LightFair 2023 - The Big Apple
This year LightFair was held in May in The Big Apple – New York City – at the Javits Center. Five from the Oculus team attended and four were also selected to present on a variety of topics.
On Tuesday May 23rd, Archit Jain participated in a panel alongside Mariel Acevedo of ALR and Jeff Woodrum and Kurt Hamilton of Cherry City Electric, where they discussed the essential parts of the design process and working together to get the perfect end result. Archit was the designated “designer”, Mariel the “rep”, Kurt the “budgeter” and Jeff the “builder”.
It was lively dialogue about how lighting designers can design in a way that makes the construction process a little earlier, and how contractors can coordinate better with the design team.
The next day, Wednesday May 24th, Scott Hatton & Leslie Crapster-Pregont reviewed Oculus’ aquarium projects and the way we have used lighting to create a variety of natural environments for the animals and an experiential journey for guests. They had the opportunity to answer questions from the audience and give additional insights.
Later, Sarah Wang, along with Elif Ayalp of Arup Lighting, discussed lighting research and design techniques for urban exteriors. The talk discussed lighting design research from the field, design process and project case studies.
The team also had time to peruse the multitude of manufacturer booths, getting the chance to see products “installed” up close and personal. We make it a priority to keep learning about new technologies and products, so we are prepared with the information whenever the need arises. Finally, it is a chance to catch up with our friends in the lighting industry. Looking forward to the next LightFair in 2 years!