Lighting for a Victoria University lecture theatre which also has to function as a small movie cinema was inspired by the designer's experience in theatrical lighting. The challenge of illuminating a learning space which has rich media presentations, speaking and sign interpreters is that for some uses minimal lighting is required and for others high levels are required and these uses often happen at the same time. Simply dimming the lights would work if there weren't situations like sign interpretation of a DVD where good lighting is required on the face and hands of the interpreter while not washing out the image they are standing in front of.

Lighting: Art & Science published Michael Warwick's Lecture Theatre, Movie Theatre about the challenge and solutions in the latest issue see his article.