The Chicago-based International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) has welcomed several new Professional-level members to its organization.
IALD Professional membership is available to architectural lighting designers who have at least five years of experience in the field in the role of senior designer or above in an independent consulting practice. IALD members worldwide must meet the highest educational and ethical standards in order to belong to this community and are accepted as Professional members on the strength of their portfolios and recommendations.
Mollie Clarahan, IALD, Senior Lighting Designer at SHW Group in Ferndale, Mich., graduated from Oregon State University in 1986 and worked in the interiors field for three years before altering her career path to lighting design. Her work for Detroit-area lighting design firms Illuminating Concepts and Illuminart provided her an opportunity to develop her abilities with a wide variety of project types, including national retail, luxury residential, commercial, worship, exterior landscape and façade lighting. She established Lumenations Inc. in 1995 to provide lighting design to a growing number of clients in the area for 10 years while teaching lighting design at Lawrence Technological University (LTU). Clarahan developed several courses for its architecture, interiors, and architectural engineering programs, including basic and advanced lighting design courses. She also co-taught Electrical Systems 1 – Lighting and Environmental Systems: Acoustics & Lighting. Most recently, Mollie helped to implement and design LTU’s new state-of-the-art Lighting Design Lab. In 2013, she joined SHW Group, where she designs and manages critical lighting designs for national K-12 and university projects. Clarahan is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and a past president of the Michigan section of the IES.
Lina Färje is an architectural lighting designer for Ljusarkitektur in Stockholm, Sweden. She has a Master of Architecture degree from KTH – the Royal Institute of Technology and has worked on a wide range of lighting projects of varying scales including the Sölvesborg Bridge, Engelbert Jewellery Boutique, and a Västra Eriksberg IALD Award-winning project. She has been involved in collaborative planning processes in urbanism as well as in activist practices. She has also worked on lighting for dance performances and organized educational lighting workshops and seminars internationally.
Jenni Gillard is an architectural lighting designer in Brisbane, Australia. She holds a Bachelor degree in Illumination and Master degree in Lighting. She began learning about light and lighting while employed for a consulting firm supporting World Expo Australia (Brisbane 1988) and Japan (Osaka 1990). In 2005, she launched her own lighting studio, which has won many awards. One of her projects was lighting the Dyslexia Foundation forecourt in Christchurch, New Zealand. She has also illuminated the world’s largest oceanarium in Singapore, which is comprised of 43 habitats and took two years of mathematical modelling, research, and design before completion.
Peter A. Hugh, IALD, principal of Hugh Lighting Design in Oak Park, Ill., has been practicing architectural lighting design for 25+ years. Prior to starting Hugh Lighting Design in 1998, he worked for C.M. Kling and Associates in Alexandria, Va., and also ran the lighting group for A. Epstein and Sons Int’l in Chicago. His interests and inspirations come from human psychology, biomimicry, and light and health studies. Hugh has been actively involved with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America for many years, recently serving on the Board of Directors as the Midwest Regional Director.
Katja Winkelmann of Licht01 in Hamburg, Germany, has been active in lighting since 1985, when she began work as a technical draftswoman in an engineering office. She worked at Brickl Design in Hamburg and later independently as a lighting designer for 10 years on international projects in all areas of professional lighting design before founding Licht01 Lighting Design in 2001. She has been an active member of the Professional Lighting Designers Association (PLDA) for many years and served as its President Elect in 2013-2014.