Light & Wellness: Designing Your Lighting Ecosystem

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm | The Catalyst Loft: 701 Pike St, Suite 2125 Seattle, WA 98101

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Lighting is a powerful design tool and in recent years research has increased our understanding of the physiological and psychological effects of light, and demonstrated how that understanding can drive how we better design the built environment. For as well as serving our immediate functional, visual needs, and enhancing comfort, aesthetics, and security, lighting can have profound impacts on occupant health, sleep patterns, alertness, and productivity.

In this fall’s Thought Leadership Series kick-off, we are exploring the benefits of thoughtful lighting design including cutting edge research on circadian rhythm lighting design with Marty Brennan of ZGF and Richard Spry of Sazan.

Richard, who brings 25 years of experience in the field after graduating with a Masters in Lighting from the Bartlett School of Architecture, has worked on lighting projects around the world in a number of markets ranging from healthcare to hospitality, workspace to retail. Marty, who is a project architect by day, has turned his passion for the science behind circadian rhythm lighting into a nationally known level of expertise with multiple published articles on the subject including Metropolis Magazine.

At the end of this session, attendees will leave with a toolkit that includes strategies that you can use both at home and work to enhance your projects/lives with lighting while balancing costs and increasing project collaboration.

This event is 90-minutes in length and includes a meal, presentation, and a panel discussion. Please RSVP below; the event is limited to 40 attendees. We look forward to seeing you.


Marty Brennan

Marty Brennan, Associate Principal, ZGF

Marty Brennan is a project architect within ZGF’s project performance team with a focus on sustainability and wellness. He brings over ten years of experience across project types ranging from workplace to healthcare. Brennan recently co-authored Outcome-Based Design for Circadian Lighting: An Integrated Approach to Simulation & Metrics and developed the open-source Grasshopper plugin LARK, a tool for designers to visualize circadian light. Brennan is currently working on the Microsoft headquarters modernization project and a spectral lighting system for a neonatal intensive care unit.

Richard Spry 1

Richard Spry, Senior Lighting Designer, Sazan

An established professional within the lighting industry for over 20 years, with an ever-increasing range of experience from product design and manufacture through project management, design, construction, and post-construction, nationally and internationally. Passionate about light and its effect on our built environment and the people that inhabit it. Equally passionate about sustainable design and the effective translation of design ideas to real and lasting built structures and spaces.

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