Awareness and education

Shanghai, 18th November 2009

As I am preparing to travel back to the humid heat of Singapore, I want to express my gratitude and appreciation to PLDA/Via-Verlag for hosting this blog. As of today I am featuring proudly on the PLD website! This blog project has now officially been launched in lighting design world…it is a bit daunting but I believe I am up to the challenge of producing an etry on a daily basis for the next year despite my hectic schedule. I may face some challenges to post my blog from remote site locations, but if that happens I will still write the blog and post it at the next possibility. I have no idea what to expect but will let the daily events and feedbacks guide the further development of the blog.

This is a good occasion to highlight the importance of education and creating awareness of the benefits of better lighting. PLDA has been doing an amazing job in promoting lighting and lighting design since its inception and people like myself, who have been in the lighting design business for so long (for me 30 years now!) should rise to the education challenge. We have the task to educate our new generation of lighting designers by sharing our knowledge with them. We should never be afraid to share. To our own  people or with our clients. I believe this blog offers a great platform towards awareness and education.

18. November 2009 by Martin Klaasen
Categories: Education | 2 comments

Comments (2)

  1. Hello Martin,

    I am Tran, from Vietnam. I luckily searched out your blog and very admiring you and your career success. Actually I am very interesting in Lighting and trying to figure out a course for gaining my knowledge about this major. However, it’s hard to find a course which is only for lighting.

    Do you have any suggestion for me, the one who really love lighting and want to develop my career path in this?

    It’s great to know you and get your advice.
    Thanks in advance for your response.

    Best Regards,

  2. Dear Tran
    It is nice to hear that you are inspired by lighting and would like to find a course to educate your self further in this exciting world! There are actually several dedicated courses specialised in lighting. The most popular are Wismar in Germany, Bartlett in London and UNSW in Sydney, Australia. There are further several universities around the world that offer courses as extension of architectural or interior design studies. As part of these studies you will generally be required to do some internship with a professional lighting design practice to gain practical experience. But I would recommend that you start enquiring with the Professional Lighting Designers Association (PLDA) who have a dedicated committee member looking after training and education for further direction and advise. Good luck!

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