James Wallace  FIES, IALD, CLDA


james_wallace_180_dpi_1_mb.jpgJames Wallace is an experienced, qualified and practicing lighting designer with an in-depth appreciation of the design process. He is currently a partner and the design director of LightPlan, a professional design practise located in Perth, Western Australia.

James’ lighting design experience draws from a broad base of projects pertaining to both interior and exterior environments. His current interests are in telling a story with light; through careful planning and research James enjoys reinforcing and reinterpreting the narrative in both architecture and the public realm. He calls this “light with meaning”, and he often applies it in the nighttime interpretation of public spaces and building facade projects, during urban nightscape planning, re-activations, place-making, public art initiatives, heritage places, gallery and museum display spaces.

James’ skills in 3D light modelling lead to engagements in predicting obtrusive light at world-recognised pristine ecological sites and the design of lighting to architecturally challenging spaces. Besides architectural and environmental work, James has recognised skills in vision ergonomics; the auditing and condition-reporting of OSH lighting-related issues in the workplace and public domain, occasionally being called upon to advise in legal cases and appear as an expert witness.
Having previously acquired an A-grade electrical trade qualification, James graduated in Lighting Design in 1979 from Regency Institute, Adelaide, South Australia. He is currently a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia & New Zealand Ltd (IESANZ); a Professional Member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD); Executive Director of International Development to the Chinese Lighting Designers’ Association (CLDA); Co-chair of the International Solid State Lighting Alliance (ISA) Working Group #6 “Lighting Design and Application”; and until March 2014 held a board position with the Professional Lighting Designers’ Association (PLDA). He has served as President of the Western Australian Chapter of IESANZ; held a board position on the IESANZ Executive and Convenor of an IESANZ International Convention held in Perth.
Stepping outside of the square at the beginnning of 1994 to establish Perth’s first independent architectural lighting design practise, James’ awareness of lighting issues has since become recognised at an international level. In 2005 he accepted an invitation to the town of Alingsas, Sweden, to head one of six practical lighting design workshop groups. In 2006 he presented an invited paper at Light+Building Frankfurt on the subject of light and shadow design; in October 2006 he presented on the same subject in Sydney to the IESANZ annual convention. James represented the PLDA at the Lighting Urban Community International (LUCI) 2006 general assembly meetings in Shanghai and 2009 in Korea. While in Shanghai he also participated in a City Foresight Workshop alongside Asia’s leading urban planners, architects and lighting educators. In October 2007 James was a speaker at the first Professional Lighting Designers’ Convention (PLDC) held in London where he presented a case study on the subject of contemporary lighting design techniques for the night-time interpretation of an industrial heritage site.

Since 2011 he has presented invited papers and led professional discussion groups in Perth, Philadelphia, Berlin, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Tokyo, Manila, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Zhengzhou, Chongqing, Shenzhen and Taipei. After 12 years he returned to Lights in Alingsas in September 2017 to guide participants in the design and installation of a dynamic interpretation of the town's historic Railway Station.

In 2015 James commenced a casual position lecturing the 2-year part-time IESANZ Course in Lighting Design and Application. His current academic activities also include guest lecturing positions at: -

  • Architectural Lighting Masterclass (BA): Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
  • Lighting Design (BA): Sichuan College of Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing, China.

Besides his professional and allied activities, James enjoys travel, miniature model construction, a range of contemporary music, maintaining a small wine collection, watching his favourite AFL football team and spending time with his pet pugaliers Jasper and Peggy.