Neuro Diversity in the build environment

    Watch this webinar to hear from Farhad Rahim about Neuro Diversity in the build environment.
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    Neurodiversity in the built environment

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    Key topics and learnings


    Farhad will share some outcomes from research he is participating on Workplace Lighting in collaboration with the University College London to obtain data from case studies based on Human Centric lighting and Melanopic Lighting.


    A study which is very much based both on the contribution towards wellbeing from Circadian Lighting in combination with Melanopic Lux to cater for both the quality of light and frequencies of particular wavelengths as well as the exposure to the quantity of light require to stimulate wellbeing thought the course of a normal working day.


    At this stage of development within the lighting industry it is very difficult (or not obtainable) to obtain precise information on each product (there are exceptions) on the quantity of melanopic lux emitted from a LED light source. In most cases we require to use generic values to satisfy the Well Standards requirement to support the quantity of melanopic lux obtained within a proposed lighting scheme, therefore not fully accurate or valid.


    It does now seem very apparent that catering for circadian lighting alone with the variation in colour temperature during the day cycle does not provide the full benefits of lighting for health and wellbeing and the contribution on the quantity of light at particular frequencies and amount of light entering the eye directly are key to factors to providing for a well-considered lighting scheme to support and increase the benefit to wellbeing of people within their workspace in offices and at home.


    Farhad's colleague, Jean Hewitt will share her insights and some examples.


    A fresh insight and opinion on a very actual topic.


    Learning objectives:


    • Understand the concept of Human Centric lighting and its impact on well-being in workspaces
    • Explore the challenges associated with obtaining precise information on the quantity of melanopic lux emitted from LED light sources.
    • Recognize the limitations of relying solely on circadian lighting variations in color temperature.
    • Evaluate the potential benefits and implications of incorporating Human Centric lighting principles.

    Presented by

    Jean Hewitt
    Buro Happold

    Farhad Rahim

    Associate Director,

    Buro Happold



    Farhad is an Associate Director at Buro Happold, with over 30 years’ experience in the industry. He is a member of the City of London Livery, The Worshipful Company of Light Mongers and CIBSE Society Lighting and Lighting.


    In his role, Farhad is responsible for the technical design development, collaboration of multidisciplinary services delivery, providing advisory consultation and managing internal and external client relationships on projects.


    Farhad Rahim, who was part of the steering group said, “As a member and freeman of the Worshipful Company of Lightmongers, it has been a privilege to be on the steering group, for the recently published guide, PAS 6463, Design for the Mind - Neurodiversity and the built environment.


    The publication of this document will hopefully provide considerations, which can materialise to create a better place in the built environment which we can all enjoy.”

    Please find below link to download the document.



    Jean is one of the leading practitioners in the field of Inclusive Design, having specialised in inclusive environments and accessibility since 2001.


    Jean remains passionate about achieving exemplary access and pushing boundaries. She has a longstanding professional interest in safe evacuation for disabled people as well as taking an active interest in design considerations and guidance standards for mental wellbeing, neurodiversity, menopause and gender requirements. 

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