Presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York

March 19–20, 2024
New York Hilton Midtown, New York City

2020 Take Me to the Bridge

Take Me to the Bridge

Wednesday, August 19
8:00am – 9:00am

Facade/Bridge Lighting

Credits: 1 AIA LU

Before we focus on the bridge, we should focus on the light and what light bring to bridges and their surrounding space, whether that is a built up urban space or a simple woodland - Lighting can turn spaces into experiences.

By using the captivating power of light we can change the way people see and react to bridges in context with the environments and space around them. By lighting a significant structure such as a bridge we can make the normal interesting, we begin to make icons iconic.


  1. Why is architectural lighting to a bridge so important, what does it bring?
  2. The 6 types of bridge and how the designer must consider their characteristics in design and the 5 fundamental methods of applying to a bridge
  3. How does the specifier ensure that lighting is a key element as part of a multi-disciplinary design team


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Graham Whittaker, Zumtobel Group

Graham has lectured extensively throughout the UK and Australia and has also spoken at numerous conference events in the UK, Europe and Australia. While in the UK he was part of the team that created the British Council for Offices Guide to Lighting written by leading lighting professionals practicing in the office sector and providing guidance on how to specify good office lighting. In Australia Graham worked with the Green Building Council of Australia on the creation of a Lighting Comfort Credit, the aim of the credit is to encourage and recognize well-lit spaces that provide a high degree of comfort to users in addition to working with the GBCA Graham was an active member of the Lighting Council of Australia meeting with the heads of various manufacture and Australian standards to work on various lighting topics that effected the lighting community in Australia.

Since joining Zumtobel US in 2015 he has continued to lecture throughout the US and has spoken at various conferences including the IES conference in Portland 2017 where he presented a white paper on Bioadaptive lighting he is currently a member of the LIRC and advisor on Lighting Education to the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Within Zumtobel he has been involved in the creation of numerous application documents such as Lux to Lumen, Lighting for the workplace, Lighting fort the Outdoor Built Environment and Lighting for Education. He is currently involved in numerous global application activities within the group.