WIL Global Gathering 2022
The WIL Global Gathering event is an online event to celebrate International Women’s Day, the 3rd anniversary of the Women In Lighting (WIL) Project and to connect our growing network and community together. The WIL Global Gathering is open to everyone in the lighting community regardless of gender. We invite you all to join us online on 8th March 2022. It features an inspiring selection of sessions themed as follows: Global Light, Global Action, Global Journey and Global Work.
The event is divided into three parts to ensure that we are able to include presentations from around the world and enable participation from different time zones. This will ensure our event is truly global. Please join us for part of the day or all day if you can. There will also be a WIL Social Roulette at the end of each part.
Happy International Women’s Day to you all and a big thank you to all our sponsors and supporters who have made the event possible.
The WIL team
Global Light : Light around the world. We’ve asked 6 lighting designers who all live in different lighting conditions to share their local light with us in a short presentation.
Global Action : Looking at the different initiatives that the lighting community are doing to make the world of light a better, more balanced and more informed place.
Global Journey : Highlighting and delving into the unique lighting journey of an influential and respected member of the lighting community.
Global Work : We are all connected by design, by projects and by the tools and techniques we use. This sections takes a short sharp look at projects around the world.
Global Roulette : 45 minutes of free flowing conversation where you can virtually meet and share your background, inspirations and daily lives with new and old friends in just 3 minutes per conversation. You will be randomly matched to a selection of the other attendees and have 3 minutes to connect, chat and exchange. We really hope that you enter into the spirit of the session, connect with as many people as possible and most of all have fun!
PART 1: Asia Pacific Zone
6:00AM—9:30AM GMT // Convert time
Anujna Dyaneshwar / Maatimol
We started working together in 2014, on a community radio project in the remote Himalayan hills of Garhwal. It was my first earthen building project, as an assistant to late architect Didi Contractor, who has left behind seminal architectural work of Neo-Vernacular style, a living tradition of artisans and a handful interns, some struggling to document her work and others, trying to explore Neo Vernacular architecture in a diversity of contexts we live in!
At Maatimol, we aspire to create carefully designed earthen buildings that are relevant with the modern lifestyle and responsible in their consumption. We use local, natural materials with techniques that are ancient, but designs that are contemporary. Most of our clients are, although families with urban background are by choice moving into smaller, often off grid homes in villages or wilderness. In other words, people willingly stepping down the ladder of increasing consumption.
My mentor, Didi Contractor, brought light to the darkest of the corners and revealed the beauty of the most humble abodes. And in that lies our inspiration and the reason to build.
What’s On – 5 Thai Lights
Pilasinee Rattarangsi / RANGSI ATELIER Co., Ltd.
Pila graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Rector Certificate of Honours, then she continued her studies with a Master of Architectural Lighting Design at Hochschule Wismar – University of Applied Sciences, Germany. In 2005, she completed her theatrical and architectural lighting design apprenticeship with Jesper Kongshaug, Scenograferne, Det Kongelige Teater (The Royal Danish Theatre), Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects in Copenhagen, Denmark.
After this she joined White Arkitekter AB in Gothenburg, Sweden before returning to Thailand and continuing to work with light throughout Asia. Currently she is a founder of RANGSI ATELIER; an independent Lighting Architect, Business Development Consultant, Guest Lecturer, Speaker and more…
Pila’s lighting experience in Europe, Asia and Nordic countries has sharpened her ability to merge local culture and modern lighting design in the best possible way.
She is a Registered Architect in Thailand. To share her knowledge, she has been invited to guest lecture at the Assumption University and since 2016 at King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Bangkok, Thailand.
The effect of urban lighting on perceptions of safety for women and girls in Melbourne, Australia
Hoa Yang / Arup
Jett Blyth and Light Collective / Blyth Electrical
Starting out and pursuing a career in electrical, Jett started working in commercial and then moving into industrial and domestic electrical.
