Lighting Designers 2022

Moving people with light is an art. And if anyone has mastered that art, it’s our lighting designers. With knowledge and passion, they create pieces together with our students that affects the visitors.

 

Meike Goessling, based in Hong Kong/Germany

Meike is a trained architect with 15 years of work experience in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

She started her career in Berlin but then moved to Hong Kong a couple of years ago. Since 2019 she is working as a Daylight & Architectural Lighting Design Consultant.

Meike is used to collaboration with international teams and cross-cultural teamwork characterizes her practice and approach to creative work, considering local context and conditions.

She draws inspiration from interaction with a site, the architecture, and cultural influences, as much as the broad mindset that is present throughout this diverse region and the profession itself. Her experience includes lighting design lead for airport and cultural projects, educational buildings, public developments, lighting media and exhibitions

Meike was in Alingsås last time in 2012 as a workshop head. Together with the German lighting designer Melanie Rosenthal they illuminated the train station underpass.

Meike Goessling, based in Hong Kong/Germany

Meike is a trained architect with 15 years of work experience in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

She started her career in Berlin but then moved to Hong Kong a couple of years ago. Since 2019 she is working as a Daylight & Architectural Lighting Design Consultant.

Meike is used to collaboration with international teams and cross-cultural teamwork characterizes her practice and approach to creative work, considering local context and conditions.

She draws inspiration from interaction with a site, the architecture, and cultural influences, as much as the broad mindset that is present throughout this diverse region and the profession itself. Her experience includes lighting design lead for airport and cultural projects, educational buildings, public developments, lighting media and exhibitions

Meike was in Alingsås last time in 2012 as a workshop head. Together with the German lighting designer Melanie Rosenthal they illuminated the train station underpass.

Jonathan Plumpton, based in USA

With almost 30 years of experience, Jonathan has worked on a large variety of project types, domestically in the US and internationally. Expertise and focus on creative, dynamic, forward-thinking, sustainable lighting strategies is a core value and strength.

Jonathan holds a BA from the University of Vermont and a Masters degree in Interior Design from Pratt Institute. He lives in Oakland but is based in San Francisco.

Prior to joining Luma Lighting Design as the Associate Principal, Jonathan was the Vice President and national leader of WSP’s USA lighting group. Today he has his own lighting design firm – Jonathan Plumpton Lighting Design.

He wants to be one of this year’s workshop heads because he is interested in giving back to the lighting community that has given him so much during his career. Jonathan has mentored staff and students over the years and would love the opportunity to continue in Alingsås.

– I find the role of exterior lighting in the public realm is at an inflection point; as our smart cities evolve, we must remember to be sensitive to the needs and emotional responses of people as we balance the desire to express ourselves with the multitude of options available, Jonathan says. It is a great responsibility that the next generation of lighting designers must embrace with respect and care.

Jonathan Plumpton, based in USA

With almost 30 years of experience, Jonathan has worked on a large variety of project types, domestically in the US and internationally. Expertise and focus on creative, dynamic, forward-thinking, sustainable lighting strategies is a core value and strength.

Jonathan holds a BA from the University of Vermont and a Masters degree in Interior Design from Pratt Institute. He lives in Oakland but is based in San Francisco.

Prior to joining Luma Lighting Design as the Associate Principal, Jonathan was the Vice President and national leader of WSP’s USA lighting group. Today he has his own lighting design firm – Jonathan Plumpton Lighting Design.

He wants to be one of this year’s workshop heads because he is interested in giving back to the lighting community that has given him so much during his career. Jonathan has mentored staff and students over the years and would love the opportunity to continue in Alingsås.

– I find the role of exterior lighting in the public realm is at an inflection point; as our smart cities evolve, we must remember to be sensitive to the needs and emotional responses of people as we balance the desire to express ourselves with the multitude of options available, Jonathan says. It is a great responsibility that the next generation of lighting designers must embrace with respect and care.

Kay Flounders, based in Scotland

Kay studied at Napier University in Edinburgh and graduated in 2005. She started my career in lighting over 13 years ago at Lighting Design Partnership International working on both local and international projects.

After 7 years with the company, she moved on to Speirs + Major, Edinburgh working on largely international projects in partnership with influential Architects and Landscape Architects.

She moved to NSLD in 2018 to gain knowledge into the world of theatre and exhibition design. This fast-paced facet of lighting allowed her to create dynamic and multi-level visual spaces which enhanced her enthusiasm for light.

She is currently a Senior Architectural Lighting at WSP in Edinburgh and work as part of the UK team.

– Over my career my passion for light has grown, and I love nothing more than sharing that love with others, Kays says. Light is not only a tool to enhance but also to create experiences, change moods and feelings within spaces and something which I strive to bring to all my projects is the joy of light.

Kay Flounders, based in Scotland

Kay studied at Napier University in Edinburgh and graduated in 2005. She started my career in lighting over 13 years ago at Lighting Design Partnership International working on both local and international projects.

After 7 years with the company, she moved on to Speirs + Major, Edinburgh working on largely international projects in partnership with influential Architects and Landscape Architects.

She moved to NSLD in 2018 to gain knowledge into the world of theatre and exhibition design. This fast-paced facet of lighting allowed her to create dynamic and multi-level visual spaces which enhanced her enthusiasm for light.

She is currently a Senior Architectural Lighting at WSP in Edinburgh and work as part of the UK team.

– Over my career my passion for light has grown, and I love nothing more than sharing that love with others, Kays says. Light is not only a tool to enhance but also to create experiences, change moods and feelings within spaces and something which I strive to bring to all my projects is the joy of light.

