Here are the nominees for the WIL Awards 2022. In our eyes, if you have been nominated, then you are already a winner but we will be picking two favourites in each category to honour further.
“WIL Awards is not only important when empowering and celebrating the achievements but also to inspire other women and girls in the fantastic field of lighting.”
Mervi Rokka, WIL Awards Panelist
Sharon Huizinga/ USA
Sharon is a perfect blend of designer, programmer, global connections and education. Sharon is super socially and environmentally progressive.
Priyanka AswaniDesigner, Engineer, Outreach / Canada
Her background in engineering and passion for technology and cultural exchange gives her a rounded approach to any design challenge!
Justyna StaniewskaDesigner / United Kingdom
She designs the world’s most exclusive spaces with unparalleled intuition, critical thinking and knowledge of engineering systems!
Jésica ElizondoArtist / México
Jésica invites us to think differently about light through her work, her commitment and innovations are a source of inspiration for future generations of women interested in her field of work.
Dorit Dot Malin IDEA PLDA WILDesigner, Artist, Consultant, Educator, Publisher, Researcher / Israel
At 03/11/2022 I'll be 67 . I will finish teaching my last Class in Bezalel at the end of June it will be the end of my long Carrier as an Architecture Lighting Design Educator.1996-2022.
Dorit Dot Malin _Israel
Dr. Judy KupfermanDesigner, Artist, Consultant, Educator, Electrician, Engineer, Researcher / Israel
Dr. Judy Kupferman is working in the Stage/Dance/Events/etc. Lighting Design since 1977. She is also active in research and publications working at the Electrical and Computer engineering Department at BGU Israel creating study tools that is used around
Dorit Dot Malin
Brienne MusselmanDesigner, Educator, Event Organiser, Producer, Non-profit / United States
Brienne leads the IES education program with a passion for lighting education and finding new ways to share knowledge while saving us all from death by PowerPoint!
Uma LankaDesigner, Engineer, Product, Management / India
Uma is a highly respected leader in the lighting industry spearheading technical functions of Innovation, R and D and lighting application design for a leading brand of India with decades of experience .
Armaghan RahimiDesigner, Engineer / Iran
Professional lighting designer who is expert in electrical engineering and lighting design.
Nastaran Eidani asl
Elisa HillgenDesigner, Artist, Consultant, Producer, Management / Finland
Ms. Hillgen works in many areas of lighting, but her emphasis is on connecting light and community. This has happened via festivals, exhibitions, light art works and lighting strategies, among other. She’s a power source of public lighting in Finland!
Tarja ErvastiDesigner, Artist, Educator, Researcher / Finland
Ms. Ervasti is a pioneer in lighting design, light art and light-related education in Finland. She has studied history and substance of light profoundly, letting it shine through in her artworks, including installations, environmental art and light sculptu
Toby LewisDesigner, Artist, Engineer / USA
Toby is a lighting designer, collaborator, and mother leading the professional ethos of doing less, but well and with intention.
Amardeep M. Dugar
SIMONA COSENTINODesigner, Architect / Italy
Simona has a truly holistic approach to light! She wisely combines color and white light to create emotional spaces and improve well-being of people.
Kayla Brown‐CesteroDesigner, Engineer, Management / USA
Kayla is the absolute lighting professional who constantly delivers large-scale projects while also meaningfully contributing as facilitator of educational programs.
Amardeep M. Dugar
Yulia TyukhovaResearcher / Russia & USA
Yulia epitomizes qualities of a scientific leader, who guides and inspires with logically thought-through ideas supported by data and analysis.
Amardeep M. Dugar
Liliana IadelucaArtist / Italia
Liliana has specialized for many years in scenographic Lighting Design, is a teacher of lighting technology at the Academy of Fine Arts and ambassador of the Light Painting World Alliance.
Simona Cosentino & Marta Mannino
Lillian KnoerzerDesigner / United States of America
Lillian, advocate and award-winning designer, mentors future generations in design and works to advance the position of women in lighting.
Rebecca MintzDesigner / United States of America
Rebecca, an award-winning designer, shares her passion for lighting design and research through educating her students, peers, and clients.
Jen LewinDesigner, Artist / USA
With more than 20 years of experience working as a Light artist, Jen Lewin thinks beyond traditional art exhibitions to create an experience that brings vibrancy to public spaces!
Merete MadsenDesigner, Researcher / Denmark
Merete's contribution to the field of lighting research and Daylight design is exceptional & definitely needs to be celebrated!
