Florence is an Arup Fellow and leads Arup’s global lighting design practice. Her particular expertise in daylight, visual perception and holistic lighting approach play a key role in many of her projects, from museums to airports, bridges to city precincts all over the world. Florence has a strong interest in visual light art as a lighting designer and has collaborated with a number of artists and architects on public realm projects including Anish Kapoor’s ArcelorMittal Orbit in London and the World’s Largest Timepiece along Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich.
Her projects of significance include the V&A Design Museum Dundee, the British Museum World Conservation Centre in London, Abu Dhabi International Airport Midfield Terminal, The Acropolis in Athens, California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, Dongdaemun World Design Park in Seoul, the Stonecutters Bridge and the Tai Kwun Centre of Heritage and Arts in Hong Kong.
Florence was named the Lighting Designer of the Year at the UK Lighting Design Awards in 2013. She is also the recipient of the Lighting Award from the Society of Light and Lighting in 2014.
Michael Grubb is Creative Director of Michael Grubb Studio and former UK Lighting Designer of the Year.
Over the last 19 years Michael’s projects have been featured on BBC TV and Channel 4 as well as in the national and specialist press. He has won accolades including the National Lighting Design Award, Lux Award, RIBA White Rose, Landscape Institute Award and Design Week Award.
In 2011 the Olympic Delivery Authority appointed Michael as its Learning Legacy Ambassador for Lighting. The programme showcased the lessons learned from London 2012.
In 2013 Michael co-founded the RE:LIT project, a charity initiative that works with manufacturers to take superseded, damaged and ex- demo lighting equipment from their shelves and make use of them in community projects.
Michael is a member of the International Association of Lighting Designers, Society of Light & Lighting, Chartered Society of Lighting and a guest lecturer at the Arts University College of Bournemouth.
Project History - Michael Grubb Studio
South Park Plaza, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, UK Bath Abbey Footprint Project, UK
Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, Ireland
Wonderlab, Science Museum, London, UK
Swansea Tidal Bay Lagoon, Wales, UK
Moscow Parks Lighting Strategy, Russia
Westminster Bridge Road Regeneration Project, London, UK Elephant Park Regeneration, London, UK
Arts University Bournemouth, UK
West Downs Campus, University of Winchester, UK
Vincent Van Gogh Travelling Exhibition, Amsterdam & Worldwide UCL East Campus, QEOP, London, UK
Pier Approach & Lower Gardens, Bournemouth, UK
LiveWorks Public Realm, Newcastle, UK
Gardens of Light Festival, UK
New Museums Lighting Masterplan, University of Cambridge, UK Disobedient Objects, V&A, London
London Landmarks Feasibility Study, Sky Arts, London Brooklands Aircraft Factory & Race Track, Weybridge, UK
Lavazza Visitor Center, Turin, Italy
A practising lighting designer for thirty years, Steve is the Global team leader for NDYLIGHT with offices in Melbourne, Sydney, London and Auckland. He is a current Board Director for the International Association of Lighting Designers (based in Chicago), a Fellow of the Illumination Engineering Society of Australia & New Zealand, a Registered Lighting Practitioner and a Certified Lighting Designer.
Steve is actively involved in lighting advocacy with government bodies and helped to facilitate the introduction of legislation requiring the use of either IALD or IES members as qualified professionals to certify lighting designs for certain applications, and the use of CLD certified lighting designers for higher level tasks.
2019 is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the IALD, and as a Board Director Steve is well-placed to talk about the history of the lighting design profession and where we think it is headed, as well as how it is adapting to a rapidly growing lighting industry.
Donn is Director at international lighting design consultancy Electrolight, with studios in Melbourne, Sydney, San Francisco and London.
Donn’s 20+ years experience in lighting design exhibits a combination of creativity, innovation and accolades. A leader in the field of lighting, Donn’s track record is testament to his reputation in the industry.
With backgrounds in both visual arts and engineering, coupled with a passion for lighting and the visual realm, Donn’s insight drives his team of talented designers toward modernism of illumination design in the built environment and the world of light art.
This approach has gained the respect of his peers, affirmed by the receipt of multiple awards including 2x IES Supreme Brilliance Awards for Lighting Design Project of the Year (2014 & 2011), 4x IALD Awards of Merit, 1x AIA IALD Lighting Prize for Best Lighting Design (2015), 2x LIT Awards for Lighting Designer of the Year, 17x IES Lighting Design Awards of Excellence and dozens of commendations.
Delivering literally hundreds of projects during his career, key projects include:
Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane
To design and create luminous art and visually integrated human precincts through the use of light, sculpture, digital media and interactive, innovative technology.
