ALINA AINZA

Alina’s career in architectural lighting design spans fifteen years.  It has been influenced by her Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design from the University of Florida.  With a background rooted in design and fine arts, she has honed her skills to balance and sculpt the many qualities and nuances of light within the built environment.  While collaborating with numerous NYC-based architectural designers, artists and lighting firms she has contributed to an array of global lighting project types both interior and exterior for which she has received three IES Lumen Awards and been published in Interior Design Magazine.

Alina is a LEED Accredited Professional and aims to integrate energy efficiency in the studio’s daily practice.    

 

JOHN NEWMAN

John brings his passion for product development and integration of the latest lighting
technology to every project. Drawing from his experience on a wide variety of project types, both domestic and international, he seeks to create a synergy with other designers in product design and architecture and explore how light can be used to illuminate and inspire. Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in
International Business from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, he began an apprenticeship in lighting design in Washington D.C.  After relocating to New York, John studied at Parsons, The New School of Design where he obtained an MA in Architectural Lighting Design in 2001. 

John is an Adjunct Professor of Lighting Design at both The School of Visual Arts BFA Interior Design program, as well as Graduate Studies Program in Exhibition Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology.  John’s past work has been published in Metropolis Magazine, Esquire and Architectural Lighting Magazine.

 

RYOKO NAKAMURA

Ryoko studied Fine Arts at Musashino Art University in Tokyo and Lycée Jeanne D'arc in France. Ryoko’s foray in lighting began in Japan working for a German lighting manufacture where she designed lighting for museum projects. Her love for design, the Arts naturally led her to New York City. During her 9 year career in NYC, she has been an associate at Kugler Ning Lighting Design where she had the opportunity to work on such notable projects as Sterling Memorial Library of Yale University in New Haven CT. She has worked on projects spanning academic, retail, commercial, art galleries, museums and residential spaces. Ryoko brings a fresh perspective and sensitive understanding of the cultural as well as technical effects of light to every project.

 Ryoko’s work has been recognized by the Illuminating Engineering Society with Lumen Awards,LD+A magazine, Architectural Digest.