeasurable benefits? One possible approach for the next generation of rating tools is to apply the concept of ‘Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs’ to the indoor environment.