Judge Emeritus

Mark Major

Mark was educated in the UK and overseas. He trained and practised as an architect prior to focusing on the unique relationship between light and architecture. He first met Jonathan Speirs at Lighting Design Partnership before opening his own practice in 1989.

In 1993 he formed a working association with Jonathan Speirs and Associates which developed into Speirs + Major. He is the Director responsible for running the day to day activities of the London studio. Mark has worked on a diverse range of international projects from architectural lighting to urban master–planning and light art and has been honoured with a number of national and international lighting awards including the Lighting Designer of the Year 2007.

He has also worked on three RIBA Stirling Prize winning projects; Magna Science Adventure Centre, 30 St Mary Axe and the Maggie’s Centre in London.


Iain Carlile

With a background in electrical and electronic engineering, Iain’s fascination with the human, artistic and technical aspects of lighting prompted him to specialise as a lighting consultant, joining dpa lighting consultants in 2004, where he leads a team of talented designers working on a diverse range of projects around the world.

Iain is President Elect of the Society of Light and Lighting (SLL)

Star Davis

Star is Head of Lighting at WeWork, leading a team of international designers focusing on light and daylight. Guiding her approach is a deep understanding of architecture, visual perception, physics, manufacturing and construction methodology. Formerly at Arup, her projects include, Fulton Center, SFMOMA, the Lowline, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

She is an alumnus of Parsons, MFA Lighting program and has a degree in engineering from Duke University.

Jill Entwistle

Jill Entwistle is the executive editor of Lighting (Illumination in Architecture) and has specialised in architectural lighting both as a magazine editor and writer since 1994.

Jill is the author of three books on lighting, including Detail in Contemporary Lighting Design (Laurence King).

She is the editor of the first BCO (British Council for Offices) Guide to Lighting.

Paul Gregory

Paul Gregory is the founder and president of Focus Lighting. Projects designed by Paul and his team may be seen across the United States and in other major cities around the world, including the hundredth anniversary of the Times Square Ball, Daniel Libeskind’s Crystals at CityCenter in Las Vegas, and the Ottawa Holocaust Monument in Ottawa, Canada. Paul was named Lighting Designer of the Year, inducted into the Lighting Design Hall of Fame and has received multiple IALD and Lumen Awards

Florence Lam

Florence is an Arup Fellow and leads Arup’s global lighting design practice. Her particular expertise in daylight, visual perception and holistic lighting approach play a key role in many of her projects, from museums to airports, bridges to city precincts all over the world.  She was responsible for delivering a range of lighting projects for the London Olympic Games 2012. Other projects of significance in London include the Millennium Bridge, Tate Modern, Kings Cross Western Concourse, Leicester Square Garden and the British Museum World Conservation Centre.  Her current lighting masterplan projects include the Paddington Central and the Bermondsey development.

Florence was named the Lighting Designer of the Year at the UK Lighting Design Awards in 2013. She is also the recipient of the Lighting Award from the Society of Light and Lighting in 2014.

Malcolm Innes

Malcolm has 25 years experience of architectural lighting and light art. Having worked with KSLD and Speirs and Major, Malcolm’s portfolio includes several multi-award winning projects including two IALD Radiance awards and nine IIDA awards. Malcolm is now a Reader in Design at Edinburgh Napier University. His book, “Lighting for Interior Design” is published in five languages.

Mark Middleton

Mark Middleton is the Managing Partner of Grimshaw’s London office. He has specialist architectural expertise in rail, aviation and metro design projects including the Lubetkin prize-winning Southern Cross Station in Melbourne, Pulkovo Airport in St Petersburg and the redevelopment of London Bridge station.

Vasiliki Malakasi

Vasiliki is an award winning architectural lighting designer with over 12 years of presence in the lighting field. She graduated with a Diploma in architecture from Glasgow School of Art in 2004. After completing the MSc in Light and Lighting at the Bartlett, she joined Arup Lighting in London.  In 2013, Vasiliki established Idea Design an independent design consultancy, with clients including the Rothschild Foundation and the Rothschild Family Office. In June 2017 Vasiliki joined GIA Equation as an Associate Director.  Vasiliki is an active Professional member of the IALD, she served in the IALD Membership Committee for 4 years and is involved with the Lighting Industry Resource Council (LIRC) Events Committee.

Francis Milloy

Francis Milloy is an architect, artist, lighting designer and urbanist who has contributed to many award winning architectural and lighting projects around the world. He established his design practice in New York City in 2015 and has exhibited as an artist in both the US and UK. He is a professional member of The Royal Institute of British Architects, The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and is a part-time Faculty member at Parson’s New School for Design

Ray Molony

An engineer by background, Ray has written about lighting for over 20 years. He is the editor of Lux Review and the publisher of Lux magazine. He studied electrical and electronic engineering at Dublin City University and worked on various projects in the defence industry. He’s the co-author of the acclaimed book, Light: Reinterpreting Architecture, which was published by Rotovision in 2001 and translated into numerous languages. His current obsession is reclaimed luminaires.

Chad Rains

Chad has over 25 years of experience as an architectural lighting designer and is the founder of Illuminationworks. He started his career in New York City working for Gary Gordon and Johnson Schwinghammer and was recruited by Isometrix in 2001. Chad has worked on award-winning projects all over the world and is a professional member of the IALD.

Luke Smith-Wightman

Luke is an independent lighting designer and industrial designer with 17 years experience in the industry. Having worked at BDP for eight years he established his company Fine Science in 2010 to focus on lighting design, daylight consultancy and product design. Recent recognition includes IF and German Design Awards for luminaire design work.

Dr. Karolina Zielinska-Dabkowska

Karolina as a trained architect, pursued a career in lighting by working for several world-renowned lighting design firms as L-plan/DE, Fisher Marantz Stone/US, Spears + Major and light bureau/UK as well as reflexion/CH.

In 2013 she co-founded the firm Designs 4people [d4p], where she currently practises as a lighting designer. She has participated in a number of international conferences, and has written articles for national and international publications. She is also a professional member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD).