About the event series

Daylight on tour

Natural light and fresh air speed up learning – this was the finding of research led by Professor Peter Barrett and the HEAD project. As designers, we affect children’s growth more than we ever knew.

Thousands of architects and construction professionals enriched their approach with insights from Prof. Barrett and other expert speakers in this series of breakfast seminars, taking place across eight cities in the UK and Ireland in mid–late 2017.


The format
Each event started at 8am, with breakfast provided (including a vegetarian option) to set attendees up for the day. This was followed by three short presentations by inspirational speakers, a panel discussion and Q&A – leaving our attendees brimming with new ideas, all by 10am.


Inspirational speakers

At our launch event in Manchester on 5 April 2017, we interrogated the role of daylight in education from three different perspectives. Read about the speakers below, and watch the video on the next page.


Professor Peter Barrett

Peter Barrett is Professor of Management in Property and Construction at the University of Salford, and an honorary research fellow at the University of Oxford. He is the lead author of ‘Clever Classrooms’, the report of the pioneering HEAD (Holistic Evidence and Design) Project that – for the first time – provided clear evidence that well-designed primary school classrooms can boost progress in reading, writing and maths by 16%.

Peter was our keynote speaker, and joined us at every event.

 Chris Lowe, BDP

Chris Lowe is a lighting designer who leads the team at BDP – the international architectural powerhouse, with its headquarters in Manchester. Chris looked at the human response to daylight, from the concept of the biological cave, to how the manipulation of daylight has evolved as architecture and technology have advanced. Chris and his team were behind the University of East Anglia’s multi-award-winning Enterprise Centre – which has been described as the greenest commercial building in the UK.

Alan Simpson, 10architect
Alan Simpson is the co-founder and Director of 10architect – a niche Manchester practice that specialises in user-focused design, building information modeling (BIM) and optimal collaboration. In his talk, Alan considered the “wellbeing trinity” of colour, light and view, in a compelling battle cry for the role of design in nurturing wellbeing.


Our Manchester Launch Manchester, 5 April 2017

Take part in a lunchtime CPD

In parallel to our breakfast series, we deliver RIBA-approved CPD sessions around the UK, in venues near you. You can register your interest in taking part by completing the form on the next page. Choose between the following three CPD topics:


CPD #1: Daylight and the Human Response

Research spanning industry and academia is unanimous in the benefits of natural light and ventilation – they supercharge learning, creativity and productivity. In CPD #1: Daylight and the Human Response, we look at the role of daylight in promoting wellbeing, how to measure it, and how to engineer it for the greatest impact.

CPD #2: Modular systems, the future of construction

Our second CPD looks at the future of construction: Modular Systems. Offsite and modular construction can deliver key benefits like speed, assured quality, minimal disruption, cost and time certainty, future flexibility, and reduced waste. This CPD investigate how to specify modularity for project optimisation.

CPD #3: Integrating smart products

In CPD #3, we look at how Integrating Smart Products into construction processes brings tangible relief to the critical path. Channeling the perspectives of contractors, developers and construction professionals – we examine the benefits of smart product integration, in terms of efficiency, simplicity, control, cost and sustainability.


What's Next?

Our Design a brighter future events will be taking place across the UK and Ireland. For more details on a Design a brighter future event in your region and to register, please visit the VELUX page on Eventbrite.co.uk.

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