Ramus presents his contemporary art as platforms for expansion, both personal and civic, designed to reflect our environment, to encourage social engagement and to foster an articulate visual civic voice.
Canadian born, Bruce Ramus' career as a light artist began at nineteen in the live music industry. He designed and directed countless international live shows and events for bands including; U2, R.E.M., David Bowie, Bryan Adams, David Byrne, Guy Sebastian, and James Brown, and created lighting designs for artist appearances on the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, MTV Awards, ARIA awards and Super Bowl Halftime Shows.
In 2006, Bruce moved to Melbourne and established the Ramus studio. Aware of the emerging presence of large scale digital screen technologies in our cities, Bruce felt a responsibility to reshape civic public spaces in ways that respond to the human experience and foster community connections, using light as a material that connects us, through non-imposing, integrated, beautiful design.
Bruce is passionate about the role and responsibility artists and designers have in contributing to the future of our cities as being live-able spaces for community expression.
Adele has lived in the lighting world for most of her life. Her background spans from luminaire manufacturing and bespoke lighting design to large scale commercial projects, management and architectural lighting design. Mint Lighting Design is a specialist residential lighting design practice, transforming homes with architectural lighting moving beyond standard downlights and bare globes. Because great lighting enhances your wellbeing and makes your house a home. Since 2012, Adele has been using her background and experience in commercial lighting, to bring creative solutions to common household problems using science, maths + the art of light. MINT Lighting Design also works on small and large commercial projects, from retail to public spaces.
Ingrid is Studio Director for POINTOFVIEW Melbourne.
A career-long and core member of POINTOFVIEW, Ingrid originally joined the Sydney studio in 2010. Following three years, Ingrid relocated south to Melbourne as a Senior Designer, Associate and most recently Studio Director.
Through her time leading the Melbourne studio, Ingrid has been responsible for an extensive expansion of the studio and has helped to establish POINTOFVIEW as an internationally sought out creative lighting design firm. A natural educator, Ingrid has overseen the professional development of a new generation of gifted lighting designers. Through her time at POINTOFVIEW, Ingrid has gained extensive experience across all facets of lighting design and project management from hospitability through to large scale civic projects.
Ingrid’s excellent sketching and visualisation skills enhance the creative strength of the firm and set a clear industry benchmark for the conceptual representation of lighting. Likewise, Ingrid is a gifted custom designer and has designed numerous bespoke lights for a variety of projects.
Unwaveringly passionate about lighting and design at large, Ingrid embodies creative innovation and flair.
Farah began her design career as an industrial and interior designer in India, where she was involved in a diverse mix of interior design projects in the retail and education sector.
Farah completed a Master of Design Science in Illumination at the University of Sydney and over the last 8 + year she has been involved in a variety of projects involving new built and refurbished environments across various sectors such as health, education, public and civic buildings such as libraries, cultural buildings, commercial buildings as well as lighting for the urban landscape including creative artwork in the built environment
Having worked on a wide range of regional and city health care projects, Farah brings a deep knowledge and understanding of the value and impact of lighting within these spaces, the role it plays for patients, staff and visitors in creating a comfortable environment, maintaining the well-being of people while providing the functional requirements for medical as well as administrational tasks being performed at effective and efficient performance levels.
Glowing Structures is an International award winning, Architectural Lighting Design Consultancy. Established in 2007 it was born from the creativity and visionary energy of Adam de Guara.
As the founder director of Glowing Structures, Adam’s background and experience of over 24years in both Interior Design & Lighting Design allows him to creatively respond to aesthetic and functional issues relating to space design.
With many years spent abroad his extensive design skills and experience in the areas of the built environment, historical and modern spaces alike has seen him receive numerous meritorious awards of excellence within the Industry at State and International Levels.
The Glowing Structures boutique design team offer cutting edge and innovative design services and technical advice from conception to installation focusing on consistently high standards. As a lighting consultancy, independent of all manufacturers, the sole focus is on achieving the best possible outcomes for clients – aesthetics, form, functionality, flexibility and maintenance.
The Glowing Structures team have successfully designed countless retail installations around the globe, with Adam having designed many retail installations whilst based in both Australia and London. Recently he designed the multi-award winning Dan Murphy’s Cellar experience which has received the highest possible accolades including ‘The best customer experience retail store’ (Australasian retail awards, Sydney 2017), ‘The Award of Excellence’ (IESANZ VIC/TAS 2016) and ‘The International Award of Excellence’ (IESANZ – International Chapter 2017).
A passionate architect, thinker and provocateur with extensive experience in workplace design and strategy, Laurie is committed to promoting space as a business tool and has a proven history of developing innovative approaches that help clients transform their business using their physical environment, culture, process and technology.