Paula CastilloArtist / USA
For her inspiring talent to create art using light, either as an object for contemplation or as an spatial experience.
Shannon GloverDesigner, Artist, Consultant / United States
Shannon is a designer/artist who uses light as a writer uses words to describe a place in time.
Dianna OsickeyDesigner / United States
Dianna has a commitment to educating and elevating the lighting design profession in the Southeast US
Magali SuchowolskiDesigner / Argentina
Magali Suchowolski is an Industrial Designer passionately struggling to merge light, feelings and sustainability. Her creations bring sophistication and simplicity together, allowing people to deal with light in a playful way.
Liudmyla PavlenkoDesigner, Engineer / Ukraine
Living in a country ravaged by war, Liudmyla brings light into our dark world
Amardeep M. Dugar
Daria CascianiResearcher / Italia
Product designer, researcher, adjunct Professor, lecturer at the Politecnico di Milano and lighting specialist consultant developing lighting fixture projects from the concept phase to the full development for research scopes.
Tine BechArtist / Denmark/UK
Tine Bech (PhD) is a multidisciplinary artist and researcher. Her piece 'Shine Your Colours' has improved the local mood at Canary Wharf greatly.
Sophie R Hoyal
Raisa ShigolDesigner / United States
Raisa Shigol is a leader in the Lighting design industry as evident in her innovative, beautiful, award-winning projects.
Kate St. Laurent
LORENZA GOLINELLIDesigner, Architect / Italy
As a Lighting designer Lorenza really paints with light! When designing she imagines having brushes and colors to highlight spaces.
Mariya KalmykovaDesigner / Russia
Mariya is raising awareness of Daylighting, its' state-of-the-art approaches, and metrics among local practitioners through her research, practice, and articles.
Daniela ViloriaDesigner, Architect, Educator, Researcher / Spain
Her undoubted passion for Lighting transmitted to her students through constant research and analysis as well as site practice in the Architectural Lighting field.
Nubi León Martínez
Addie Smith, Assoc. IALD, CLD, Assoc. IIDA, IES, LEED ID+CDesigner / United States
Addie’s knowledge of lighting is encyclopedic, which puts her in a position to teach and thoughtfully share expertise.
Ryon Sommerer & Brian D Johnson
Melina Saunders, EI, Assoc. IALD, LEED Green Associate, CxADesigner, Engineer / United States
Melina has the future in mind for a young and growing Integrated Electrical Engineering and Lighting Design firm.
Kathleen Menyhart, LC, EITDesigner, Engineer / United States
Kathleen cares about quality design and is an inspiration who shows that you truly can do what you love
Steph PowellDesigner / United States
Steph is an award-winning lighting designer always in pursuit of furthering her education and that of those around her.
Nastaran Eidani AslArchitect / Germany
She fills all the demands required to be a voice for women in lighting.
Masami Tsuda & Arash Bozorgi
Rashmi MehtaDirector, Engineer, Management / India
The only woman Director System Integrator in the country. Integrating smart spaces with smart lighting and working on energy conservation via controls
MELODY CULANAGDesigner, Artist, Engineer / CANADÁ
Melody is a great lighting designer and entrepreneur, she has worked on important designs together with a company and under her own successful company Lightandme, her work deserves to be recognized
ALEJANDRA ULLOA LEITÒN
Sharmila KumbhatDirector / India
Sharmila is a designer with business acumen and has proved to be the female pioneer in the field of manufacture of Architectural and Landscape Lighting under the brand name K-Lite
Jessica SmithDesigner, Consultant / United States
Jessica is what the up-and-coming generation of lighting design looks like – bright, dedicated, hardworking, engaged contributor of the lighting industry.
Rachel FitzgeraldDesigner, Consultant, Educator / United States
Whoever said “those who can’t do, teach” never met Rachel. For her, educating others is foundational in her lighting design career.
Hoa YangDesigner, Researcher / Australia
Hoa's research on how many spots women find unsafe in and around Melbourne has been eye-opening and long overdue. Hoa relentlessly pursues making our cities more inclusive, safe and sustainable, using evidence-based lighting design for people.
Office & Tim Hunt
Tania RossiniConsultant, Engineer / Italy
Tania's continue support to colleagues & friends in the Industry, and her commitment in regulatory affairs are praiseworthy: thousand thanks!
Chiara Carucci & Sarah E. Sartore on behalf of WIL Italy
Victoria CoelnArtist / Austria
Victoria’s mesmerizing Chromotopia allow us to collectively reimagine past, present and future by stepping into a community of light – an urgent and inspiring contribution.
