Broad Museum, Los Angeles by Arup Lighting UK, winner of darc award best interior high budget scheme. Pic: Hufton + Crow




Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde (1979) is a creative thinker and maker of social designs which explore the relation between people, technology and space. Roosegaarde has been driven by nature’s gifts such as light emitting fireflies and jellyfishes since an early age. His fascination for nature and technology is reflected in his iconic designs such as Smart Highway (roads which charge from sunlight and glow at night), Waterlicht (a virtual flood) and Smog Free Project (the largest outdoor air purifier in the world which makes jewellery from smog).

Roosegaarde graduated from The Berlage Institute with a master in architecture. He founded Studio Roosegaarde in 2007, where he works with his team of designers and engineers towards a better future. Together they develop ‘Landscapes of the Future’ building smart sustainable prototypes for the cities of tomorrow.

Roosegaarde is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum and named Artist of the Year 2016 in The Netherlands.

CEO of Little Sun, Felix Hallwachs, has been instrumental in setting up, developing and overseeing the operations of the social business Little Sun since its inception in 2012. Little Sun was developed by world-renowned artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen to get clean, reliable, affordable light to the 1.1 billion people living worldwide without electricity.

Hallwachs has worked with artist Olafur Eliasson since 2005 and has been developing works and exhibitions with his studio since 2006 as Studio Director.

Hallwachs has worked closely with leading international museums, galleries, collections and public institutions in creating artworks, exhibitions, and installations with interdisciplinary international teams. Hallwachs holds an architectural engineering degree from the TU Berlin, with additional interests in urban studies, sociology, politics, and economics.

Dean Skira is the founder of Skira, an award-winning practice based in Pula, Croatia with projects also in the EU, Middle East, Russia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. For the past 30 years, he has been building and creating mostly with intangible forms while working with investors, architects and designers to create meaningful lighting experiences. In 1986 he relocated to the United States to study lighting design and interior design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, NY. In 1990 he established his first lighting design practice in the United States before returning to Croatia in 1995.

Skira is a published author and a frequent guest lecturer. For some of his projects like Cikat bay Lighting Giants, Novamed, Skira received international awards as lighting designer (IES, IALD, Architizer, Blueprint, LDA, Delta of Gold, Illumni Infinity, Codega), as product designer for lighting instruments Trick and Lun-up (Red Dot, LDA, iF Award, ADI Index, ARC Show) and as an investor for his office building the House of Light (Dedalo Minosse Prize). He is a member of IALD (International Association of Lighting Designers), IES Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), the Croatian Designers Society (HDD) and the Croatian Lighting Association (HDR).

Following his graduation from Wismar University – Architectural Lighting Design MA in 2010, Asfuroglu has been working at Speirs + Major, London Studio since 2011 where he is currently leading a design team. Throughout his career, he worked on projects of varying scales from Covent Garden’s site-wide lighting improvement project to Shakespeare’s New Place in Stratford upon Avon. He won several awards including Red Dot Design Concept 2011, PLDA Vox Juventa 2012 and PLDC 2015 Best Newcomer. He is the creator of Dark Source – inspirational short stories which question our relation with light from a darker perspective. The comic series are published in mondo*arc magazine since 2013.

Daniel Stromborg joined Gensler in 2014 as the Southwest Region’s Director of Product Design. He is now a global Practice Area Leader, having applied his insights and industry experience to inspire design teams to translate Gensler’s voice and vision into tangible products for workplace and lifestyle environments.

Partnering with manufacturers, Stromborg and his team help create touch points that expand the experience for which clients rely upon Gensler. He previously led design teams on projects with Knoll, Herman Miller, OXO, Boeing, Elizabeth Arden, RealD and Crate & Barrel – of these, the Stromborg Table Collection with Knoll is most notable. Stromborg s career began with digital imaging pioneer April Greiman, focusing on brand-based design and conceptual work. From there, he collaborated with legendary product designers Richard Holbrook and Don Chadwick; and after six years at Chadwick Studio, he garnered design industry attention for opening his own studio, The Creative Common Good. Daniel has been honored with several industry and peer awards, including “Best of NeoCon.” He studied Interior Architecture at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Environmental Design at The Art Center of Design in Pasadena.

Nick Durrant is the co-founder of Plot — an innovation & design strategy consultancy based in London. He has spent the last 30 years working through the human situations and stories around evolving technology platforms as a design researcher, interaction designer, systems strategist, innovation consultant, and occasional professor. Plot’s boundary-crossing work stretches across three scales of making — from pixels to people; from people to places, and from places to planet.

Nat Roberton has a background in urban design, city planning and architecture.
Bristol Legible City was the first project of its kind and is a unique and innovative concept to improve people’s understanding and experience of the city through the implementation of identity, information and transportation projects. The project has since inspired similar projects nationally and internationally.

Nat is currently working on two development projects – an intelligent infrastructure project that is integrating sensor and communication technology into legible city street furniture and a user-centred mapping project using citizen-generated data.

Eoin Billings has worked as an industrial designer within the building industry for 25 years. His intention is always to improve the quality of environments at the human scale through thoughtful, functionally effective interventions.

