DesignTO: Building with Light - TSA

DesignTO: Building with Light

‘Building with Light’ is a discussion that explores the ways in which architects, artists and designers use lighting to create and transform space.

There is great potential for architects to build with light spatially, socially and relationally. How can light have a significant architectural presence in the city’s built environment and public realm? How can light be used to navigate space and darkness? How can light influence our experience of wellbeing and sense of security? How can light create a sense of wonder and infuse the poetic in everyday life?

This online panel talk will feature input from recognized architects, artists and designers on how light can be used to create meaningful and memorable spaces.


‘Building with Light’ is organized by DesignTO and supported by the Ontario Association of Architects, with media partner AZURE Magazine.

DesignTO brings people together to design a better future, one that is more sustainable, just, and joyful. We curate exhibitions, presentations and educational programming to increase the public’s knowledge and appreciation of design, and hope to embolden all Canadians to participate in making a future where people and planet are thriving again.




Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett are artists exploring the interspace between light and dark, nature and culture, individual and collective. Based in Calgary, their practice is centred in relational space, beckoning viewers with novel materials and participatory contexts. Caitlind & Wayne believe in art’s radical potential to transform the everyday through a critical shift in perspective.


Elettra Bordonaro, PhD, is co-founder and creative director at Light Follows Behaviour, a lighting design studio with the aim to design with people and for people. In her practice, Elettra has worked on master plans, exterior and public realm lighting projects in the UK and internationally for over 15 years. She is a Senior Policy Fellow at the London School of Economics’ Configuring Light Research group, which aims to use social research to inform lighting design approaches.


Dereck Revington Studio works at the interface between the spatial and temporal arts. The Toronto-based practice encompasses commissioned works of public sculpture, interdisciplinary performances and site-specific installations, notably the Bloor Viaduct ‘Luminous Veil’. Dereck Revington is an Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture.


Image: ‘Luminous Veil’ by Dereck Revington Studio


Register Here

When January 26, 2023

Where Online

Duration 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Cost Free

CEUs A certificate for 1 hour of OAA ConEd will be issued to registered attendees who request it with their RSVP for the event and attend the event.