Jill Klores FIES, IALD, LCDesigner, Educator, Event Organiser / United States
Jill is a natural mentor who engages regional undergraduates with the lighting design community through lighting competitions and scholarships.
Valeria CoghiDesigner, Architect, Educator / Costa Rica
I nominated her Valeria, not only because of her passion for working with light but for her true motivation and interest in teaching the importance of light to the community and students. Providing a new way of perceiving light and space.
Sofia KudryakovaDesigner, Engineer / Russia
Sofia is a talented and creative lighting designer, expert in urban lighting master plan, architectural and landscape lighting design. She works brilliantly with innovation architecture, cultural objects and historical buildings.
Andrea WilkersonEngineer, Researcher / USA
Andrea is going to be the next BIG THING in lighting education & research!
Amardeep M. Dugar
Noelle JordanDesigner / United States
Noelle is not only an incredibly talented, accomplished, designer, but a leader, mentor, community builder, and change maker in the industry!
Kael GillamDesigner / United Kingdom
Kael is a star! She is a passionate lighting designer and role model for younger people in the industry. The “Designers Mind” initiative to which she contributes is instrumental in highlighting the issue of mental health in the design industry.
Alette Simmons-JiménezArtist / United States
Alette Simmons Jimenez. A name that should be at the top of anyone's light art list.
Michelle MooreEvent Organiser, Management / LightFair
The annual LightFair Conference has been providing world-class lighting education for 30+ years. As Vice President of Conference, Michelle Moore is responsible for the overall direction, implementation and management of LightFair’s conference program.
Harriet DavisDesigner / United Kingdom
Harriet is an excellent lighting designer and a fantastic colleague. She is diligent, considerate, and thoughtful with her design, project work and as part of the team. She is not one to shout about her achievements – so I will!
Foteini KyriakidouDesigner, Educator / Sweden
Foteini is involved with KTH Lighting Lab education program. She is an integral part of education that is provided at KTH & is continuing the legacy of imparting right kind of knowledge to the upcoming generation of lighting designers!
Kristina AllisonNon-profit / United Kingdom
Kristina Allison is a person driven to make the lighting world a better place. I have nominated her because there are few other people who are doing as much as her to raise awareness of the environmental impact of lighting.
Melody CulanagDesigner, Engineer / Canada
Melody is a passionate lighting designer & engineer who juggles with multiple leadership roles
Amardeep M. Dugar
Tamar FrankArtist / the Netherlands
A true artist experimenting with light and its interactions. Working with her, I realised the importance of a solid, visionary idea behind it, as well as the hard work to make it happen.
Dorothy Di StefanoArtist / Australia
Curator, Art Director and Artistic Thought Leader, Dorothy straddles the boundaries of multi-disciplinary art experience across all of the senses, moreover, she shares the experiences and inspires us all.
Samantha BeresfordArtist, Product / United Kingdom
Sam is a dedicated and talented neon glass artist, and at only 26 years old, has already been in the industry for 10 years.
Meryl PatakyArtist / USA
I’d like to nominate Meryl Pataky, artist and founder of She Bends, an initiative set up specifically to support women in the neon industry, through public education talks and demonstrations, as well as through exhibitions.
Shivangi ShahDesigner / India
Shivangi Shah has proven her work by creating installations that would provide surreal experience for the user and have also built masterpieces that make a true style statement by amalgamation of age old handicrafts and latest technology.
NIKKI ESCALONA-TAYAG, 33rd & 3rd ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING DESIGNDesigner, Architect, Educator / Philippines
Nikki's design education advocacy helps empower the next generation of designers to think about lighting as a powerful design tool.
JEAN IMASA CORNEJO
Lauren DandridgeDesigner, Educator / USA
Lauren has done fantastic work raising awareness about equity and inclusivity in lighting, and continues to educate future lighting designers.
Heike Stuckstedde, ATARA designDesigner, Artist / Österreich
ATARA light objects and installations are very poetic and create a subtle atmosphere with light.
Neina SheldonDirector, Educator, Journalist, Researcher / United Kingdom
Neina is a founding member of Make Light Matter. She empowers you to live a full life by understanding how light impacts your health, educating you to make behavioural and environmental changes to 'live your light ideal'.
Karen Owens BA(Hons)DipARCH
Leni SchwendingerDesigner, Artist, Consultant, Educator / United States
Working with the artistic medium of light Leni shares her deep understanding of light and dark to inspire audiences to reflect on nighttime neighbourhoods as creative spaces.