In her spare time Jett is mostly with her family and is the singer of a classic rock cover band and a singer of a Motley Crue tribute band (Looks That Kill) and enjoys writing, singing and producing music.
“of Space, People & Light”
Aviva Gunzburg / NDYLight
Aviva is passionate about lighting design and believes that a well-designed lighting scheme will enhance a space, providing energy efficiency, and improving end user experience. She leans towards a luminance-based approach to design, tempered with a lighting ergonomics philosophy and seeks to create spaces which promote a sense of comfort and safety.
Using her technical knowledge and collaborating with the designer, Aviva creates environments where light is key but light fittings are not. She has had the privilege to work as an independent lighting designer within large building services companies her entire career. This as given her experience in a diverse variety of design projects including commercial, healthcare, hospitality, retail and domestic lighting as well as landscape, area, sports, road and railway lighting.
Otto Ng / LAAB architects
Based in Hong Kong, LAAB has received recognitions from global design communities, including the Architizer A+ Award, Archdaily TOP 100, and Japan Good Design Award BEST 100. In 2020, LAAB was awarded the Design Studio of the Year by the INDE Awards and featured as the Next Progressives by the Architect Magazine.
Otto graduated from MIT, and worked in the US, UK and Italy, prior to cofounding LAAB. An innovator at heart — Otto was honored among TATLER Asia’s Most Influential in 2021, remarking on how he pioneers the architecture of the future.
Spanish passion, German Precision and Chinese Efficiency: an exceptional vision
Alberto Sanchez, Jerry Yu, Pascal Krepel / Sky NOA
The Studio was established in 2018 in Shanghai and Hong Kong.
Founding it on the basis of ‘not only architecture’ but with the idea of promoting space for creative minds of all areas. Providing a platform for people to share, develop and grow personally and as a community. It is the aim to work alongside like-minded people and clients embarking a strong connection and new projects.
The three founders are a collaboration of three different cultural backgrounds bringing together a vision of cross boarder encounters:
German Precision and
The practice disciplines itself include not only architecture, retail space, work space, private residential and furniture design, but go beyond other disciplines with international experience in design, construction and procurement, from small to big scale.
The practice founders are consisting of Alberto Sanchez, Pascal Krepel and Jerry Yu. Together we share rich backgrounds with more than 10 years experiences in China and across Asia.
We have worked in the fields of architecture, interior design, procurement and sourcing, especially in context of retail but get involved in a weirdly wonderful mix of other creative challenges.
With creating this practice our aim is to work alongside like-minded people and clients;
‘Creating exceptional visions – together!’
We love combining ideas and thoughts, getting them out onto paper, seeing them come to life and eventually becoming real spaces. Spaces we can walk through and experience, making habitants or respectively visitors smile and feel good.
Cultural aspects of lighting design
Chanyaporn Bstieler / Inverse Lighting
In addition to teaching, Chanyaporn has directed significant interior and urban lighting research projects, collaborating with local and international institutions and industry partners. Her research focuses on the human factors and cultural differences in lighting design and innovation. She has also served as a committee of the Thai lighting association, which developed national lighting design guidelines.
Professionally, she is the Managing Director of Inverse Lighting Design (Bangkok), an award-winning lighting practice with offices in Bangkok, Hong Kong, and London. She also plays a vital role in promoting lighting best practices for design professionals in Thailand and ASEAN region through seminars and workshops.
The Lighting Detectives
Noriko Higashi / Lighting Planners Associates
While supporting his business, she is also in charge of LPA’s publicity so that the completed projects and activities of LPA are to be press-agented widely. She focuses on Lighting Detectives administration and planning, as well as Lighting Detectives’ events that take place at home and abroad. She is an affiliate member of International Association of Lighting Designers.
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PART 2: Europe / Middle East / Africa Zone
11:00AM—2:30PM GMT // Convert time
Shetland: a tale of light at 60° North
Malcolm Innes / Centre for Island Creativity
Even with very varied academic responsibilities, lighting is still at the heart of what he does and light art remains a key part of Malcolm’s output, both in private practice and through university based research and public engagement projects. Recent work includes community co-design work to transform pedestrian routes in Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site through light, projection and sculptural interventions. Malcolm also continues his research and practice in the intricacies of conservation lighting and is an invited member of the IES Museum and Gallery Lighting Committee.
Manal Kahale / Lights for Lebanon
With the conditions in Lebanon largely kept the same, she decided to move back and work as a freelance lighting designer while putting her knowledge to use in solving an issue that haunted the country like a spectre: The absence of light at night.
The situation deteriorated even more when less than a year later, the biggest nonnuclear explosion occurred in Beirut’s port. However, the people, stood up and banded together and this time Manal decided to be one of them. She founded Light for Lebanon, under the US based Light Reach Program, a civil movement that aims to secure solar powered light to the families and streets ravaged by the explosion, all while trying to bring the beautiful sense of community the country is so famous for.
Resilience happens when the people can see the light at the end of the tunnel, so what will they be capable of if we bring the light closer to them?
How to be an Ally
Neil Knowles / Elektra Lighting
Neil lives in Walthamstow with his partner and 2 delightful children, where he spends his weekends doing a lot of sports including running, swimming, karate, kickboxing, table tennis and more.
Nishi Shah / Lighting Design International
For over 25 years, she has worked her way up through the ranks, seeing the company more than quadruple in size and change from a small studio in a little-known profession, to one of the foremost lighting design consultancies in the world.
Nishi has designed numerous award-winning schemes in the UK and abroad. As a team leader and now a Design Director, she has nurtured the talents of many designers over the years and has enjoyed working on a variety of prestigious projects ranging from Resort Hotels and Office Developments to Spas and Private Residences. Her experience working on some of LDI’s largest projects has been crucial in achieving excellence, helping to secure their leading status in the industry. Her extensive portfolio includes One Hyde Park, Heckfield Place, Ham Yard Hotel to name a few.
Experience Design in Lighting
Melissa Mak / Arup
To her, light is an indispensable design element and it has a magic to transcending and transforming the space to a different dimension and perception. She has been promoting Sustainable Development from wellbeing perspective, focusing on lighting connection with human emotions.
Melissa has completed many international lighting design projects across a wide range of business sectors; commercial buildings, education buildings, museums, landscape, public realm and lighting master planning. Projects including The Shard in London, London Bridge Quarter, Sainsbury Laboratory in Cambridge, Stonecutters Bridge in Hong Kong, Shenzhen Stock Exchange, Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, Doha. Apart from this, Melissa also plays an active role in fostering creative design culture within lighting team in Arup.
She is passionate about nature and fascinated by the design of creation. She often draws inspiration from it to fuel her design creativity. She has taken diploma course at Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in London focused on Plant Growth and Development. This has provided her a better understanding about the relationship between plant and light. Melissa strongly believes that designer has an important role to play to shape a better environment- with the aim to achieving a harmony and symbiosis of man and nature.
Rodin muséum or invisible artificial light
Stéphanie Daniel / Agence Stéphanie Daniel
She has specialised in museographic lighting since 2000: Musée Rodin, Musée Grévin, Musée des Beaux-arts de Orléans, de Pont-Aven, Kourou’s space center, whilst also being involved in lighting for live performance; theatre, opera and dance, working with recognised stage directors; Stanislas Nordey, Denis Podalydés, Zabou Breitman, and Martine Wijckaert.
With more than 280 productions and over 25 years of experience, she is used to working in a variety of environments and enjoys creating in different universes using light as a tool and a source for emotion. She was honoured in 2007 with the French award “le Molière” as the best lighting designer for “Cyrano de Bergerac” directed by Denis Podalydès at the theater La Comédie-Française.
The quote “Why something instead of nothing” from Leibniz is her leitmotif.
Light where the sun sets last
Paula Rainha / Filamento
She lived in London for 5 years, where she had the chance to work with great lighting teams and be a part of a strong lighting community in the UK.
Since she moved back to Portugal, more than 10 years ago, and lacking this professional and inspiring community, Paula has been raising awareness of the profession and the impact of lighting on the built environment amongst students, architects, engineers and clients. In 2014, she founded Synapse, an independent lighting consultancy. In 2020, Synapse merged into the new practice Filamento, joining forces with Joana Mendo. Filamento is currently working with several high-profile architects and clients on various projects from the urban to the residential scale.
Paula is also the Women In Lighting project ambassador for Portugal.
A Light Journey in Bright Sunny Middle East – Light Insights and Case Studies
Regina Santos / Light Fusion
Colors in between: The poetics of dark skin
Raquel Rosildete and Katia Kolovea (WIL) / colours inbetween
In theatre, she develops concepts through time and spaces using light as an instrument, transforming them into other spaces or even into characters inside one narrative. In architecture she transforms the fantastic into reality and composes lighting for a subject that inhabits the space in the most unexpected ways.
She has studied in Brasília (Universidade de Brasília), Barcelona (Instituto Europeo di Diseño) and Copenhagen (Aalborg University). Now she is a Berlin based artist and has worked with architecture lighting in offices like Lichtvision, Buro Happold and currently with iart in Switzerland.
In theatre she has toured in dozens of Brazilian cities with different plays and exhibition projects. In Berlin she works mostly with decolonial and anti racist thematics, in spaces like Ballhaus Naunynstraße, Ufer Studios, HAU, Gropious Bau, Delphi, Sophiensaele among others.
Her labour grounds the research of the places in between theatre and architecture, art and technical knowledge, nature and culture, tangible and non tangible. She is a visual storyteller and brings light to people, their bodies, stories and spaces from thoughts to life.
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PART 3: The Americas
4:00PM—7:30PM GMT // Convert time
Under the Same Sky – Observations of light and dark in the Sonoran Desert
Claudia Kappl-Joy / CLL Concept Lighting Lab
The collaborative practice is grounded in attentive observation, continuous listening, accurate analysis and experience in responding to constraints and opportunities. Finding the right balance, both in the design response itself as well as the adequacy of means are founding principles. The award winning project portfolio includes includes economical and boutique lighting solutions for public, cultural, commercial, hospitality, retail and high-end residential projects in the U.S. and abroad.
Claudia is a Certified Lighting Designer (CLD) and a member of Women in Lighting (WIL), the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and the Illuminating Engineering Society (MIES). An adjunct lecturer at the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA) at the University of Arizona (UofA), she is part of the immersive [Meta]physics of Light course for the undergraduate program. Additionally, she participates in workshops, co-chairs juries and regularly attends reviews at various design schools within the United States and abroad.
Claudia Kappl-Joy holds a Master in Architecture MSc (TU Graz, Austria) and a Master in Architectural Lighting Design MSc (KTH Stockholm, Sweden) and has lived and worked in both fields in Austria, the U.K. and Sweden. Since 2007 she calls Tucson home and work base.
Her fascination with the ephemeral quality of light and its interplay with space results in the continuous search for “atmosphere” in design, through collaboration and interaction with light.
My light world
Diana Joels / Concepdual
Became an educator at the Lighting Laboratory at KTH, in Sweden, where besides teaching, she was Master theses coordinator.
In this same institution, acquired her own master degree in 2006, after 5 years working with lighting in interior spaces in Rio de Janeiro, her home town.
After completing her master studies, she worked at the award winning artec studio, in Barcelona, initially as lighting designer and then as lighting department coordinator, participating in large scale international projects.
Back in Brazil, started her own practice concepDUAL, working both with lighting design projects, design methodology consultancies and educational activities.
Works in collaboration with lighting designers colleagues and practices in Brazil and abroad, both for the development of specific projects as well as design process facilitator.
In 2020 started Light Drops, in partnership with Paula Carnelós: a project focused on experiential learning experiences about light. In 2021, Light Drops was co-creator of the LED Forum program.
Board of AsBAI, the Brazilian association of lighting architects between 2013 and 2019, being responsible for the educational area between 2016 and 2019.
