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Light Middle East Awards Jury

Siddharth Mathur

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Siddharth Mathur is a lighting designer based in Dubai, U.A.E.

Born in 1979, Siddharth received a Degree in Architecture from SGU Surat, India and after a brief stint of freelance work experience as an architect in India, proceeded to specialize in Lighting from the University of Sydney, Australia.

Having inherited an artistic flair and an exquisite sense of aesthetics from his early childhood, he found himself immersed in architecture and light at an early age. A passion for light, and specifically how it interacts with space led him to study further and take up lighting design as a profession.

Siddharth is a partner at Studio Lumen, a Dubai based lighting design studio. The studio is a melting pot for creativity brought about by a team from diverse backgrounds. Their work on projects in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the Indian sub-continent are a testament to their strong design philosophy.

The concept of ‘light not luminaires’ is adhered to in all their work, and Siddharth very famously says that ‘ we are in an effect based lighting business’ and do not pursue only technical compliance.

Studio Lumen’s latest projects reinforces this philosophy, and comes from hospitality & leisure, retail, F&B, and high end residential asset types.

Claudia Paz

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Bsc Arch, CLD – Certified Lighting Designer, IES Member, IALD Profesional Member

With a Bachelor Degree of Architecture, her passion for light moved her to create in 2001 an independent design practice that focus in lighting and constant research for new technologies that can be apply in their projects.

The design office is recognized by their unique projects integrating light, art, technology and interaction to the architecture and landscapes to create emotions in people and bring innovating design solutions.

Her career has been internationally highlighted with awards for the more outstanding projects and doing talks about her work in several countries.

www.claudiapaz.com

Dr. Amardeep M. Dugar

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A trained architect and an advocate for all the elements of lighting – design, education and research – Dr. Amardeep M. Dugar is the founding principal of Lighting Research & Design.

After completing a Masters degree in Architectural Lighting from University of Wismar/Germany, he pursued a Ph.D. from Victoria University of Wellington/New Zealand to solidify his academic and professional leadership role into a career at a higher level.

His notable achievements include being named the Outstanding Young Scientist at the India International Science Fest 2016 and 40-Under-40 Hottest Lighting Designers in the World 2017 by Lighting Magazine UK amongst others.

Aside from working on high profile projects and teaching at several architecture schools, he has been instrumental in conducting lighting workshops educating students and professionals about the importance of lighting.

He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Illuminating Engineering Society, and is also the co-founder of an online platform for lighting called the Virtual Lighting Design Community.

Ruth Kelly Waskett

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PhD CEng MCIBSE FSLL, Senior Associate (Lighting), Hoare Lea LLP

Ruth is a lighting consultant with a background in lighting design, engineering, and academia. She’s driven by the need to champion great lighting in buildings, with a focus on integrating natural and artificial light. Ruth started out as a building services engineer before specialising in lighting, giving her an appreciation of the key part played by lighting and daylighting in the wider context of sustainable building design.

Ruth’s PhD research looked at the user experience of smart tint-able glazing in a UK office, and she has a particular interest in the real-life issues associated with automated building technology, particularly those that offer daylight and lighting control.

Ruth was President of the Society of Light & Lighting (SLL) in 2021-22, a part of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). She led the revision of the SLL Daylighting guide in 2014 and is a regular contributor to guidance documents. She is a Board member and trustee of CIBSE and a visiting lecturer at the Bartlett School, UCL, with involvement in the MSc in Light & Lighting and MEng in Engineering & Architectural Design.

Arq. Magali Mendez

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ARCHITECT, MSc ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING DESIGNSáaS Lighting Conception

Architect in love with light, who found her passion almost 15 years ago. She has been traveling around the world trying to pursue her dreams an studied a Master in Lighting Design at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden and did practices at Wonderfulight in Bordeaux, France.

In 2009, she founded SáaS Lighting Conception and in 2017 they won the Construlita Lighting Awards for the best commercial Building.

Magali´s commitment with the profession has lead her to be active promoter of Light and be involved in edutation an events, she has organized events together with Light Collective and Anne Bureau, and she is part of the EILD Comitee wich organizes an event related with Lighting al over Latinamerica.

Nowadays she is the Ambassador of Women in Lighting Mexico and has won to be one of the 40under40 Lighting Designers 2020.

In October this year, she co-founded Light In Me, a studio dedicated to promote well being and balance where she is in charge of the Light + Health department. She runs it parallel to Sáas Lighting where they are specialized in Indoor Lighting Design.

http://www.saas-lighting.com

Facebook: @saas-lighting

Instagram: @saas-lighting

Linked In: MAGALI MENDEZ

Roberto Corradini

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Roberto Corradini is an independent Lighting Designer

Born in 1970, lives and works near Venice. Educated as an architect, has practiced for several years in various scale projects in Italy and abroad. He graduated also with a Master’s degree in Lighting Design. 

In the architectural lighting field, his interests are focused to explore the ways that light affects peoples’ environments and creates different settings and moods.

He works on lighting for art exhibitions, museums, hotels, residential projects, churches, retail stores, landscapes and gardens, historic buildings, and urban master-planning.

Since 2016 he is the creative director for Luci in Riviera’s Lighting Workshop, the first of its kind in Italy.