Karen Owens BA(Hons)DipARCH
Sophya Acosta Lighting DesignDesigner / Argentina/Spain
For their talent, commitment and holistic view of light and the profession
Meredith GoodwinDesigner, Management, Non-profit / USA
Meredith is a globally accomplished Designpreneur with a multifaceted outlook towards lighting
Amardeep M. Dugar
Gisella GelliniEducator / Italy
Gisella is a pioneer in sharing the culture of light
Martina Frattura, Giorgia Brusemini
Ruth Kelly Waskett PhD CEng MCIBSE FSLLDesigner, Educator, Engineer, Researcher / United Kingdom
Ruth is a true mentor and change maker. A knowledgeable, supportive and inspiring person. She is deeply motivated by the need to address how daylight can bring buildings to life and the positive impact it has on people’s mental health and well-being.
Karen Owens BA(Hons)DipARCH
Lara ElbazDesigner, Architect, Consultant, Educator / Spain
Lara shares her knowledge and expertise through her teachings and mentorships. She is very generous in sharing her experiences in a way that gives others the opportunity to grow!
Elisa ColomboEducator, Researcher / Argentina
For many years, Elisa directed the Department of Lighting, Light and Vision (FACET-UNT) training great professionals and forming a specialization in light and vision with a high educational level and great prestige.
Julia ZharkovaDesigner, Director, Engineer, Researcher / Russia
Julia is the head of one of the most famous lighting design bureau in Russia and popularizes lighting design
Svetlana KolgushkinaResearcher / Russia
Svetlana develops the topic of sustainable lighting in Russia and conducts research on the topic of light pollution, which is very relevant for Russia
Mia KivinenDesigner, Blogger, Educator, Event Organiser, Management / Finland
Exceptional advocate for Light Art. Inspirational, ambitious and enthusiastic light art curator, developer, promoter, writer and teacher, a true influencer.
Sheetal JainConsultant / India
I should have been nominated for this prestigious award as we approach each project with different. with all our great efforts and dedication we are here!!!
Elisa Battilani (CREAM estudio)Architect / Spain
She is a lighting and a product design expert. CREAMestudio designed the CREAM lights for Escofet1886 and won several international lighting awards
ANGEL CEREZO CEREZO
Sophie GollopEngineer, Producer / UK
A strong focus on genuine beliefs regarding sustainability and women in the tech business, with integrity and a personal approach
Sudeshna MukhopadhyayEngineer / India
Sudeshna has held her own as an expert in an industry dominated by men.
Amardeep M. Dugar
María GüellArtist, Educator, Researcher / Spain
An impeccable work as artistic director of the LLum Barcelona festival that brings enormous visibility, education and approach to the art of light to the whole world.
Jennifer VeitchResearcher / Canada
Jennifer is a global leader in establishing relationships between the indoor luminous environment and occupant health and well-being.
Amardeep M. Dugar
ASIA SIERRADesigner, Architect, Artist, Consultant, Educator / España
For his passion in understanding, defending and promoting the importance of architectural lighting in each and every project. Partner and founder of The Light Squad Studio.
Jane SladeResearcher / USA
Jane has been a tireless advocate for darkness and responsible outdoor lighting at night especially for wildlife.
Amardeep M. Dugar
Mariana FigueiroResearcher / USA
Mariana is an internationally known leader in lighting research and education; her contribution to the field of light and human health, especially for older adults, Alzheimer's patients has been invaluable.
Amardeep M. Dugar
Andrea HartranftDesigner, Educator, Management / United States
Although Andrea's career is lighting design, she takes every opportunity to educate people of all ages about lighting.
Aleksandra StratimirovicArtist / Sweden
Aleksandra's art reflects her kind heart and beautiful soul. Her site-specific light art installations are evocative and moving. Next to her amazing work she is also a curator and advocator for light art.
Chiara Carucci & Tamar Frank
Martina FratturaDesigner / Portugal
Martina develops A Beautiful Light research project, with people's wellbeing in focus, with scientific approach and full heart.
Giorgia Brusemini and Chiara Carucci
Liliana IadelucaDesigner / Italy
Liliana is a force of nature: curious and tireless experimenter, she communicates the love of light to her lucky students.
Fiona HorganEngineer / UK
Fiona is an excellent senior engineer & a brilliant manager, overseeing the street lighting for Doncatser Council, she has introduced great processes&built great relationships with external developers, keeping all works in house&continues to grow our team
Svetlana Shamshoum and Emma Middleton
Lyn GodleyArtist / USA
Lyn uses light in her artwork as nobody else.Her creations are not only visually stimulating but also touch deep down our emotions and feelings.
