COLLABORATIVE COMMITTED DRIVEN DIVERSE TECH-SAVVY CURIOUS GLOBAL PASSIONATE
Rachel Gibney joined Available Light
(Boston, New York and Raleigh) as an
intern but quickly rose to designer and
is now senior associate. After studying
theatre design and production at the
University of Arizona, ‘I worked around
the country at various theatres and
festivals, but I wanted more,’ she
says. ‘When I discovered architectural
lighting design it presented a different
design challenge involving a blend
of art and science that I jumped at
the opportunity to pursue.’ She
returned to her alma mater in 2016
to speak on theatrical lighting in
permanent spaces, having already
garnered awards of merit from the
IESNA and the IALD. Her goals include
mentoring and – eventually – setting
up her own practice.
With titles such as Medieval Sensation
Colours, and Luminous Climate and
Anthro-psychology Light, lighting
designer/artist Romano Baratta’s
works reflect both his academic and
technical rigour. Among the highest
rated is his Light#20 False Sunset,
a 2015 installation that recreated
the changing colours and intensity
of a sinking sun, first in daylight
then at night, where it could never
have been seen in the first place.
It was commissioned by the city of
Giulianova, in the Abruzzo region
of Italy, for the facade of its Karsaal
cultural centre. Flanked by the
Appennines, Giulianova never sees
the sun drop below the horizon.
A colleague described him as ‘a kind
of alchemist of the future’.
Shu Jiang is senior lighting designer at
Auerbach Glasow Lighting Design, San
Francisco, which she joined from Erco
and Office for Visual Interaction, New
York, before that. At OVI she worked
on concept designs for the Citadel
Capital Office Building, Cairo; Kuwait
University College of Arts and College
of Education, and Stanford Hospital,
Stanford, California, among others.
She has a bachelor’s in architectural
engineering from Tianjin University,
China, and a lighting master’s from
Hochschule Wismar, Germany.
Her current projects include the
San Francisco Transbay Transit
Center and the $1.3bn University of
California Merced Campus Expansion.
She was a guest thesis juror for
Parsons School of Design, New York,
in 2015 and 2016.
Photo: Romano Baratta Lighting Studio