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Global leader heads up Illumination program


15 March 2012

The Faculty of Architecture Design and Planning welcomes Associate Professor Wendy Davis to the discipline of Architectural Science.

Wendy joins the Faculty from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 2012, she will undertake the role of Program Coordinator for Illumination Design.

Wendy's work with solid state lighting and LEDs is aimed at reducing the energy consumption required for lighting. She and the NIST have discovered that lighting accounts for 12 to 25 per cent of a building's energy use. She has also collaborated with industry-leading peers to develop metrics for the measurement of light colour and quality.

Wendy maintains that the social acceptance of new, low-energy lighting products is key to reducing energy use.

"Even the most new-fangled, high-tech ultra-efficient light source is worthless if people won't use it," she says. "We need always to remember that the primary purpose of lighting is to allow them to see the world around them".

Wendy's experience will be invaluable to all students and staff in the Master, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate in Design Science (Illumination) and she is warmly welcomed as a staff member and a part of the University community.


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