Lee Barker-Field8 June 2011
A lighting designer working for AECOM, a global technical and management support services firm. He heads one of the firm’s UK design groups specializing in architectural lighting and daylight optimisation on projects worldwide.
Barker-Field has more than six years’ experience designing lighting schemes for large-scale projects including sports stadia and leisure complexes.
He sees his work as an artistic marriage of design and engineering, but he also believes that design, unlike art, must first and foremost fulfil a brief, and that projects must succeed commercially as well as subjectively and intellectually.
The Heart of Africa Rainforest Experience at Chester Zoo is a £225m zoo conservation and leisure complex and the largest of its type in Europe. Barker-Field and his team were commissioned to optimise daylight within an undulating bio dome to promote a healthy environment for tropical plants, insects and animals. The project also involved the design of supplementary specialist lighting to enhance the visitor experience.
For the 44,000-seater Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Barker-Field designed sports-event lighting for HD and 3D broadcasts and architectural lighting to enhance the atmosphere in and around the stadium.
Zayed University, Abu Dhabi is a £340m university campus that includes 28 buildings and 760,000 sq m of landscaping. Barker-Field and his team designed specialist lighting for the buildings and exterior spaces.