Billings’ urban and transport design experience – particularly of wayfinding systems – has given him an understanding of the importance of creating a coherent journey, prioritising user comfort and ease of use. And as an expert in the field of Solid State Lighting and digital controls, Billings is fascinated with integrating technology to create truly responsive environments.

Working as he does across the construction industry – with architects on one hand and manufacturers on the other – gives Billings an unusually broad perspective, a highly strategic approach and an extensive network of collaborators. These factors mean he is well placed to react to the developing potential of the Internet of Things.

Tapio Rosenius

Tapio Rosenius is a Finnish designer, innovator, artist and an entrepreneur. He works with light as a medium for architectural collaborations, digital interventions, product innovation and art.

His work seeks to create tangible connection between artificial light, digital futures, biomimetics and the human experience.

He is the founder of Lighting Design Collective, a thought-leading international lighting design practice, and co-founder of Dynamic Environments Group with studios in Madrid, Helsinki and London. He is the CEO of Skandal Technologies, a new tech start-up developing Ambient Communication systems for built environment.
Among his most outstanding projects with Lighting Design Collective, SILO486 in Helsinki represents a new vision of poetic digital lighting for urban icons, while the ‘Light Over Time’ luminaire and software range represent the first digital system designed for and produced by Artemide.

He in an pioneer in the use of biomimetic lighting control in the built environment and continues to develop systems, masterplans, visions and technologies related to this field.

In 2014 he co-created ‘Think-in-a-Tank’ lighting research program taking place yearly during Helsinki Design Week and is actively involved in EU wide research programs and events. 

His work has been recognized in the fields of lighting design, architecture and art, including the Media Architecture Biennale Award and the IALD Award of Excellence. His recent publications include ‘Create the Livable City’, 2014, London, and the seminal PLDA paper, ‘Lighting Design Practice 2020’, presented in Rome. He has served as Guest Academic Director of Advanced Lighting Design at ETSAM University in Madrid and acts as a visiting critic for UPC Barcelona. Tapio Rosenius lives and works between Madrid and Helsinki.

Flynn Talbot

Flynn Talbot (*1981) is an Australian lighting artist and designer based in London, UK. Talbot creates lighting installations and commissioned pieces for galleries and unique buildings along with innovative lighting products for serial production.

Talbot’s starting point is always the same for each project. He begins with the consideration of the “light effect” and constructs each project around it. Every decision and detail is made with the quality of light and user connection in mind. Talbot does not believe in being bound by style, material or form. This method creates a timeless quality and a strong point of difference in his work.

Talbot will discuss going beyond form, material and technology to look for greater meaning in his installations. How he uses a balance of narrative, colour and light to connect with his audience and will show some insights into his latest work Reflection Room at the V&A, being exhibited during London Design Festival 2017.

stephen elliott

Llama Digital, based in Sheffield, has developed a mobile app framework, Situate, that makes it straightforward for venues to create location-based apps for their visitors. Using Bluetooth Low Energy beacons or GPS, apps can be created that respond to the user’s location – automatically showing them relevant content, or their position on a floor plan or map. It is ideal for creating visitor guide apps, audio guides and walking trail apps.

Recently Llama Digital has been developing a relationship with Xicato who produce Smart LED modules that contain embedded beacon technology. Venues that use these Smart modules end up with a network of beacons perfect for using with a beacon-enabled app.

paul nulty

Nulty is a nimble yet mighty architectural lighting design practice, with a healthy selection of awards and a diverse roster of clients across the commercial, hospitality, residential and retail sectors.

Celebrating its sixth birthday this year and with offices in London and Dubai, Nulty has quickly gained a reputation for creative, considerate design concepts that constantly test assumptions and delve into new, more energy-efficient and cost-effective techniques.

Founder Paul Nulty started his career within the lighting design industry 18 years ago. In 2006 FX Magazine named him one of the top six young lighting designers to watch, and in May 2011 Paul proved them right by setting up Nulty.

Paul is a prominent industry commentator and has appeared several times as an expert witness. He’s written many expert articles for industry magazines and presented seminars at a number of prominent events worldwide.

rebecca weir

Rebecca Weir is Creative Director and Founder of Light IQ. Rebecca’s passion for lighting and her ability to harness and maximise the creative potential of light has led to the successful completion of over 1400 award-winning residential and commercial projects worldwide.

Rebecca’s recent book; ‘The Languages Of Light’ is stated by The Vice President of The Institute Of Lighting Professionals as “an intelligent and beautiful exploration of the transformative power of light”.  Kate Slesinger, Publishing Director of House and Garden says “This book will become your best friend when it comes to making the space sing and resonate with the music of light’’.

Her wide-ranging experience and qualifications enable Rebecca to present lectures at ‘KLC School of Design’, design shows such as ‘Focus’ and ‘Decorex’ as well as a variety of ‘BIID’ accredited CPD seminars to Architect and Interior Design Practices.

In the past Rebecca has been a columnist for ‘House and Garden’ magazine, whilst written articles have also been included in numerous books, industry journals and magazines, such as ‘The Times’, ‘Homes & Gardens’, ‘County Life’ and ‘Bridge for Design’, to name but a few.