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Conference Speakers

The PLDC conference speakers are selected via paper submissions. Each paper submission is read and evaluated anonymously by three members of the Paper Reviewing Committee. The submissions are evaluated on the general quality and professionalism of the proposed paper, the suitability of the proposed paper to its declared track, the innovative character of the proposed paper’s contents and the absolute importance the jury ascribes to the topic of the proposed paper. Based on the evaluation points awarded by the Paper Reviewing Committee, the Steering Committee of PLDC selects the final (approximately) 70 papers for presentation.

Never before did an international conference programme for architectural lighting design offer such high-calibre speakers and important content for the development of the industry. PLDC 2017 in Paris sets new standards; the organisers are proud to present this year’s speakers.

Andrés Sánchez/MX/DE

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Trained as an architectural engineer in Mexico City, Andrés Sánchez formerly collaborated with renowned architecture and lighting design studios in Mexico, where he played a key role in the concept and development phase as well as in the realisation of interior, landscape and stage lighting projects.

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Christian Klinge/DK

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Over the past 30 years Christian Klinge has worked internationally on design concepts, project management, consultancy, and development within the field of lighting.Today Christian is Head of Innovation internationally, and responsible for the quality and constant development of the lighting solutions delivered.

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Dario Maccheroni/IT/AT

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Dario is an engineer and architect. He began specialising in lighting design towards the end of his studies and after gaining his Master’s degree in 2008. From 2008 to 2011 he collaborated with Studio GMS in Milan, where he was responsible for developing lighting masterplans and architectural lighting projects.

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Ana Miran/UK

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Ana Teodora Miran, a Master’s student and design graduate from Edinburgh Napier University, is a dedicated and innovative lighting designer with a passion for inspirational yet practical designs.

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Richard Taylor/UK

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Richard has been heavily involved with lighting design, product design and production processes since the early nineties. With a varied academic background in engineering and business management, he not only does industrial work but also commits time and resources to training and development.

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Vellachi Ganesan/SG/US

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Vellachi is a lighting designer, light artist and design educator who works collaboratively to create work that is meaningful and affective to the human being. Currently she lives in Salt Lake City/US, where she is a Project Lighting Designer with Spectrum Engineers and an Associate Instructor at the School of Architecture, University of Utah.

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Joe Vose/UK

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Joe Vose joined Light Bureau in 2012 and was involved in a broad range of projects in the UK and internationally. Alongside lighting design work Joe has created and organised workshops under the banner of #makesomelights.

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Birgit Bierbaum/DE

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Birgit Bierbaum’s work includes collaboration with international architects from the Middle East, Europe and the United States. She started at agLicht, spent four years working in Dubai and joined licht raum stadt planung in 2011.

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Colin Ball/UK

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From a background education in Architecture, Colin Ball has worked as a lighting designer for 20 years; with experience at Speirs + Major and Isometrix Lighting + Design prior to joining BDP in 2011.

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Stephen Willacy/DK

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Stephen Willacy has been working as chief city architect for Aarhus City Council for the past five years. In this position, he contributes towards continued innovation in the field of city planning, urban design and architectural quality.

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Dr. Heli Nikunen/FI

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Dr. Heli Nikunen comes from the field of stage lighting and she has been involved in a number of theatre, dance and new media projects. She is now active in the field of architectural lighting and is especially interested in museum lighting.

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