2020 Project Judges

Colin Ball | Lighting Director, BDP

Colin leads the London office of BDP’s award winning lighting team. With a background education in architecture, he has worked as a lighting designer for 25 year, including with Speirs + Major and Isometrix, joining BDP in 2011.

Phil Caton | Creative Director, PJC Light Studio

Phil has more than 25 years’ experience in architectural lighting design.

After building his career in Hong Kong and Asia, Phil joined Isometrix in London before founding his own award-winning lighting practice.

Louis Clair | Principal Lighting Designer, Light Cibles

Originally a mechanical and electrical engineer, Louis founded Light-Cibles in 1983, the first independent professional lighting design consultant in France. The award-wiinning practice expanded into Asia in 1990, Quebec in 1998 and the Middle East in 2000.

Jill Entwistle

Jill Entwistle has specialised in architectural lighting both as a magazine editor and writer since 1994. She is the author of three books on lighting, including Detail in Contemporary Lighting Design (Laurence King).

Akari-Lisa Ishii | President, I.C.ON

After studying fine arts and design, and then training with pioneering lighting design firms including Brandston and Partners in New York, and Light Cibles in Paris, Akari-Lisa founded independent lighting consultant I.C.O.N. in 2004, which now has offices in Paris and Tokyo.

Eva Jiricna | Owner, Eva Jiricna Architects

A Czech-born architect based in London since 1968, Eva studied engineering and architecture until 1962, then gained an MA at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts. She founded Eva Jiřičná Architects in 1982 and her Prague practice AI Design with Petr Vágner in 1999. A member of RA, RDI, and an honorary member of the RSA, she was awarded the CBE in 1994, has received 11 honorary doctorates and, in 2019, the Lifetime Achievement Medal from the London Design Festival.

Ray Molony | Chairman

Ray studied electrical and electronic engineering at Dublin City University, and has written about lighting for more than 20 years. He is editor of Lux Review and publisher of Lux magazine. He’s the co-author of the book Light: Reinterpreting Architecture, published by Rotovision.

Laura Phillips | Associate Director, Arup

Laura Phillips studied fine art and design before obtaining a masters in lighting at Parsons School of Design, New York. She initially worked for a series of independent lighting consultants in the US and UK, joining multi-disciplinary practice Buro Happold in 2005 as head of lighting. In 2018 she joined Arup.

Natalie Redford | Associate Director, KSLD

Natalie began her career as a lighting designer at KSLD in 2006, before studying and working in Sweden, where she gained her MSc in architectural lighting design at the Lighting Laboratory of KTH University, RIT, Sweden. As associate director at KSLD, she now liaises between its Iceland, Norway and Scotland offices.

2020 Product Judges

Paul Beale | Director, 18 Degrees

Paul Beale originally qualified as a building services engineer and worked atArup as a lighting designer before co-founding award-winning independent lighting consultant 18 Degrees. He has served on the board of directors of the IALD and currently serves on the IALD Europe steering committee.

Jonathan Coles | Director, Jonathan Coles Studio

Jonathan has spent more than 25 years in the lighting industry designing bespoke and production lights for many well-known lighting companies. His award-winning studio, formed in 2006, has also created special fittings for leading lighting consultants and celebrities, including chandeliers for the actor Jude Law. He is currently creating bespoke light features for Battersea Power station.

Clementine Fletcher-Smith | Associate Partner, Speirs + Major

Clementine studied architecture before she moved into lighting design.She joined Speirs + Major in 2005, completed an MSc in light and lighting at the Bartlett, UCL, in 2009, and become an associate partner in 2014.  She is a regular speaker, and is actively engaged in lighting education

Theofili Machairidi | Specialist Lighting Consultant, Delta-Theta

Trained as an architect and lighting designer, Theofili has more than 10 years experience in the lighting industry in Europe and the Middle East. With an MSc in light and lighting, she has worked with Isometrix, LDI and Foster + Partners. She is one of the founding partners of Delta-Theta Lighting Consultants.

Vasiliki Malakasi | Associate Director, GIA Equation

Vasiliki, a 40under40 winner, graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2004 and subsequently practised as an architect in Greece. After completing her MSc in light and lighting at the Bartlett, UCL, she joined Arup lighting in London. In 2013, she established Idea Design, before joining GIA Equation as an associate director in June 2017.

Ray Molony | Chairman

Ray studied electrical and electronic engineering at Dublin City University, and has written about lighting for more than 20 years. He is editor of Lux Review and publisher of Lux magazine. He’s the co-author of the book Light: Reinterpreting Architecture, published by Rotovision.

Mary Rushton-Beales | Principal & Founder, Lighting Design House

Mary has more than 30 years experience in the lighting world, having begun her career with Philips Lighting in the 1980s and run her own independent lighting design practice since 1995. She has lectured on lighting design to degree-level students of interior and three-dimensional design since 1988.

Greta Smetonuite | Project Designer, Michael Grubb Studio

Greta joinded Michael Grubb Studio in 2014 after graduating from the Arts University of Bournemouth with a BA (Hons) in costume and performance design. She is an ambassador for Women in Lighting, an international digital platform that is working towards gender equality within the lighting industry.  She is also a volunteer for the ILP’s knowledge-sharing Lighting for Good forum.