The Lux Awards 2017 Judging Panel

James Benya

James Benya is a professional engineer and lighting designer with 40 years of experience in architectural lighting design including daylighting, theatrical and performance lighting, urban streetscapes, light as art and zero net energy building design.

He is also the author of two books, Lighting Design Basics and Retrofitting and Relighting, and among the most widely respected international lecturers and speakers in the field of lighting design, daylighting design and efficient buildings. Together with lead author Deborah Burnett, James will be penning his third Wiley Publication entitled Evidence Based Lighting Design tentatively scheduled for release in late 2014.

John Bullock
Applications Editor, Lux

John joined Lux as applications editor at the beginning of 2016. He founded Equation Lighting Design in 1986, working on all types of architecture, including heritage, museum, and retail projects.

In 1998 he moved to Dorset and established John Bullock Lighting Design, carving out a new reputation working on residential projects, mainly in the South West. He has written for the lighting press for many years and played an active role in producing lighting commentary on his own website and in social media.

Nigel Eckersall RIBA
VE Experts

Nigel has been a visionary leader in the development of mixed use sustainable projects across the region for the past 12 years. Nigel was recently placed in the Top 50 GCC Architects the Power 100 in Construction GCC. His studies on facades and planning of cities for interactive façade environments have been recently published by the RIBA and his research into sustainable vernacular architecture has helped shape many future large scale projects.

Nigel has worked on leading hospitality projects across the middle east with a focus on the customer experience and the operator’s needs. More recently he has been changing the way in which the interior and exterior context of buildings correspond to the modern needs of the city.

Waleed Fakousa
CD+M Lighting Design Group

Waleed joined the Dubai office of CD+M in 2012. Mr. Fakousa has extensive experience collaborating with renowned architects and designers on high-profile projects around the globe. Prior to joining CD+M, he received a BA in Architectural Engineering and Building Technology and a Masters in Architectural Lighting Design from the University of Wismar, Germany.

Waleed assisted our Dubai office in several projects to be nominated and win the Middle East Lighting Design Awards 2014 & 2016 in two categories. He currently runs lighting design workshops at leading design firms to raise the awareness of the importance of lighting design in the various markets segments. He has also been awarded the 40Under40 recognition by LUX magazine during Lighting Design awards 2016 in London, UK.

Faraz Izhar
KEO Design Division

Faraz is an award-winning Architectural Lighting Designer working for KEO International Consultants and has over 11 years of experience in a range of lighting projects and applications. 

Faraz graduated as an architect and started work as a Lighting Designer in 2004 and joined KEO’s Abu Dhabi’ design division in 2008. Faraz’s responsibilities include managing the complete lighting design packages for the projects within KEO’s Design Division.

His experience covers lighting for residences, corporate offices, hospitality, facades, schools and universities, automotive showrooms, museums, religious and community buildings, landscapes, public realm, lighting for sports, transport terminals and lighting master planning.

Faraz carries the professional accreditation of National Council on Qualifications of Lighting Professionals. He is also an associate member of IALD and IESNA, and stays actively involved in the IALD activities specific to the region.  

Zeki Kadirbeyoglu
Light Design Studio

Turkey’s leading architectural lighting designer for over 27 years of experience; he founded the Light Design Studio in 1989 and key projects include Khan Shatyr in Astana, Hagia Sophia; biggest mix-use project Zorlu Center“Highly Commended” in LuxAward 2014; and Emaar Square Istanbul , as well as his first in Dubai; Al Fattan Crystal Towers ; to be opened end of 2016. Zeki is a founding member of the Turkish National Committee on Illumination ATMK, as well as a Professional Member of the IALD, has been a speaker at many national and international universities and events including PLDC 2013, ILDC 2013, Designers with Light Forum 2015 and Luxlive Middle East 2016.

Florence Lam

Florence is a Director and a Fellow with an international design, engineering and business consulting firm, Arup. 

She 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 sport venues and transport buildings to bridges all over the world.  

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.

Siddharth Mathur
Design Director, Studio Lumen

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 University of Sydney, Australia.

As an Architectural Lighting Designer , Siddharth assumes responsibility of ‘design leader’ on various complex projects, in addition to overall project management.

Cameron McPherson

Cameron is a dedicated hospitality specialist with over 30 years of experience in all facets of the industry including operations, corporate management, and development. He has Bachelor Degrees in Business and Interior Design, as well as Advanced Diplomas in Hotel Management and Culinary Arts. He is a passionate and motivated believer in “Out of the Box” thinking, innovation and creativity.

Based in Dubai for the past 6 years, he has worked in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Middle East and USA.

Ray Molony
Editor, Lux

An engineer by background, Ray Molony 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.

Lee Prince
Managing Director Light + Design Associates

Gordon Routledge
Publisher, Lux

Gordon Routledge is co-founder of Revo Media Partners – the publisher of Lux and Lux Review – and has over 17 years’ experience in the lighting industry.

In 2001 he founded Lumidrives, which he led until it was bought by Dialight in 2006. Gordon then went on to develop Dialight’s global lighting business unit.

A serial entrepreneur and innovator, Gordon is an inventor and co-inventor on 11 patents.

Regina Santos
Independent Lighting Designer

Regina Santos is an independent lighting designer currently working in Dubai/UAE since 2010, with a Bachelor degree of Arts in Industrial Design and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture & Urban Planning, and a Master of Science in Architectural Lighting Design from KTH the Royal Institute of Technology of Sweden, having 12 years of professional experience working with architecture before dedicating the past 9 and a half years to working with lighting design.

Alan Tulla
Technical Editor, Lux

Alan is Lux magazine’s technical editor and a well-known expert on LEDs and their practical applications.

An independent lighting consultant, Alan conducts Lux’s monthly product reviews and writes the popular Design Clinic series, which presents different ways of lighting everyday spaces.

He is a fellow and past president of the Society of Light and Lighting.

Martin Valentine
Lighting Expert to the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City

Martin and has worked in the field of specialist lighting design for over 25-years. A Masters graduate from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London; his experience encompasses a multitude of sectors from government buildings through to national museums and in environments as uniquely diverse as Antarctica and the Middle East.

In Abu Dhabi his work includes revising all current lighting specifications and briefs and advising on new lighting design standards and best practice. Leading the implementation of an Emirate wide Sustainable Lighting Strategy, cross-working with other government bodies and stakeholders and has overseen the lighting design on many of the Municipality’s key projects such as Sheikh Zayed Bridge, The Grand Mosque, Sheikh Zayed Street and the Abu Dhabi Public Realm & Street Lighting Handbook.