Martina Alagna, based in England

Martina is an Architectural Lighting Designer based in London with a strong background in visual and performing arts. In the theatre she fell in love with the light that surrounds us, and that is something that never ceases to amaze her.

Martina graduated with a bachelor at the Academy of Fine Arts in 2014 and 2017 a master in lighting design and LED technology at Politecnico di Milano – Milan, Italy. 2017 began to work at the award-winning lighting consultancy Nulty Lighting, designing crea­tive lighting solutions for hospitality, commercial, retail, exhibition, public realm projects and lighting masterplans in the Middle East.

She is thrilled to be part of Lights in Alingsås this year and look very much forward to arouse the curiosity in light and lighting of the younger generation and create inspiring installations together with the exceptional lighting team.

– As art & design lover and devoted traveler, I never stop exploring to feed my creativity and find inspiration, Martina says.

Martina is part of the Lighting Design Awards’ 40 under 40 Class of 2020 and since the beginning of 2022, she´s the business development and marketing manager for Linea Light UK.

Martina Alagna, based in England

Martina is an Architectural Lighting Designer based in London with a strong background in visual and performing arts. In the theatre she fell in love with the light that surrounds us, and that is something that never ceases to amaze her.

Martina graduated with a bachelor at the Academy of Fine Arts in 2014 and 2017 a master in lighting design and LED technology at Politecnico di Milano – Milan, Italy. 2017 began to work at the award-winning lighting consultancy Nulty Lighting, designing crea­tive lighting solutions for hospitality, commercial, retail, exhibition, public realm projects and lighting masterplans in the Middle East.

She is thrilled to be part of Lights in Alingsås this year and look very much forward to arouse the curiosity in light and lighting of the younger generation and create inspiring installations together with the exceptional lighting team.

– As art & design lover and devoted traveler, I never stop exploring to feed my creativity and find inspiration, Martina says.

Martina is part of the Lighting Design Awards’ 40 under 40 Class of 2020 and since the beginning of 2022, she´s the business development and marketing manager for Linea Light UK.

Berry Van Egten & Ellen Goulmy, based in the Netherlands

Berry and Ellen are working and living together. They have their own lighting design studio Berlux lighting design (BXLD) and own Lighting Design Academy. They love to make hands on programs, guerilla lighting and participate in workshops, design contests and festivals.

Berlux Lighting Design is an independent lighting design agency that was founded in 1993. The company focus on lighting design, lighting advice and light art. Through the years Berry and Ellen have built up over 1500 projects, both on national and international basis. Berry was in Alingsås 2008 as a workshop head and illuminated Stampens Kvarn. Since 2012 Berry and Ellen have teamed up and successfully participate in Amsterdam Light Festival with a team of students in 2016-2018.

During December of 2019 they organized Lights in Blokzijl for the first time, an event that is inspired by Lights in Alingsås with focus on workshop and education. Next edition of this event will be postponed until 2023 due to the pandemic.

On the question why they want to be workshop heads this year, they reply:

– Lights in Alingsås is a beautiful place which we visit every year. We love the town and the concept of Lights in Alingsås. We love to teach and inspire the participants with our love for lighting.

Berry Van Egten & Ellen Goulmy, based in the Netherlands

Berry and Ellen are working and living together. They have their own lighting design studio Berlux lighting design (BXLD) and own Lighting Design Academy. They love to make hands on programs, guerilla lighting and participate in workshops, design contests and festivals.

Berlux Lighting Design is an independent lighting design agency that was founded in 1993. The company focus on lighting design, lighting advice and light art. Through the years Berry and Ellen have built up over 1500 projects, both on national and international basis. Berry was in Alingsås 2008 as a workshop head and illuminated Stampens Kvarn. Since 2012 Berry and Ellen have teamed up and successfully participate in Amsterdam Light Festival with a team of students in 2016-2018.

During December of 2019 they organized Lights in Blokzijl for the first time, an event that is inspired by Lights in Alingsås with focus on workshop and education. Next edition of this event will be postponed until 2023 due to the pandemic.

On the question why they want to be workshop heads this year, they reply:

– Lights in Alingsås is a beautiful place which we visit every year. We love the town and the concept of Lights in Alingsås. We love to teach and inspire the participants with our love for lighting.

Michela Bonzi & Frank Seemann, based in Switzerland

Michela and Frank are working together as the Italian and German lighting design collective Lucespazio, establish in Switzerland since 2018. They have both over 20 years’ experience of professional lighting design handcraft informed by architecture, theatre and public art.

– As a female-male duo, we are well aware to approach each lighting project differently. In democratic exchange of our differences (man-female, gay-straight, northern-southern European, east-west political heritage, theatre-architecture background) and in genuine and uncompromising love of light and lighting / the willingness to fight for the right solution, we create lighting ideas, concept and projects, Michela says.

Michela and Frank are also university educators and have lighting design classes at HSLU University of Applied Sciences Lucerne, ZHDK Zürich University of the Arts and the Light Lab, KTH Stockholm.

 

 

Michela Bonzi & Frank Seemann, based in Switzerland

Michela and Frank are working together as the Italian and German lighting design collective Lucespazio, establish in Switzerland since 2018. They have both over 20 years’ experience of professional lighting design handcraft informed by architecture, theatre and public art.

– As a female-male duo, we are well aware to approach each lighting project differently. In democratic exchange of our differences (man-female, gay-straight, northern-southern European, east-west political heritage, theatre-architecture background) and in genuine and uncompromising love of light and lighting / the willingness to fight for the right solution, we create lighting ideas, concept and projects, Michela says.

Michela and Frank are also university educators and have lighting design classes at HSLU University of Applied Sciences Lucerne, ZHDK Zürich University of the Arts and the Light Lab, KTH Stockholm.