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Webinar: Night-time Vulnerability Assessment (NVA)

25 January 2023 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm PST

IES Los Angeles Section

Feeling unsafe when walking alone at night is a common issue for many people at night and just adding brighter lights does little to change the equation. Our clients and communities need urgent design responses for safety concerns that are beyond meeting minimal compliance based on the standards. As lighting designers we feel the necessity to be more objective and evidence based when we’re defining an urban context safe vs unsafe and include other layers that affect the safety perception of a night-time environment. Thanks to the research and collaboration initiative that our Melbourne team started, Night Time Vulnerability Assessment (NVA) – an evidence based methodology has been developed to measure the social, physical and atmospheric qualities that work together to affect perceptions of safety after dark.

The NVA brings together criminology, risk and resilience, urban design, architecture, lighting, advanced digital data collection and analysis of existing site conditions. The NVA is intended to sit alongside night time community engagement programs to better inform how light and the urban environment shapes perceptions of safety, embedding evidence based technical design solutions to meet community needs. Together with globalization strategy our Americas team has conducted further studies in five (5) different cities applying the NVA methodology, and a workshop involving other disciplines for a more comprehensive assessment strategy for future projects.

Elif Ayalp is a Senior Lighting Designer who works with passion for a better building environment with designers and engineers from all around the world. Before joining Arup San Francisco office, Elif worked as a Product and Lighting Designer in different Lighting Design Consultancy firms in Italy and Turkey. Elif has a 11 years of background working in various type of lighting projects including masterplans, hospitality, commercial, residential and healthcare. Elif is a fan of performance arts and especially theatre where architectural lighting of modern day was born.

Colleen Peach is currently a senior lighting designer at Arup. She launched her career as a project Architect over 15 years ago and transitioned into lighting in 2013. Her award-winning projects include retail, healthcare, hospitality, and entertainment. Providing leadership roles within and outside the firm, she was the IES Los Angeles President for two successful years and currently is the Past President providing leadership guidance. She served on the IES Nominating committee and is currently an active member on the IES technical committee for Lighting for Seniors and the Visually Impaired. She has been a guest lecturer at USC, Lightshow West, IES and LA CSI. She is a licensed Architect and LC professional.


25 January 2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm PST
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