Conference speakers

Leonardo Meigas
Title talk: “Visible and invisible light”

Leonardo Meigas is a highly qualified Estonian designer with extensive experience. His field of work is very broad extending from interior design to furniture, lamps and timepieces, communication design and corporate logos. /Design Excellence Estonia 2011. Estonian Design Center/

Ceramics designed at Leonardo Disain design agency have reached Belgium, France, Finland and Denmark. Other projects include VIP-area of the airplane An-74, visual information for Tallink cruise ships, corporate graphics for Estonian as well as Costa Rican, British, Ukrainian, American and Russian companies.

Leonardo Meigas has designed large scale light installations. A part of the millennium project „Time” (1999/2000) was reputedly the world’s biggest laser clock that showed real time on the facade of Tallinn City Government. „Hartmann’s Grid“ (2012/13) engineered by him was installed in the public spaces of Torun (Poland), Durham (England) and Riga (Latvia).

Leonardo Meigas has curated and designed a number of exhibitions, including three personal exhibitions of clock collections and several permanent exhibitions of Tallinn City Museum. He is the concept author of the portrait film titled „Designer no 1“, which depicts Professor Bruno Tomberg, the founder of professional design education in Estonia. As the author of „Uprolls“, the concept of upcycling industrial waste, he designes new products made of cardboard tubes. Seats designed by him were also used in the Estonian pavillion at EXPO Milan 2015.

Ulla Ridderberg
Title Talk: “Sense of immaterial Color”

Ulla Ridderberg is a light artist and scenographer working with projects which include temporary and permanent art installations. She integrates artistic light design in buildings and public spaces and is a frequent performer in annual light festivals in Sweden and abroad. Ulla investigates the artistic quality in light and is elaborating expressively with colors to create sensitive light.

In her speech Ulla will tell us about her background as a theatre scenographer and the reason she started working with light in large scales in city areas in 1999.

Professional experience

2011-2013: Public art ”In –Through–Out”, a permanent light & wall relief for a pedestrian tunnel. A commission from the Municipality of Linköping

2014: Permanent artwork with programmed light ”Capella Lumina – the Light Hut”. A commission from the Municipality of Linköping and Tekniska Verken

2010: Light art installation with sound under a bridge “Connection to Earth”. Linköping Winter Light Festival

2002-2004: Permanent artistic lighting of a water sculpture by Carl Milles. A commission from the Municipality of Linköping

1999: Initiator of Urban Lightshow at Millennia. Municipality of Linköping


2005-06: Art & Architecture. Kungl Konsthögskolan, The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm
1976: General Art, Crafts and Design. Nyckelviksskolan, Stockholm

Frederik Friedrichs
Title Talk: “Light in progress, lighting design methodology”

Frederik Friedrichs, IALD, joined the lighting design practice of Rambøll Norway in December 2015 after working as a Senior Project Leader in Zürich, Switzerland where he was involved with many projects of different scope and scale. He graduated from HS Wismar, Germany in 2012 with a Master’s degree in Architectural Lighting Design.

Frederik strives to combine lighting technology and lighting design to create user-oriented lighting design. The development of custom-made luminaires, and his expertise in daylight design are key aspects of his work and a source of continuous interest. Besides the process-oriented projects, he enjoys prototypical project proceedings.

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“I expect TAVA16 to be a great opportunity for knowledge exchange and a place to meet people with same interests in the matter of light.”
Professional experience

2015/12 – present: Senior Lighting Designer at Rambøll Norge AS (Oslo, Norway)
2014/7 – 2015/6: Senior Project Leader at Reflexion AG (Zürich, Switzerland)
2011/9 – 2014/6: Lighting Designer at Reflexion AG (Zürich, Switzerland)


2010/10 – 2012/7: Hochschule Wismar, Master of Arts, Architectural Lighting Design (1,3)
Thesis: »Luminance measurements for lighting design schemes and projects in practice«
2007/9 – 2010/7: Fachhochschule Düsseldorf, Bachelor of Arts, Communication Design (1,4)
Thesis: »Licht im Raum« (1,1). Product and editorial design
Membership: IALD Associate

Vivi Katarina Hennig
Title talk: “Lighting the townscape”

Vivi Katarina Hennig is a lighting designer IALD, MSLL and manager of WSP-Lighting Design in the southwest region of Sweden.

She has 15 years of experience in architectural lighting design – both for interior and exterior projects. Her portfolio with projects in Sweden, UK and Dubai entails abbeys and cathedrals, a modernist high-rise building, city entrances, parks and urban spaces, mountain passes and master-planning for municipalities. Vivi Katarina frequently gives masterclasses and workshops in lighting design. She is very passionate about the lighting design process and working with conceptual methods.

“I very much look forward to be part of the TAVA16 festival. I love the creative process and the mutual learning experience for students as well as for workshop heads. The group-dynamic are always very exiting and sometimes challenging so that every person in the group reaches the common goal.”

2013 Lighting Design, manager, WSP Southwest region, Sweden
2010-2013 CEO, senior lighting designer, Hennig Design, Sweden
2005-2010 Senior lighting designer, White Architects, Sweden
2003-2004 Assistant lighting designer, MBLD, London, UK
2001-2003 Landscape architect, lighting designer, Swedish Nat. Road Adm. Consultancy, Sweden


2007 Master in Light and Lighting – Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London, UK
2000 Master in Landscape Architecture, SLU, Alnarp, Sweden
1999 Lighting Designer – Jönköping University, Sweden
1991 Building engineer, Upper secondary school, Sweden

Joanna Thede
Title talk: “A slice of Nordic Light Art”

Joanna Thede is a visual artist, focusing on light as an artistic material. She is based in Råå in the south of Sweden. She works independently and in collaboration with other artists, lighting designers and other professionals. Joanna has been commissioned for public art installations.

In the works of Joanna, the diurnal and nocturnal rhythms of daylight and darkness often play an important role.
After graduating from the sculptural department at Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, Joanna engaged in light classes for professionals at Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm and at Malmö University, where she later came to co-teach. Her works have been exhibited in the Nordic and Baltic countries, as well as elsewhere in Europe.

Her main interest in light is to understand more of this ephemeral material as the fundamental means of life on Earth.

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„I’m looking forward to share some of my experiences in working with light and site-specific interactions with the public space during TAVA.”
Professional experience
Public Commissions (selected)
2016 Sketching competition for the dining area of Öland’s folkhighschool, Sweden
2014-2015 Sketching competition for the roundabout of Skaraborgsvägen in Borås, Sweden

Solo Exhibitions (selected)
2015: “Recollections” with Blister Sisters, WIP:sthlm, