Women in Lighting

The Panel

The jury will select 6 × Favourites from all eligible entries received. A scoring system will be used to determine Favourites and the decision of the panel of jury will be final. This will include 2 × Achievers, 2 × Supporters and 2 × Initiatives.

The 6 × Favourites need to be available for a video interview with the WIL organisers that will be recorded and added to the WIL website.

Achievement Award
Jury
Amanda Szabo
Amanda Szabo
Hungary

 

Ambassador in Hungary

Amanda Szabo

Designer
Amanda Szabo
Women have always been the ones who create beautiful and soft atmosphere in a home, the ones who pay attention to the fine detail. Being a women in lighting design, I like to create a metaphorical story through light, which will also bring comfort and good vibes.

Also, studies have confirmed that men have a far higher chance of struggling to tell the difference between hues, as one in 12 of them are color blind compared to one in 255 women. Some women may be able to see 99 million more colors than the average human being. Therefore, the feminine touch in lighting design is essential, since vision is one of our most complicated senses.
Light in Native Language: #Fény
Ana Tanveer
Ana Tanveer
Pakistan

 

Ambassador in Pakistan

Ana Tanveer

Designer, Educator
Ana Tanveer
Now, it’s time to reinforce our duty to our profession by educating, encouraging young women lighting designers in Pakistan and worldwide along with my colleague Momena Saleem. We believe lighting design is a notable profession: make it simple but significant.
Light in Native Language: روشنی | ROSHNI
Cristina Martinez
Cristina Martinez
Belgium

 

Ambassador in Belgium

Cristina Martinez

Designer
Cristina Martinez

The spark of a woman never fades in the dark. Let’s brighten up the future of lighting design together.

Light in Native Language: #Lumière #Licht
Daniella Wong Magnalardo
Daniella Wong Magnalardo
Ecuador

 

Ambassador in Ecuador

Daniella Wong Magnalardo

Designer
Daniella Wong Magnalardo

The way to see how far we can go in our profession is to push every boundary we meet. Lighting is a beautiful element that should never be forgotten and should always be designed to perfection.

Light in Native Language: #luz
Dorit Malin
Dorit Malin
Israel

 

Ambassador in Israel

Dorit Malin

Educator
Dorit Malin

Lighting is a multi-function interdisciplinary form of a profession. It suits women like gloves.

Light in Native Language: #אור
Isis Gomez
Isis Gomez
Argentina

 

Ambassador in Argentina

Isis Gomez

Designer
Isis Gomez

This project should echo the importance of our profession. It should share the work that women are doing in lighting and allow us to grow together and inspire new generations.

Light in Native Language: #LUZ
Jill Gustafson
Jill Gustafson
Sweden

 

Ambassador in Sweden

Jill Gustafson

Designer
Jill Gustafson
The history of architecture is the history of the struggle for light.
Light in Native Language: #Ljus
Menekşe Şeyma KAYA
Menekşe Şeyma KAYA
Ireland

 

Ambassador in Ireland

Menekşe Şeyma KAYA

Designer
Menekşe Şeyma KAYA
We should embrace our differences and celebrate them in harmony just as breathing the same air and living together under the same natural light.
Light in Native Language: #solas
Ya-Hui Cheng
Ya-Hui Cheng
Taiwan

 

Ambassador in Taiwan

Ya-Hui Cheng

Designer
Ya-Hui Cheng

Being strong and soft, powerful and fluid, lucid and mysterious, women bring another layered sensibility and beauty to lighting.

Light in Native Language: #光 #guāng

 

Initiative Award
Jury
Alejandra Ulloa Leitón
Alejandra Ulloa Leitón
Costa Rica

 

Ambassador in Costa Rica

Alejandra Ulloa Leitón

Designer
Alejandra Ulloa Leitón

Light is an Art. Light creates emotions, and as a Lighting Designer you should be part of these positive interactions with the world through Light!

Light in Native Language: #luz
Amy Rennie
Amy Rennie
UK (Scotland)

 

Ambassador in UK (Scotland)

Amy Rennie

Designer
Amy Rennie

“As a community we grow together, elevating the awareness and importance of both Light and Darkness. With our knowledge, collaboration and creativity we make a difference now and inspire generations to follow…”

Light in Native Language: #light #solas
Anastasia Prodromou
Anastasia Prodromou
Cyprus

 

Ambassador in Cyprus

Anastasia Prodromou

Designer, Architect
Anastasia Prodromou

It is invisible, yet makes everything visible. It fundamentally shapes our perception of space, yet a lot of us take it for granted. Light; perceived and appreciated only through the presence of its alter ego; darkness. Both light and darkness are equally important in creating an experience; both men and women are equally important in making that experience richer.

Light in Native Language: #Φως #Işık
Dalal Alsharhan
Dalal Alsharhan
Kuwait

 

Ambassador in Kuwait

Dalal Alsharhan

Designer, Educator
Dalal Alsharhan

Women much like sunlight beam radiate warmth and positive energy over society. Let’s shed some light on them in the lighting Industry, and empower women to Light Up the World.

