Educated in architecture, Colin has subsequently worked as a lighting designer for 21 years, with 10 years experience at Speirs + Major and 6 years at Isometrix Lighting + Design prior to joining BDP in 2011.
At these studios he has contributed to internationally award winning projects including: Museum of Islamic Art – Galleries, Doha; Sakarin Mosque, Istanbul, Roca Gallery London, St Paul’s Cathedral, Interior Lighting and ‘The Hive’ UK Pavilion. His current work includes the Palace of Westminster, UCL and the University of Cambridge. He has a particular interest in developing innovative techniques for lighting within World Heritage venues plus Carbon Exemplary projects for cutting edge science institutes.
Colin has developed a series of lectures that look at how Light in Faith is represented from historical, religious and psychological perspectives in architecture and contemporary art, which he has delivered across the UK, Europe, North and South America. An organiser of a London Light & Film Festival, Colin also speaks about parallels of Lighting in Film, Theatre & Architecture. He has authored a number of articles for national and international professional lighting magazines and is a regular speaker at lighting events and conferences around the world.
The natural daily cycle of light is becoming increasingly recognised as essential for health. Artificial light will become more automatic but personalised and attuned to each individual and their location. Looking slightly further into the future the combination of Carbon Nano Tubes, OLEDs, Drone mounted 3D printing and Graphene will be producing gravity defying blades of light strong enough to drive over.
Colin Ball challenges the perceptions of light, conciousness and darkness in lecture documented in Lighting Journal.
Colin Ball discusses the relationship between religion, architecture and light throughout history.
Lighting director Colin Ball is a keynote speaker at both Share Belgrade and Share Sofia 2018, the international architecture and engineering forum for innovation and exploration of new materials and technologies.
BDP is a sponsor of this year’s e-Luminate Cambridge and lighting director Colin Ball and his team have designed an interactive installation at Trinity Hall.
Lighting director Colin Ball is interviewed on BBC radio Cambridgeshire about the lighting team's participation in e-Luminate Cambridge Festival 2017.
Lighting directors Mark Ridler and Colin Ball will both present on the second day at the 2016 Lightspace/Lux Live conference and exhibition.
Lighting designers Colin Ball and Chris Lowe are both speakers at the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) Enlighten Europe conference in Prague.
Lighting director Colin Ball is one of the presenters at the GIS International Interior Architecture and Design Expo in Krakow.
Lighting director Colin Ball will present at 16.45 on the second day of the GIS International Interior Architecture Expo in Bucharest. Using the theme Lighting an Idea he will explore how architectural lighting has been misunderstood for many years as an engineered function of eyesight.