Secured by Design Licensed Consultant Lorraine Calcott explains her role
Lorraine Calcott is not only the Director & Principal Designer of multi-discipline design consultancy it does Lighting, she is also a Secured by Design (SBD) Licensed Consultant and in her expert capacity as a lighting engineer, assists in writing SBD Design Guides.
Lorraine founded it does Lighting in 2004 and has been instrumental in many important changes and developments in the lighting industry. She has a passion for how light can affect health and well-being, researching this subject for her PhD and being actively involved in the market sector as a thought leader.
Lorraine’s passion for delivering design of circadian lighting for health has led to her working with industry leaders for the care of the elderly, people challenged by mental health issues and those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s. She advises on how best to use light to improve life for those living with health challenges from infertility or infants, shift workers, hospitals, to those needing end of life care. Lorraine believes that light is instrumental for our bodies and minds to perform effectively and remain healthy. We need to work with our biological rhythms not against them.
Lorraine is an expert for the European Commission on Smart City technology and writes lighting guidance for various industry bodies including the Society of Light and Lighting (SLL), part of CIBSE. She has authored many papers and guidance documents including Secured by Design lighting and crime guidance and continues to share her knowledge through this work and the delivery of CPD training.
Lorraine is an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and has attained level four status under the ILP’s designer competency structure, the highest attainable. Lorraine scooped four awards for her work on The Stag Sphere in Chelmsford recently, the Lux Awards 2018, commended; the LIT Lighting Design Awards 2017; the IES Illumination Awards 2018 and the LUX Design Awards 2018.
Commenting on her unique role, Lorraine says: “Working with Secured by Design has allowed us to assist dedicated and knowledgeable officers with an area of their work that is constantly increasing in technicality. Giving them support and ensuring they know what best practice looks like means we strengthen the role of qualified lighting designers within planning applications and make sure those using the space’s they design are safe. SBD is a wonderful organisation and we are privileged to work with people who care so much about the community and its safety”.