lightspace has teamed up with Women in Lighting to support gender balance in the lighting profession.
Launched today – International Women’s day – the project is a celebratory endeavour that will set out to create an inspirational digital platform for women working in the architectural lighting industry to promote their passion and achievements, narrate their career path and goals, celebrate their work and elevate their profile in the lighting community.
It will look to gather statistics and answer the call to action issued by interior designer, Ilse Crawford but specifically for the lighting profession – how can we increase the profile of successful women working in lighting to help encourage the next generation? How can those who are established best support them?
Women in Lighting will have a specific website – www.womeninlighting.com – with a database of interviews with women from around the world.
Starting with lighting designers, the scope will expand to include women in all aspects of lighting – education, journalism, manufacturing, art and research.
The theme for International Women’s Day 2019 is Balance for Better – a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world.
The campaign says it’s evident that women are under represented in conferences, committees, juries and panels. Its aim is that as there are approximately 50 per cent of female lighting designers, they get 50 per cent visibility.
The project launch is being supported by formalighting, a family owned lighting manufacturer with over 50 years and two generations dedicated to architectural lighting.
Light Collective – who developed the Women in Lighting initiative – approached formalighting with this project as they are a company with a strong inspirational women in a lead role – Sharon Maghnagi.
The project has already gathered support from individual female designers in almost 50 different countries.
These ambassadors are a point of contact in each location for other women seeking to find out more about the project.
The site will launch with over 30 interviews recorded by Light Collective and will then open for other women to upload their own interviews.
Project co-founder, Sharon Stammers from Light Collective said, ‘Having been involved in lighting design from the very beginning, women have had a greater role in shaping the lighting design profession than in architecture and engineering.
‘The lighting design profession is a supportive industry for women and the many routes into the profession offer opportunities from a diverse set of backgrounds. It is an industry that is good at sharing information amongst its community and can therefore offer support to other women who may need it. We want to create role models, redress the balance and encourage women to choose to work in lighting or other related jobs’.