Laurie has worked extensively across Australia, Asia, New Zealand, Europe and the United States creating space and strategies that align physical environments with a company’s business, brand and cultural objectives, and prepare them for disruptive changes in their industry that might impact performance.
A prolific writer and speaker covering topics relating to contemporary work styles, social trends, community attitudes, and the ever-changing global economic context in its relation to workplace and has produced over one hundred articles in her industry blog Futuresrambling.com.
David has over 18 years of international experience in both environmental design and building services engineering. He specializes in combining building environmental design principles, computational simulation capabilities and practical engineering design knowledge to realise exceptional quality internal environments that are low-energy use, easy-to-operate and maintain. He has a training in architecture and provides a much needed linkage between architectural and environmental engineering design disciplines; facilitating high-quality integrated design outcomes.
His expertise in environmental design covers daylight and solar design, thermal comfort, energy efficiency, ventilation performance and other broader sustainability aspects. He currently teaches environmental design on Undergraduate and Masters programs at the University of Melbourne.
David is a full member of AIRAH and CIBSE. He is also a Certified Passivhaus Designer and is experienced with local and international sustainability assessment methods such as Green Star, and international best practice such as WELL, BREEAM and LEED.
Nicolò Brambilla is currently leading the Architectural Lighting Design Team of the Melbourne office of Schuler Shook - www.schulershook.com
In his 15 year lighting design career he has worked on a wide range of project types from hospitality to museums to retail to worship to sport. Through his extensive onsite, hands-on experience he developed a design approach that is at once creative and technically sound, inspired and pragmatic.
His clients also benefit from his experience working internationally in lighting design studios in Milan, The Netherlands and Hong Kong, with projects completed across the globe from Switzerland to Taiwan, from Malaysia to Maldives, to China, to India.
Nicolò is interested in the physical as well as human factors of light, especially the impact of light on emotion and well-being, and uses his broad base of experience to listen carefully, apply a global perspective to possible lighting solutions, and design mindfully for each project location.
Outside the design world you may find him drumming away with his rock band, riding his motorbike on the hills or race tracks of Victoria, or simply spending daddy time with his two little girls.
Antony is a practising architect who has been running a small architectural practice in North Fitzroy since 2002. His practice work is a combination of Residential, Commercial and Educational Work.
Antony has a Bachelor of Architecture and Masters in Lighting with a key interest in Daylight Design in Built Environment. His interest in practice issues led me attain ISO-9001 accreditation for my practice.
Over the past semester Antony has taught Lighting to Interior Design students - with a focus on Daylight Design in the interior spaces.
He has been active in the Citizens for Melbourne campaign to stop the Apple mega-store being built in Federation Square.
Antony’s interest in architecture is to provide a framework for human activities - the background for happy and meaningful lives. The spaces we create embody light, material expression and spatial connections between places we inhabit.
“ My work is never done!”
Anne is the current Vice President of the Victorian/Tasmanian Chapter of the Illuminating Engineering Society and Design Manager at Light Project who has a passion for the psychological effects of lighting and how it can be incorporated into our built environments to curate spaces for engagement, comfort and experience.
Her design philosophy is to “see it from the occupant’s perspective” and apply architectural lighting design practices to engage people on an emotional level, using light as a tool to mould perspective and user experience.
Anne has a background in Computer Science and artistic roots giving her a unique skill set that assists with her lighting design schemes. Since 2015, she has been involved in developing artworks for art festivals such as White Night, Globelight, GSPF and private installations.
Ruth Allen's history stems from the Canberra School of Art where she graduated from a Bachelor of Arts degree in Glass in 1993, Ruth later went on to graduate from Monash University with a Masters of Fine Art in Sculpture & Glass in 2006. Ruth has exhibited, taught and participated in workshops in prominent glass venues around the world.
From 1996-2000 Ruth co-directed a hot glass studio in Auckland, NZ producing limited edition exhibition pieces, Jewellery and Lighting. Ruth has actively been involved in community growth with her chosen medium (Glass) becoming the President of NZSAG (New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass) from 1995 - 2000 where she orchestrated an extensive International Conference and series of Workshops titled 'Pacific Light'. Ruth currently works from her own hot glass studio in Coburg Nth, the studio is well equipped with; hot glass furnace, kilns, cold working equipment, woodworking tools, ceramic studio and more.
Ruth and her partner have worked tirelessly to create a workshop that enables them to create almost anything. Ruth not only creates her own signature works from her studio, she now facilitates many other artists to actualise their visions and participates collaboratively on large scaled projects.
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