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Tokyo, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Stockholm, New York, Singapore

Kaoru Mende

Born in Tokyo in 1950, he earned his Bachelor and Master degrees from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in the field of industrial and environmental design. In 1990, he founded Lighting Planners Associates Inc. The scope of his design and production activities ranges widely from residential and architectural lighting to urban and environmental lighting. He is also an active leader of “Lighting Detectives”, a citizens’ group that specializes in the study of the culture of lighting. He has been teaching lighting design at Musashino Art University, Tokyo University, Tokyo University of Art, and others.


Saiko Tanuma

Born 1974 in Tokyo, Japan. She studied human perception and lighting and earned Master of Media & Governance at Keio University. After she graduated University, she worked for the research centre of Toshiba lighting and Technology Corporation for three years, and worked on development of lighting environment. She is a member of Lighting Planners Associates Inc. since 2001 and involved in lighting design everyday. She is also in charge of Lighting Detectives activities in Tokyo.


Ulrike Brandi

Born 1957 in Goettingen, Germany. She studied Romance languages and literature at the University of Hamburg, Industrial Design at Hochschule für bildende Künste, Hamburg, Diploma under Dieter Rams. 1987 she founded Ulrike Brandi Licht in Hamburg, since 1996 limited company. She has been teaching design at Fachhochschule Duesseldorf and Hochschule für bildende Künste, Braunschweig. Lectures on lighting design and author of numerous publications. Married with Christoph Geissmar-Brandi.


Christoph Geissmar-Brandi

Born 1958 in Braunschweig, Germany. He studied Art History, German Literature and Psychology at the University of Hamburg. M.A. and Ph.D in Art History. After several academic fellowships he worked as independent curator for Albertina and Kunsthalle, Vienna, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, Museum fuer Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg and Deutsches Architektur Museum, Frankfurt/Main and other institutions. Author of several books, married with Ulrike Brandi and together with her owner of Ulrike Brandi Licht in Hamburg.


Christof Fielstette

Born near Münster, Germany in 1971. He is a lighting designer with a diploma in architecture. He studied in Würzburg and Hamburg and earned his degree from University of Applied Sciences Nordostniedersachsen. He is project manager at Ulrike Brandi Licht in Hamburg, providing lighting designs for buildings and external works. Between 1998 and 2000 he developed together with Christoph Geissmar-Brandi the software „L.E.O.S.“ (Light Energy-Optimising and Service). He teaches lighting design at University of Applied Sciences Hamburg in the faculty of architecture.


Katja Bülow

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1968. She has a Master of Architecture from the School of Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Furthermore she studied Lighting Design at University of Fine Arts and Design in Stockholm, Sweden. She has worked as a teacher and research assistant at the Lighting laboratory at the School of Architecture in Copenhagen since 1996. Now she is working on her Ph.D. dissertation "The integration of artificial lighting into architecture”. The project investigates points of orientation in the visually fragmented environment of the information society.


Aleksandra Stratimirovic

Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1968. She studied art at University of Fine Arts and Design in Belgrade, Yugoslavia and Lighting Design at University of Fine Arts and Design in Stockholm, Sweden. Since 1995 she is running her own company Strati in Stockholm. Her works are linked to the light. She is dealing mainly with lighting design, designing of lighting fixtures and light art for residential and public places.


Jason Neches

Jason earned his undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Maryland. He is presently a graduate student at the Lighting Research Center of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the world’s largest university-based research center devoted to lighting. He is the recipient of a Besal Scholarship, sponsored by Lithonia Lighting and the Philips Lighting Scholarship, sponsored by Philips Lighting of North America. His passions are architectural lighting design, jazz, and long walks in the mountains.


Reiko Kasai

A former pianist. Joined LPA after spending her most of the 20’s in the US and Europe. Between the year of 1996 and 98, she worked on numerous Lighting Detectives activities such as monthly seminars, exhibitions and interview project “To predict Tokyo nightscape in the year 2050”.  Now she bases in Singapore while constantly moving from place to place , and represents LPA Singapore office. She is also active as a writer covering topics on arts, architecture, design, and lifestyle mainly on tropical Asia for publications in Japan and vise versa in Singapore.

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