2:00 PM Seminar – The Improbable Immersive Experience within Offices
Elizabeth Cooper, MEng CIBSE, Senior Lighting Designer, Arup San Francisco


For some, Office life is becoming synonymous with Home life. Evolving tech company giants, with a work culture driven by a ‘work-hard-play-hard’ ethic place new demands on workplaces of all sizes and styles: they must facilitate high levels of social interactivity between employees; global communication and knowledge sharing; cater to a wide spread of individual work styles and schedules; increase productivity; foster health and wellness; and retain employee loyalty in a fluid and dynamic labor market.

This talk looks at how the line between office to home becomes blurred in our new designs, and how more technology companies are dreaming of providing the most compelling and ‘best workplace’ to compete for employees. Companies leap into a new realm of creating immersive environments to attract employees and clients alike.

Come along to discover how once simple tenant improvements or new campus builds now lead the occupants and guests though an immersive journey, leveraging complex theatrics.

Learning Objectives

1.     Learn what an immersive environment is and the lighting enhancements that go into optimizing the experience

2.     Gain an understanding of the integration of interior landscape lighting elements within architecture, including grow lighting for the health of plant life

3.     Discover how to meld Lighting with AV to develop sensory buy-in

4.     Uncover skills for the management of client expectation and keys for delivering a project on a tight timeline

Approved for 1 IES CEU and 1 AIA HSW LU

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Elizabeth Cooper

Elizabeth has been practicing lighting design for seven years with Arup, San Francisco. Founded in 1946 in London and opening its first US office more than thirty years ago, Arup now employs more than 1400 people in the Americas. Transferring from Sheffield, England to the Bay Area several years ago, Elizabeth offers a unique global perspective with a keen eye for the intricacies of the American workplace. Liz has been fully immersed in American ways of life with growing experience in workplace projects, healthcare and urban design. She is very proud of her completed projects including immersive experiences for confidential tech company giants, citywide public realm improvements, art gallery refurbishments and various university projects back home in the UK, which all balance to allow for thoughtful and innovated solution.

Her enthusiasm for inspiring concepts and never ending due-diligence mean that she takes immense care over her design delivery, and her proudest moment of her US career so far has been to see her project, the Arup2.0 office renovation, through to completion. Liz provided her peers with an optimized dynamic white lighting design enhancing the human experience, while allowing for great care through custom programming creating a variable living and breathing environment that responds to environmental cues with an entrained circadian system.