Light Space Design 2019

27 March 2019
Melbourne Convention
& Exhibition Centre


Florence Lam |
Florence Lam

Head of Global Lighting Design Arup

Michael Grubb |
Michael Grubb

Creative Director Michael Grubb Studio UK

Steve Brown |
Steve Brown

Design Director NDYLIGHT

Martin Klaasen |
Martin Klaasen

Principal & Founder Klaasen Lighting Design

Donn Salisbury |
Donn Salisbury

Director Electrolight

Bruce Ramus |
Bruce Ramus

Founder/Creative Director Ramus Illumination

David Skelley |
David Skelley

Director DjCoalition

Adele Locke |
Adele Locke

Director Mint Lighting

Simon McCartney |
Simon McCartney

Director/Partner Illumination Physics

Ingrid Baldwin |
Ingrid Baldwin

Studio Director Firefly Point of View

Farah Deba |
Farah Deba

Senior Lighting Designer Steensen Varming

Adam de Guara |
Adam de Guara

Design Director Glowing Structures

Laurie Aznavoorian |
Laurie Aznavoorian

Senior Practice Director BVN

David Ritter |
David Ritter

Associate Director Atelier Ten

Robert Hamilton |
Robert Hamilton

Associate Webb Australia Group

Nicolò Brambilla |
Nicolò Brambilla

Senior Lighting Designer Schuler Shook

David Bird |
David Bird

Director 2B Designed

Dave Anderson |
Dave Anderson

Specialist Lighting Lead ADP Consulting

Michael Warwick |
Michael Warwick

Sustainable Lighting Consultant MAW Design

Antony DiMase |
Antony DiMase

Principal Architect DiMase Architects

Jenny Petschenyk |
Jenny Petschenyk

Architectural Lighting Consultant/IESANZ SA/NT President H.I. Lighting

Anne Truong |
Anne Truong

Design Manager Light Project

Ruth Allen
Ruth Allen

Founder Ruth Allen

Florence Lam

Florence Lam

Head of Global Lighting Design, Arup

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

Michael Grubb

Creative Director, Michael Grubb Studio UK

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

Steve Brown

Steve Brown

Design Director, NDYLIGHT

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.

Martin Klaasen

Martin Klaasen

Principal & Founder, Klaasen Lighting Design

Martin Klaasen is an award-winning lighting designer, design consultant, lecturer and resource speaker with more than 30 years of experience in the lighting industry operating predominantly in the Asia Pacific region. Martin applies his passion for lighting design exclusively through his own company, Klaasen Lighting Design (KLD), with its head office in Singapore. Several of his designs have received national and international lighting design awards. His expertise and experience span all applications, with projects around the globe. Martin is widely respected by his peers in the industry. Several of his projects have received international lighting design awards and his projects have featured in industry magazines around the world.

More recently Martin together with his son Ingmar Klaasen, has set up a new exciting venture called Lighting Design of Things (LDoT). The new start up fills a gap in the industry to provide professional consultancy to facilitate the integration of smart data analytics systems within the lighting infra-structure. Several pilot projects with key industry players are already ongoing.

Martin is also passionate about sharing his knowledge by educating his clients and the public through his public appearances and many articles in the media. His blog, “Light Talk”, is featured on the Professional Lighting Design magazine’s website and enjoys a fervent and worldwide group of followers. Martin’s first year of blogging was compiled into a book of the same name. Martin has presented at major lighting events around the world such as the Professional Lighting Design Convention in Copenhagen, World-Bex in Manilla, Ace-Tech in Mumbai, the IES in Perth, Project Lighting in Qatar, Lux-Live in Abu Dhabi, International Light Fair in Las Vegas, as well as highly attended regional lighting events in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Singapore, Bangkok and many more.

Martin was a Steering Committee member for the highly successful PLDC 2018 in Singapore and has again been selected as a speaker at the upcoming PLDC 2019 in Rotterdam.

