After studying art and psychology at Ottawa University, Louise graduated from the Algonquin College Interior Design Program in 1985. Further to this she specialized as an architectural lighting designer, starting her own practice, coCreations lighting design inc., in1995. With over twenty years of experience, Louise has completed numerous successful projects, as well as enjoyed partnering with other professionals on many award-winning projects.
Louise’s fascination with the human psyche and the arts led her to explore the emotional and physical response to color, light, shape and space within personal and public realms. She believes that architectural lighting is a metaphor to guide us to our inner knowing and our unique radiance.
As she sees it, light is an integral part of how we see and, most notably, how we perceive our world. Darkness is much more than the absence of light: it’s an entire universe of concealed form. So when light emerges, it brings form out of that darkness, having meaning in relationship to its backdrop.
Symbolically, just as architectural lighting needs to be thoughtfully organized to be effective and valuable, shedding light on our own lives bestows order, and presents us with insights into our priorities: “For us to learn how to create a wonderful life, it’s vital to know our highlights and shadow sides. Illumination, as with enlightenment, allows us to create an artful, passionate life.”
ORSA would like to sincerely thank Louise for her commitment and enthusiasm in promoting Architecture Week at a local level. In addition to speaking at the event, Louise has been crucial in connecting ORSA with the lighting design community. With her knowledge, ORSA has been able to reach out to numerous artists who are now participating at the event. Architecture Week would have had a much different face without her help.
Louise will be kicking off the Lunchbox Lecture series. To see more, please refer to her website at www.cocreations.net.