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Beyond Illumination: Intensive Lighting Design Workshop for the Built Environment

Experience lighting design through an engaging and interactive session, focusing on key aspects of illuminating spaces within time constraints. Activities will provide a hands-on experience, promoting individual and collaborative problem-solving skills and immediate application of the concepts learned.


1. Lighting Fundamentals:

  • Define key lighting terms and concepts
  • Identify fundamental principles of light behavior and its interaction with architectural elements

2. Specification Exploration:

  • Collaborative design challenge integrating lighting concepts and fixture specifications into a given architectural scenario

3. Group Presentation:

  • Short presentations on charette/activity outcomes, showcasing teamwork and applied knowledge


Topic Activity
1. Introduction and Lighting Fundamentals (1 hour)
  • Welcome and Icebreaker (10 minutes)
  • Lighting Fundamentals Overview (40 minutes)
  • Q&A Session (10 minutes)
2. Design Process and Integration (1 hour)
  • Integrating Lighting into the Design Process (20 minutes)
  • Layers of Light and Lighting Strategies (20 minutes)
  • Q&A Session (10 minutes)
  • Group Presentation Preparation (15 minutes)
  • Group Presentations and Feedback (15 minutes)
3. Sketching Sprint Activity (30 minutes)
  • Introduction to Sketching Sprint and Design Prompt (5 minutes)
  • Sketching Sprint – Individual Work (10 minutes)
  • Presentation of Select Participants (15 minutes)
4. Technological Proficiency and Sustainability (1 hour)
  • Overview of Lighting Technologies and Current Trends (30 minutes)
  • Sustainable Lighting Practices and Control Systems (20 minutes)
  • Daylighting Strategies (10 minutes)
5. Specification Exploration Activity (30 minutes)
  • Introduction to Specification Exploration and Design Prompt (5 minutes)
  • Specification Exploration – Group Work (10 minutes)
  • Presentation of Select Participants (15 minutes)
6. Q&A and Closing (30 minutes)
  • Open Floor for Questions (15 minutes)
  • Closing Remarks and Certificate Distribution (15 minutes)


Date: April 12, 2024 or April 19, 2024
Time: 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Venue: CAD Studio, Enderun Colleges, 1100 Campus Avenue, McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City 1634 Philippines
Course Fee: 2,500

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Instructor’s Profile

Ar. Nikki Escalona-Tayag
Ar. Nikki Tayag blends extensive experience in architecture and design into her academic leadership. Prior to her role in academia, she established herself as an Architect, with a focus on lighting design for the built environment.

Starting her career in 2008 as a Designer and Project Manager, she worked on diverse projects across residential, commercial, institutional, and hospitality sectors. In 2011, she took a transformative step by pursuing an MFA in Lighting Design at Parsons, The New School for Design in New York, USA. Returning to the Philippines, she integrated her experience in architecture into the emerging field of architectural lighting— a discipline still considered pioneering in the local context. As the founder of 33rd & 3rd Architectural Lighting Design in Manila, she has played a crucial role in shaping innovative design solutions.

She collaborates with various industry professionals, including architects, interior designers, product designers, landscape architects, and engineers. Navigating the nuanced realms of design, she brings a rich and holistic perspective to the academe.

Her local and international experience, coupled with a commitment to fostering excellence in education, reflects a dedication to providing students at Enderun Colleges with profound insights into the dynamic intersection of these interconnected disciplines.