Donn Salisbury

Donn Salisbury

Director, Electrolight

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:

  • QT Hotel, Melbourne
  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane

  • The Farm, Gerroa
  • Wollongong Central, West Keira
  • Central Park Chippendale, Sydney
  • Pacific Fair, Gold Coast
  • Westfield - Chermside / Warringah / Garden City / Booragoon / Carousel
  • Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart
  • Garangula Gallery, New South Wales

Bruce Ramus

Bruce Ramus

Founder/Creative Director, Ramus Illumination


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.

David Skelley

David Skelley

Director, DjCoalition

Matching light to the users’ mood within the space will offer a deeper layer of significance. I will discuss how light brings meaning to space, how lighting design can enhance life and create memory.

Our work at DJCoalition has been rewarded with industry recognition of Best New Hotel in the World, Best Bar in China and numerous Gold Key hotel operator awards. My discussion will be informed by projects across 5 continents working from our bases in Australia and Asia.

Adele Locke

Adele Locke

Director, Mint Lighting

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.

Simon McCartney

Simon McCartney

Director/Partner, Illumination Physics

A career lighting professional, Simon has a heritage in illumination for the stage, television, events, spectacle and attractions, prior to the rapid evolution of LED façade lighting. Simon was the lead designer for A Symphony of Lights in Hong Kong in 2003.

Together with Simon’s business partner Peter Kemp, they seized on the inherent opportunities in the integration of LED technology for technical external lighting and formed Illumination Physics in 2006.  The company has become the eminent provider of custom designed integrated façade lighting in Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and the PRC, as well as challenging projects in the Gulf and Europe.

There is a strong desire for a new face in architectural lighting, amongst developers and architects, both in new build projects as well as retrofits. This desire has not been necessarily supported by the availability of specific products or management techniques that are entirely suitable for the project at hand.

Illumination Physics has challenged the traditional business model used by the lighting industry and has created an Atypical method of problem solving for the new construction and retrofit facade lighting industry. LED technology allows for great agility and Illumination Physics exploit this and design and manufacture Luminaires designed for each individual project. 

Simon is an advisor who seeks to debunk the popular myths and manipulations of technical statistics in the LED lighting industry and guide clients to well informed decisions concerning new lighting projects and sustainability.  

Simon is an award winning author and a sought after professional public speaker.

Ingrid Baldwin

Ingrid Baldwin

Studio Director, Firefly Point of View

Ingrid is Studio Director for Firefly POINTOFVIEW Melbourne.  

A career-long and core member of Firefly 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 Firefly 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 Firefly 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 Deba

Farah Deba

Senior Lighting Designer, Steensen Varming

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.

Adam de Guara

Adam de Guara

Design Director, Glowing Structures

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).

Laurie Aznavoorian

Laurie Aznavoorian

Senior Practice Director, BVN

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

David Ritter

David Ritter

Associate Director, Atelier Ten

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.

Robert Hamilton

Robert Hamilton

Associate, Webb Australia Group

Robert has been practicing in the construction industry as a lighting designer for over twenty seven years and has worked in Australia and Indonesia. 

Notable projects completed include Menara 2000 (Jakarta), Melbourne GPO Façade Lighting, Melbourne Commonwealth Games (Overlay Lighting), St Kilda Foreshore Redevelopment.

He has also developed a number of luminaires and has acted as an expert witness. He has developed lighting guidelines for various councils and sporting bodies.

Robert is a member of Webb Australia Group since 1996 and was appointed to the position of Associate Director in 2007.  He has completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical)m an MBA and is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society

Nicolò Brambilla

Nicolò Brambilla

Senior Lighting Designer, Schuler Shook

Nicolò Brambilla is leading the Architectural Lighting Design Team of the Melbourne office of Schuler Shook -

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.

David Bird

David Bird

Director, 2B Designed

David is one of the founding Directors of 2B Designed. He is passionate about light, its relationship with architecture and its effects on our well-being and believes that lighting is the key element in creating atmosphere in the built form and transforming the way we perceive our surroundings.

David strongly believes that lighting solutions cannot be designed in isolation. Rather they must be developed in concert with the architecture. He has been widely recognised by his peers for his excellence.

