Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

When we’re not working with light, we’re sharing our knowledge. We have an true passion for anything to do with lighting design, and we’re keen to pass on that passion to others in the industry.

Our CPD talks are for architects, interior designers, engineers, project managers, quantity surveyors and other consultants who want to broaden their knowledge of lighting design and the built environment.

If you’d like us to create a customised seminar just for you or your company, get in touch using the contact page, or email info@michaelgrubbstudio.com

Alternatively, come and see one of our up and coming talks, which can be found all over the world. Details of forthcoming events and some of our recent talks can be found below.

Garden and landscape lighting: a collaborative approach

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As the founder and managing director of Michael Grubb Studio, Michael Grubb has worked on a wide range of landscape projects across the world. In this talk, he shares his insights and experiences of illuminating landscapes across a number of projects such as the acclaimed Cloudy Bay Discovery Pavilion at the 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the Royal Terrace Gardens in Torquay and Claremont Park, part of the £7 billion Brent Cross Town development.

  • Michael Grubb
  • FutureScape, ExCeL London

Starting out in Design

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This panel will discuss what it takes to become established in the world of design; whether the opportunities presented are always fair and available to all; and what lead designers could do to promote marginal groups within design.

  • Michael Grubb
  • Business Design Centre, London

The Future of Lighting Design

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Michael captivated the audience at the AIDI 2022 National Congress in Naples with his insightful outline of The Future of Lighting Design.

What is the impact of digital transformation on the lighting industry? What will the role of lighting design be in the future? How can lighting designers influence the adoption of the circular economy? These are some of the key topics Michael Grubb discussed.

Image credit: Raffaele Ferraro

  • Michael Grubb
  • Naples, Italy

Michael Grubb attends [d]arc sessions 2022 as a keynote speaker

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As a key note speaker, Michael held his talk with a range of specifiers in attendance, as he spoke about his multiple award winning project, Bath Abbey.

Bath Abbey achieved incredible success at this years [d]arc awards, winning not only the Places – High Budget category, the project was awarded the coveted ‘Best of the Best’ award.

This award is given to the project that received the most amount of votes out of all the project category winners.

  • Michael Grubb
  • [d]arc sessions, Arabian Gulf

The Story of Lightplay

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Michael captivated the audience at the Surface Design Show at the Business Design Centre in London with the story of Lightplay.

Influenced by the desire to forever capture the ethos and ambience associated with sunset, Michael told the story of how our studio collaborated with the local community to create Lightplay – an interactive and playful backdrop to Royal Terrace Gardens in Torquay.

To read more about our recent project, click here.

  • Michael Grubb
  • Surface Design Show, UK

The search for a new reality

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The paper will raise an awareness of the journeys of other art forms whilst encouraging contemplation on how this can be related to lighting. Lighting designers will be inspired to consider new ways to approach the lighting of spaces which historically regularly follow a ‘set approach.’

  • Melissa Byers
  • PLDC, Rotterdam, Holland

Educating Retail Clients

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Greta presented her talk, “Educating Retail Clients” which built upon research undertaken and presented at PLDC 2018, Singapore. The result being the successful creation and implementation of a sustainable spotlight, as well as the establishment of a circular economy with major retail client, LUSH.

  • Greta Smetoniute
  • PLDC, Rotterdam, Holland

Lighting Design: An Alternative Roadmap

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The lighting design industry and evolved significantly over the last 20 years, but are lighting design practices moving with the times or is there an alternative way of working? Michael Grubb will present an alternative guide based on how he built his practice, case studying various projects and how they materialised.

  • Michael Grubb
  • ExpoTrade, Melborne Convention Centre, Australia

For the love of cables

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Stuart’s talk focused on the production of new wireless technologies in architectural lighting and questioned whether this technology is succeeding in replacing the humble cable. The talk was streamed live – and as you can see he even made a t-shirt for the occasion.

  • Stuart Alexander
  • London Design Festival, DARC Room

Learning from the past to improve the future.

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Greta Smetoniute & Matt Waugh have taken on their own side project to identify the amount of embodied energy that goes into producing luminaires, with the objective of trying to fully understand the potential of producing a 100% sustainable product. The paper will share the results and offer ideas for the future.

  • Matthew Waugh & Greta Smetoniute
  • PLDC, Singapore

What’s Light got to do with it?

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Stuart will be presenting ‘What’s Light got to do with it? What’s Light but a second hand experience?’ – which will look at some of our most recent public realm lighting schemes and how we turned unnoticed spaces into places.

  • Stuart Alexander
  • LUX Live, London Excel

Lighting in the Modern World

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The internet changed everything. Online and Offline were once two very separate worlds. But with the rise of e-commerce and in particular mobile e-commerce, the distinction between online and offline is blurring rapidly. Those brands that can seamlessly integrate the online and in-store environments to create experiences on interaction, not just transaction will be those who are here for the long term.

  • Michael Grubb
  • 9 Degree LED Forum, Sao Paulo, Brazil

The Modern Age Lighting Designer

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Michael will present what it takes to be a lighting designer in the modern age. Michael will showcase the journey his studio has taken and how adopting a ‘think, play, produce’ mindset unlocks creativity and produces enhanced lighting design schemes.

  • Michael Grubb
  • Light Middle East, Dubai