Most recently, he has been guest lecturer in USA, in UAE, Ireland, Netherlands, Russia, Iran, in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, at Venetian Association of Architects, at Friuli Venezia Giulia’s Charter of Architects and at Facoltà di Architettura Valle Giulia of La Sapienza’s Rome University.

He also teaches how to design with light for CPD programs and has published several articles in Italian magazines dedicated to the culture of lighting.

Roberto is a Registered Architect inVenice/I (Ordine degli Architetti PPC della Provincia di Venezia) and a former member of APIL (Associazione Professionisti dell’Illuminazione – Italian Lighting Designers’ Association).

He is also a member in the composition of Italian National Association for Standardization (UNI) Technical Committee CT 023 Technical Body for "Light and Lighting".

Watercolour painter for pleasure, he is also interested in travels, literature, arts, history, scientific researches.

Mark Lien

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Mark Lien, LC, CLEP, CLMC, HBDP, LEED AP

Mark has designed interior and exterior lighting systems for a wide range of applications including residential, municipal, retail, healthcare and both conventional and nuclear power plants. Over several decades he has provided lighting education while working, presenting and teaching across four continents. He serves on over twenty lighting related committees including ASHRAE, ANSI, IEEE, ISO and the IES. As a part of his job he also monitors over 100 lighting related organizations.

Mark is a columnist for Lighting Design and Application Magazine (LD+A) writing on the changes in our industry and he hosts a podcast on lighting trends and technologies. Mark has served on multiple boards and is currently on several executive committees advising various organizations. Mark ran the educational centers for both Cooper and Hubbell Lighting and was the Director of Government & Industry Relations for OSRAM SYLVANIA before joining the Illuminating Engineering Society and he serves as lighting consultant to the IES today through his company, Augmented Illumination.

Ziad Fattouh

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ZIAD FATTOUH | MANAGING DIRECTOR & PARTNER

BACHELOR IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION | BS CIVIL ENGINEERING | MASTERS IN ARCH. LIGHTING DESIGN

After completing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a degree in Civil Engineering at

Boston University, Ziad found himself drawn to the creative fields. Starting out in the glamorous world of

advertising with renowned agency Saatchi & Saatchi, after three years of working on hugely successful

print and TV advertising campaigns, Ziad decided to move into design via an opportunity that presented

itself in 1998.

Over the next three years, Ziad worked on design-and-build lighting projects that included facade

lighting schemes for skyscrapers, malls and universities. This invaluable experience offered him true

insight into lighting’s commercial-and-design aspects.

With design remaining his key passion and focus, in 2001 he co-founded Delta Lighting Solutions in

Dubai. Over the last 20 years, Ziad has designed more than one hundred projects throughout the Middle

East and beyond, with his completed undertakings including malls, luxury hospitality projects, master

plans, lighting for public-realm projects, mixed-use developments, and more. During this time, he also

obtained a Master’s Degree in Lighting Design from the renowned University of Wismar in Germany.

Under his supervision, Ziad’s lighting design firm has grown into a regional leader, carrying out projects

in 15 countries across the MENA region and the rest of the world. Thanks to their exceptional work

and reputation, he and his team have won numerous awards, with Ziad’s ambitions to transform Delta

Lighting Design into a global lighting design innovator prompting him to establish a second office in

London in 2015.

Ziad says his key strengths include being able to “effectively manage the design process as well as large

teams working on complicated projects, producing highly creative and well-executed lighting projects”.

When he’s not working, Ziad enjoys planning tennis and reading. He has dreams of being a sailor and a

golfer and enjoys getting out on the sea and the course when he has the time.

Praveen Thampi

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A Bachelor of Electronics & Communication Engineering, Praveen Thampi completed his Masters (M.Tech) in Illumination Technology from M.I.T, Manipal with flying colours & started his career as a Lighting Designer with Philips Lighting in the year 2000. He then went on to do his M.B.A in International Business from Apollo University, before the inception of his own Architectural Lighting Design & Consultancy firm called The Ministry Of Light, in 2004. With offices in Hong Kong, Mumbai & Dubai, The Ministry of Light is today one of the Largest Architectural Lighting Design firms in Asia-Pacific, with a Team of Architects & Interior Designers trained & specialized in Lighting Design. He is a born Artist & has a special talent in understanding & analyzing Building Architecture. Over the years he has “Conceptualised & Designed” the lighting for several world renowned Monuments & Heritage structures.

His Commercial office projects have been a Benchmark in the Industry in terms of Lighting Technology & introduction of Latest Lighting standards. He is one of the few Lighting Consultants worldwide who specializes & Spearheads Innovative & Sustainable Office Lighting Techniques by blending the ASHRAE Standards, WELL V2 Standards, CIBSE LG7 Standards & USGBC LEED V4 Standards and formulated a new Lighting Quality Standard Concept – LQS for all his projects.

He is also a Technology Consultant for Several renowned Global Lighting Companies as well as Lighting Control System companies & helps in developing & evaluating Lighting Management systems based on DALI, POE, KNX and several other IOT platforms. He was one of the first Lighting Consultants worldwide to effectively introduce an Integrated Lighting Management system into a Commercial Office environment way back in 2004, with the introduction of DALI & DSI connected Occulux system which paved way to Intelligent/Smart Lighting in Commercial offices. He is also a Technology consultant to several Lighting controls companies globally