David’s professional status has been recognised by the Certified Lighting Designers (CLD) credential. Some of David’s projects include:

  • Westpac offices at 150 Collins St
  • Penfolds Magill estate renovation in Adelaide
  • St Stephens church in East Reservoir
  • Telstra’s Flagship Store in Bourke St Melbourne
  • Melbourne Graduate School of Education at Melbourne university
  • Booran Reserve in Glenhuntly

David also teaches lighting design at RMIT and VUT, where he focuses in the interaction of light and architecture. He is a fellow of the International Associating of Lighting Designers, IALD and a fellow member of the Lighting Society (IESANZ), FIES.

Dave Anderson

Dave Anderson

Specialist Lighting Lead, ADP Consulting

For the past 18 years Dave has consulted on and led numerous iconic projects both in Australia and overseas. He is a past Victorian Illumination Engineering Society President and regularly contributes to publications and organises industry events. A ‘practical creative’, Dave considers himself blessed to have made his passion his profession. In his role as Specialist Lighting Lead at ADP consulting, Dave is spearheading the newly formed specialist lighting group. 

Michael Warwick

Michael Warwick

Sustainable Lighting Consultant, MAW Design

Michael specialises in lighting and has worked on a variety of projects ranging from the innovative Saatchi & Saatchi 'modular office', the NZ first daylight harvesting for The Treasury using DALI control systems, and high visual acuity lighting to Kenepuru Hospital operating theatre, to award winning lighting designs for Les Mills Lower Hutt and the MAF Wallaceville Multipurpose reception building.

Michael brings a passion for natural daylight and over a decade of sustainable design experience. A founding director of the interim NZGBC and has been the Green Star Accredited Professional on projects that have achieved accreditation of 5 and 6 stars.

Michael has introduced and facilitated the adoption of sustainable initiatives to projects, such as daylight and natural ventilation, that have reduced both capital and operating costs, as well as improved the environment and comfort of occupants. This success has been achieved through developing a close working relationship with the architects and other consultants to find innovative cross-disciplinary solutions.

Antony DiMase

Antony DiMase

Principal Architect, DiMase Architects

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!”

Jenny Petschenyk

Jenny Petschenyk

Architectural Lighting Consultant/IESANZ SA/NT President, H.I. Lighting

Jenny is currently the President of the South Australian/Northern Territory Chapter of the Illuminating and Engineering Society and an Architectural Lighting Consultant at H.I.Lighting SA.

With a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Architecture, Jenny’s passion lies in the detail of the installation and integration of artificial lighting in the built environment, with a keen interest in the emotive effects of light and how it forms perception of spaces, she thrives on educating architects and designers on different practices in producing creative lighting and quality solutions. 

Jenny also endeavours to bring the engineer and designer relationships closer together through her network, industry events and education.

Having worked with numerous lighting manufacturers, she has developed a fascination in product design and technologies and the role lighting plays on the user experience and wellbeing.

Throughout her career, Jenny has worked on large complex commercial projects, high end residential, custom design projects and bespoke product designs with local artisans and designers, architects and engineers, across London, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Anne Truong

Anne Truong

Design Manager, Light Project

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

Ruth Allen

Founder, Ruth Allen

Ruth Allen is a glassblower by trade and directs an artisan studio located in the heart of Melbourne known as RUTH.

RUTH creates limited edition and bespoke pendant lighting for domestic, commercial and hospitality spaces.

RUTH specialises in custom projects working closely with Architects, Industrial, Lighting & Interior designers.

The generous warehouse space is home to a complete hot glass studio including furnace, casting, fusing and slumping kilns as well as cold working equipment including Lathes, Diamond saw, Linisher & Sandblaster. This collection of specialised equipment allows Ruth to finish projects completely in house.

The space is also home to an extensive ceramic studio enabling the execution of advanced mould making techniques. We are also closely connected to the oldest foundry in Melbourne, Meridian who facilitate our bronze casting projects.


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