In 2019, was awarded in the 40under40 - Lighting Design Awards.
Responsible for the lighting design area of the Instituto Europeo di Design in Rio.
Guest lecturer and thesis tutor at KTH.
Professional member of AsBAI. Educator Member of APDI, Spain. Enthusiastic collaborator of Women in Lighting Brasil.
Splits her daily life between the urban jungle in Rio and the direct contact with the earth at the farm. Considers herself an activist of natural and essential light.
Owning It. Circular Economy and Embodied Carbon Impact by Design.
Leela Shankar / Borealis Lighting Studio
In 2021, the Flint Collective NYC, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation she founded to enhance the experience of public space through light, was recognised with a Lumen Award Special Citation for Lighting as a Tool for Social Impact by the Illuminating Engineering Society NYC.
Leela holds a Master of Architecture (Hons) and Master of Fine Arts – Lighting Design from Parsons School of Design and a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney. She has been published on industry platforms including Dezeen, Designing Lighting and illumni, presented at industry events including LEDucation, Walk Bike Places and IES Meet the Moment Series, guest lectured at Parsons School of Design and Syracuse University, and is an active member of the DLFNY, IALD, IES, and AIA.
Paul Gregory and Light Collective / Focus Lighting
Paul’s designs reflect the belief that a sense of drama and theatre is inherent in successful architectural projects. The primary goal is to ensure that when a patron enters a showroom, hotel, or restaurant, or when a passerby first looks at a lit façade at night, the initial impact is as stunning and memorable as the moment the curtain rises on a Broadway stage.
Utilising Technology in the Process of Preproduction
Emily Bornt / Lighting Entertainment and Production Services
Emily took advantage of every opportunity to learn programming and drafting, and began operating and designing for smaller projects. In her early 30’s Emily moved to Los Angeles and started her own design company. Since then she has had the opportunity to travel the world programming and operating lights for concerts, live television, game shows, corporate events, AR/XR Broadcasts, installs, and immersive experiences. Her experience crosses over into video and scenic, utilizing different types of software and technology for preproduction and implementation.
While Emily provides mentorship to younger aspiring designers and students, she also runs a Facebook group for those who have the “non-male” experience in the entertainment industry. This group offers support, work opportunities, and sense of community for those who may not have access to inclusive work environments.
A Perspective from Another Lighting Industry
Patricia Bernal / Because of Light
Priscila Pacheco / Kûara Design
LIGHT AND WATER
Antonia Peón-Veiga / Antonia Peón-Veiga
She received the award for best Master’s thesis with Drawing Light, processing the lit environment, where she explores the graphic representation of light and lighting design. She obtains the Richard Kelly Grant 2010 to continue with the research of hers Master’s thesis and publish it. Finalist in 2010 of the Targetti Light Art Award with the piece Facing the Technique, where she explores the physical detail of different lighting technologies through the use of magnifying glasses. Finalist in 2019 of the LAMP Awards international prize with the lighting project of the Biobío Regional Theater and DARC Awards shortlisted with the Sonic Affects project.
In 2010 and 2011, she worked at Tillotson Design Associates office in New York, participating in projects with offices such as SANAA, Diller Scofidio and Renfro, OMA, KPF and SHoP.
She has lived in Santiago since 2012, the year in which she developed the lighting for the Biobío Regional Theater, a MOP contest awarded to the office of Smiljan Radic. At the same time, she works as an independent architect and has designed the lighting for dance productions such as Nosotres (2012), Rito de Primavera (2013), Popsong (2014), Acapela (2015), Gong (2016), Oropel (2016), Null (2016), Violeta (2017), Sonic Affects (2018), Landscape Dance (2019-2021), Hammam (2019-2021) as well as Locutorio (2017) in theater.
Co-founder in 2013 of EstudioPAR, architectural lighting office. In 2019, she founded an office under her name.
Starving for darkness
Jane Slade / Speclines/Anatomy of Night
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