Light in Native Language: ضوء#
Farahbee Rahman
Farahbee Rahman
Bangladesh

 

Ambassador in Bangladesh

Farahbee Rahman

Designer, Architect
Farahbee Rahman
It is all about the rhythm of Light and No-Light that crafts spaces around us. As Louis Kahn said, “I sense Light as the giver of all presences”. I feel responsible being the lady with the lamp to preach this belief ahead.
Light in Native Language: আলো (Ālō)
Kaori Hiroki
Kaori Hiroki
Japan

 

Ambassador in Japan

Kaori Hiroki

Designer
Kaori Hiroki

There are over 80 lighting design offices, and more than 200 Lighting designers are working in Japan. Proudly, 50% of the designers are women.

Light in Native Language: #hikari #ひかり
Macarena Risso
Macarena Risso
Uruguay

 

Ambassador in Uruguay

Macarena Risso

Designer, Educator
Macarena Risso
Since I was little I have been fascinated by the power of light to transform a space. Now I'm grateful to be able to work on this subject, which is what I'm passionate about and very happy to be part of this amazing project through which great goals will surely be achieved.
Light in Native Language: #luz
Paulina Villalobos
Paulina Villalobos
Chile

 

Ambassador in Chile

Paulina Villalobos

Designer, Educator
Paulina Villalobos

Chile is a curious phenomena. Around 70% of the lighting design studios are run by a woman.

Light in Native Language: #Luz #Maéha #Küze #Pelom #Qhana
Sebnem Gemalmaz
Sebnem Gemalmaz
Turkey

 

Ambassador in Turkey

Sebnem Gemalmaz

Designer
Sebnem Gemalmaz

I believe in diversity in many levels of life. I think it promotes creativity. Even in the field of lighting design, we mostly avoid the use of monochromatic light, because we want to reveal colours, materials, patterns to create meaningful spaces. By being part of “Women in Lighting” project, I believe we could help to create a more diverse field of design by encouraging the next generation of female designers and ourselves to be more visible.

Light in Native Language: #Işık

 

Supporter Award
Jury
Diana Galic
Diana Galic
Croatia

 

Ambassador in Croatia

Diana Galic

Designer, Product
Diana Galic

In 2012, when the Croatian Society for Lighting was established, only 3/120 members were women. Today, things have changed. Around 20% of women have some role in Lighting in Croatia. Unfortunately, only a few of them run their own practice or have an important role in Lighting.

Light in Native Language: #svjetlo
Foteini Kyriakidou
Foteini Kyriakidou
Greece

 

Ambassador in Greece

Foteini Kyriakidou

Designer
Foteini Kyriakidou

If you cannot see how many women are in Lighting, let us turn on the light and show you.

Light in Native Language: #Φώς #fos
Gabriela Tapia Lara
Gabriela Tapia Lara
Bolivia

 

Ambassador in Bolivia

Gabriela Tapia Lara

Designer, Artist
Gabriela Tapia Lara
Women can dedicate ourselves to lighting, we can think, design, create and work in lighting. This is not a work just for men.
Light in Native Language: #luz
Ilze Leduskrasta Buša
Ilze Leduskrasta Buša
Latvia

 

Ambassador in Latvia

Ilze Leduskrasta Buša

Designer
Ilze Leduskrasta Buša

Collaboration is what makes lighting design work. Without cooperation of architects, scientists, contractors, interior designers and customers, lighting design is waste of resources in many aspects. We are able to glue the different substances towards common goal thus make the world better designed and lived space!

Light in Native Language: #gaisma
Luz Mariela Zacarias
Luz Mariela Zacarias
Guatemala

 

Ambassador in Guatemala

Luz Mariela Zacarias

Designer
Luz Mariela Zacarias

Women are not only great, we also make great designers.

Light in Native Language: #Luz
Momena Saleem
Momena Saleem
Pakistan

 

Ambassador in Pakistan

Momena Saleem

Designer, Educator
Momena Saleem
Now, it’s time to reinforce our duty to our profession by educating, encouraging young women lighting designers in Pakistan and worldwide along with my colleague Ana Tanveer. We believe lighting design is a notable profession: make it simple but significant.
Light in Native Language: روشنی | ROSHNI
Pilasinee Rattarangsi
Pilasinee Rattarangsi
Thailand

 

Ambassador in Thailand

Pilasinee Rattarangsi

Designer
Pilasinee Rattarangsi

It is all about balance and harmony. Balance of male-female, yin-yang, or light & shadow, to create harmony and well-being in all aspects. In Thailand, around 80% of lighters are female, and they are amazing. But the most wonderful thing is that we are a big family!

Light in Native Language: #แสง #S̄æng
Rósa Dögg Þorsteinsdóttir
Rósa Dögg Þorsteinsdóttir
Iceland

 

Ambassador in Iceland

Rósa Dögg Þorsteinsdóttir

Designer, Educator
Rósa Dögg Þorsteinsdóttir

It’s illegal to pay women less than men in Iceland. That includes the 12 women that work in Lighting.

Light in Native Language: #LJÓS
Wulan Ayunda
Wulan Ayunda
Indonesia

 

Ambassador in Indonesia

Wulan Ayunda

Designer
Wulan Ayunda

I have met more female lighting designers than male in Indonesia. I think women have more sense about the detail and beauty, and that’s good for design.

Light in Native Language: #cahaya
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