Dr Karolina M. Zielinska-Dabkowska
Elisa ArteseroArtist / United Kingdom
Elisa's work invites to pause and reflect, providing a calm and meditative space difficult to find in this fast moving world
Şeyma KılıçDesigner, Architect, Consultant / Türkiye
Seyma's projects that deal with the biological and psychological impacts of light, besides its visual effects, are inspiring for the lighting industry.
María GüellDesigner, Educator / Spain
Commitment, enthusiasm and generosity have turn Maria into one of the main pillars of the lighting design education and community
APDI (Spanish Association of Lighting Designers)
Esra MedaniDesigner, Architect, Artist / Sudan
Ambitious designer started her own lighting studio with touch of culture & art . her studio came after a recognised career that have changed Sudan's night skyline
Reem Mohamed Yassin
Giorgia RossiDesigner / United Kingdom
Educating future designers to use light to create exciting environments.
Emma BeadleDesigner / UK
Dedication to STEM, volunteering her own time to educate others and promote the lighting profession
Julie ConwayArtist / United States
Julie's energy and commitment to glass blowing, color, integration with architecture and collaboration is unlike anything we've experienced as architects.
LEAH MARTIN, Bernard Corday, Jeremiah Khan & Nest Showroom
MIREI CELING ONG of STUDIO MIREIDesigner / ITALY
For creating lighting fixtures which merge ethereal and organic design with sustainable Philippine-sourced textiles
MICHAEL ANGELO ALBERT & Dania Angela Flores
Kelly SmithEngineer / UK
Kelly is a strong woman in the male dominated street lighting industry, she is inspirational and a great example to us all.
Dr Shelley JamesResearcher / United Kingdom
Dr Shelley is driving the industry forward by challenging the norm, breaking boundaries and her commitment and enthusiasm towards research.
Dr. Xin GuoEngineer / United States
Dr. Guo is an expert in color science and photometry, and an experienced optic designer at Ledrabrands.
Faye Robinson, WSP LightingDesigner / UK
Faye designed 'Woven', an ephemeral light art installation. Her considered approach and passion for the circular economy saved 540m LED lighting going to landfill
Prachii Sorte JagtapEducator / India
I am an educator researcher lighting designer.I deserve this award as I am the best version of my life who has transformed life.
Prachii Sorte Jagtap
Anna RooneyDesigner / UK
Anna is a real inspiration to me. She is my line manager and I am working on many projects with her. Anna keeps amazing me in how she juggles many major projects at the same time as looking after her two kids. Her time and management is exceptional!
Diana JoelsDesigner, Architect, Artist, Consultant, Educator, Event Organiser, Researcher / Brasil
For her generous, insightful, inclusive and powerful way of educating, reaching and approaching different layers of our lighting community.
Monica Luz Lobo
Anastasia PrihodkoArchitect, Educator, Publisher, Researcher / Russia
Excellent lighting designer Author of the educational project "Laboratory of Light" in Russia Great teacher! Amazing person! She is the LIGHT!
Leela ShankerDesigner, Educator, Non-profit / Australia
Driving force behind trying to unite the lighting industry in promoting sustainability and the circular economy in lighting.
STEPHANIE DANIELDesigner / France
Intelligence in lighting. Scenography. People management
Ana Tanveer AbdullahDesigner, Educator / Pakistan
Ana is the pillar of lighting design education in Pakistan, she is only one who took the initiative to introduce lighting as a separate career,along with educating in one of the biggest university of Pakistan she has also started up her venture of lighting
Banu MANAVEducator / Turkey
Banu is passionate lighting academic since 1995. With gained funding, her next goal is to connect academic researches with practice.
Inci Zeynep Kaban
Jemima Unwin TejiEducator / UK
Under Jemima’s leadership, the UCL MSc Light & Lighting is producing a fantastic cohort of graduates every year joining the lighting industry.
Ruth Kelly Waskett
Karolina Zielinska-DabkowskaDesigner, Researcher / Switzerland/Polen
Karolina's commitment and exceptional expertise in the field of applied scientific research are a groundbreaking assets to the lighting industry.
Anastasia AlekseevnaArtist / Germany
Visionary user of media archeological apparatuses in light design.
Liz WestArtist / UK
Liz is an inspirational artist bringing the power of colour to many peoples lives.
“Having been raised by a single mother who was never empowered, recognized or rewarded, it is gratifying to see women being rewarded and recognized for their contributions.”
Randy Reid, WIL Awards Panelist