Lighting DESIGNers

The designers will select a shortlist and then each will lead a workshop with their team of students from RMIT. Each team will collaboratively design a lighting solution for each of the shortlisted project sites. Once the designs have been completed, they will then be published for a public vote, with the winner to be announced at the awards night in late August.

Jackson Stigwood

Founder - CRI Awards

Director - A Billion Suns

The CRI Awards were conceived in a courtyard over a Friday afternoon drink in March 2019. The idea stemmed from a piece of research which highlighted the amount of awfully lit urban spaces and buildings within our city. As a lighting design professional this concerned me, however for the majority of spaces and buildings it was out of my control. The solution was the CRI Awards, to ask the public what concerns them and gather support from the Australian lighting community to actually make it better, one space at a time. This is our goal together with creating a fun, refreshing and interesting awards event. 

David Bird

Director - 2B Designed

I see that the lighting industry needs to educate the wider community that good lighting does not just happen, it is designed. One simple way of demonstrating this is through the CRI awards. I'm passionate to spread the skillets that enable good lighting design. During my career as a lighting designer, I have found many instances where an unsatisfactory lighting installation has been transformed to a beautifully lit space with relatively minor and inexpensive changes. These typical such changes involve turning some fittings off, changing the optics, focus, or the colour of the light. The CRI Awards will demonstrate this when the selected entries are upgraded.

Fay Greenhalgh

Director - Glowing Structures

Love to learn, love to teach. My theory is that lighting does not have to be overly complicated to create a positive  impact -  small adjustments can make a big difference. With Melbourne’s amazing juxtaposition of architecture and culture this also come with a myriad of “unusal” lighting which I feel could be easily rectified to engage the public and improve the area or building without huge costs.

Jess Perry

Director - Electrolight

Light has changed me - I can't enjoy a nice meal anymore if the lighting is bad. Even before I worked with light I only ever noticed lighting if it was bad. Good lighting was simply part of the experience and often went unnoticed. Like most people I am predisposed to take more notice of the bad and the negative, and it only takes a drop of bad to tarnish all the good. This is human nature and it's a hard survival instinct to change. Bad lighting is no different, however using a few basic lighting design principles and a little bit of care and consideration we can send bad lighting back to the dark hole it belongs and start creating spaces that we can all enjoy.

Ingrid Baldwin

Director - FPOV

Like virtually everyone “in Lighting” – my arrival as a lighting designer was really a series of coincidences and a whole bunch of passion, coffee and hard work. This all led to the “lightbulb” (we call them “lamps” around here though!) moment that Lighting was exactly what I need to be doing with my life. I enjoy and excel at designing custom lights - which is great because that’s what most people think a lighting designer does anyway! I am very much looking forward to designing in more “darkness” with the CRI Awards and learning, teaching and making lighting related puns at any opportunity.

Ian Johnson

RMIT Lecturer

More or less. More, but less. Is that what light has become? As a commodity we cannot live without it. From finding our way about, performing tasks, our basic functionality is impaired by its absence.  Our senses are harassed by poor application. In the built environment light has a long history. I have built a career around the application of light, the technical characteristics of light and for over two decades provided education across the industry of all things light.
Today, more than ever, the science of light is leading us to a more profound understanding of how light is intrinsically linked to our biology and overall wellness. How we feel, how we perform, when we wake and how well we sleep. Light and lighting is too important to be compromised. Light can no longer be the commodity simply delivered at the lowest cost of ownership. Light and how we apply and deliver that light, in all its forms, with all its characteristics, in all its applications
must be carefully considered, planned and implemented. Extending knowledge and sharing in the education of light is what drives me. I understand and appreciate what lighting can do for people. That lighting can add tremendous value and benefit to our lives. Working with the most innovative and creative people – Lighting Designers, Architects, Interior Designers, Lighting Engineers, Scientists, Governments, Educators, End-users, Students – the people who shape our world today and who will create the world of tomorrow are my friends and colleagues. I am here to support the Cri Awards.