LytePod

LytePod

By Lytei
The honest truth, conversations you want to hear about architectural lighting! Learn and be inspired. Featuring the creative minds of the industry: from designers to manufacturers, innovators, and professors - learn about their habits, ideas, accomplishments, and more!
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Andrea Hartranft - Achieving Success with a Virtual Design Studio
Learn more about a lighting design firm that 'doesn't have a single office and never has. Andrea Hartranft, Founding Principal of Hartranft Lighting Design talks about how she built her business around fearlessness and humility. Along the way, she hired people for who they are, and that has made her company what it is. Operating in a virtual environment they find ways to collaborate, stay connected, and continue to grow. 
28:33
August 6, 2020
Jay Wratten - Smart is not something you install
Touchless buildings, automated climate control, and lights that make you feel good are all great ideas; but how do we build a space that can successfully implement all of this? Join Jay Wratten VP at WSP fro SMART building strategy on a data journey through the built environment and learn more about the systems that have to be in place and how design is critical to operating these systems that are seemingly automated and elevate the experience. 
36:34
July 28, 2020
Josh Miller (Part 2) - Innovating Design with Virtual Reality
Let's talk about Virtual Reality and 6 degrees of freedom. You've seen it in arcades and the gaming industry for decades, but now it's headed for the world of architecture and design. Josh Miller, Illumination Engineer at Acuity Brands dives into VR, the hardware required to get "in the game" and shares some insight about how it could change the way we design with light. 
29:04
July 2, 2020
Josh Miller (Part 1) - Design is Changing, Are You Adapting?
The future is now and virtual reality has made some considerable progress to allow the architectural design community to consider it as a design tool. Listen to Josh Miller, Illumination Engineer at Acuity Brands Luminaire Concept Center Discuss how VR can create an immersive experience and how that will lead to a more efficient design process. 
29:15
June 18, 2020
Lisa Bartlett - Lighting is Sexy
Specifying a dynamic system isn't easy. Lighting design often takes into account what it is you wish to see along with the neurological and physiological impacts of human beings. Enjoy this conversation about how lighting can totally be sexy with Lisa Bartlett, Senior Associate at Davis Partnership Architects in Denver, Colorado.
32:22
June 4, 2020
Brad Koerner - A Timeless Light Source to Inspire Creativity
Luminous surfaces and a point source of light don't seem like they would end up doing the same thing, but this conversation with Brad Koerner, VP of Product Development & Innovation at CIMA offers up the suggestion that they can not only co-exist but one may be more favorable than the other when it comes to lighting design. Brad's tenured background from architecture as a student (UVA + Harvard) and his experience as a designer and then team member of the founding days at Philips Color Kinetics offer a thought-provoking conversation. 
31:55
May 28, 2020
Chris Slaughter - The Vectors to Success aren't Straight
Join Chris Slaughter, a former lighting designer, luminaire innovator, and now rep in a conversation about holistic lighting. It begins with the concept of design both in luminaries and the built environment but requires more than ever as the chaos builds. The evolution of design requires everyone to adapt and learn how to design an entire system while learning on the fly. We all have a responsibility to be mindful of that ultimately leads to success. 
34:27
May 14, 2020
Charles Stone - What It Means to be a Lifelong Learner
With 37 years of professional design experience, Charles Stone, President of Fisher Marantz Stone (FMS), discusses why you can never stop learning.       Beyond the fact that learning is fun, the ability to perform but be patient while learning will lead to new opportunities that inspire those around you. Enjoy this episode recorded earlier this year (February 2020).
29:39
May 7, 2020
Kevin Frary - The State of Lighting Design in 2020
Kevin Frary, Associate Principle at Fisher Marantz Stone (FMS) shares a story about his 20 years in design and talks about the state of the profession in 2020. While many things have changed as it relates to technology, deadlines and real-time collaboration there are still a few defining concepts that are unchanged.  Gain a litte insight and enjoy this centered conversation! 
29:59
April 16, 2020
Chip Israel - The Need for Transparent Pricing
As technology and the design process has evolved, Chip discusses how difficult it has become to design within a lighting budget. He points out that the distribution system for architectural lighting has not changed in over 40 years but it needs to. While it's inevitable that change is on the horizon, what will it take to make it happen? Tune in for one answer that involves the entire community. 
30:20
April 9, 2020
Chip Israel - Building a Business, Doing the Right Thing
Overnight success only took 28 years! Chip Isreal, CEO + Founder of the Lighting Design Alliance has spent nearly three decades building an independent lighting design firm. With a project portfolio that has LDA's work around the world, Chip talks about what it means to be dedicated, focused and how mentorship played a big roll in his career. Before you listen to this full podcast  prepare to be inspired! 
32:40
March 26, 2020
Gary Trott (Part 2) - 3D printing and Baby Yoda
Gary talks about what a 3D printer has the capabilities to do and why it has become a viable solution for luminaire design and manufacturing. In what might seem like unchartered territory he brings up several examples of how 3D printing is changing other industries. Baby Yoda gets a special shoutout too - make sure to listen to the end for that. 
25:55
March 13, 2020
Gary Trott ( Part 1 ) - A collaborative Team Makes it Fun
Gary Trott, the founder of Interplay lighting,  has 30 years of experience as an innovator in architectural lighting.  He has led multiple new ideas from concept through product development and has a passion that rivals most when it comes to creating a new idea that allows lighting to be designed in a way it's never been before. Listen to what Gary has to say about what it takes to create a new light fixture, and understand how it's not as easy as you might think. The risk is big, the process is long, but what ultimately brings it together is the people. 
26:00
March 7, 2020
Rachel Fitzgerald - You Can't Measure Circadian Lighting (yet)
Rachel talks about the reality of where we are at with circiadian lighting systems, what we know and what's still to be determined.  With a technical background in lighting and 15 years of experience, she points out that while things like equivalent melanotic lux (EML) have been established and the industry continues to work on developing metrics for circadian stimulus, lighting design isn't that simple. Thinking through the use of an interior environment is much more important than just placing "color tunning" lights in a space. 
32:55
February 28, 2020
Howard Brandston (Part 2) - How to Make a Real Contribution
Howard talks about how giving back, volunteering and standing up for what you believe in. Listen and learn about why unpaid opportunities are really what matters in life. Listen till the end to hear about his wife, Melanie, too. 
22:15
February 5, 2020
Howard Brandston (Part 1) - Rules are a substitute for thinking
Howard shares his advice after 60 years as a professional lighting designer. Learn about how he approached life, and how he went on a 30-day safari in Africa to test his skills as a world-class hunter. 
23:48
January 29, 2020
Gregg Mackell - Gold Plated Trims, Yacht Parties and Lava in a Driveway
Gregg shares a special story on how he ended up involved on a project that was once in a lifetime, reminding us all you never know where the next opportunity will come from. 
26:53
November 23, 2019
Addie Smith - Lighting isn't like Concrete
Addie talks Lighting Design, how the first three years were the hardest so far, her habits, how to unify a design team and hold your spec. Plus, a quick conversation on transparent pricing - why it doesn't exist, but why it should. 
39:09
November 23, 2019
CJ Brockway - Starting a Lighting Studio from Scratch
CJ talks about what it means to be your own boss, and how nearly 2 decades of experience was a critical part of her success when she created her own design firm, Spark Lab. Recorded on Location at the IALD conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
31:52
November 23, 2019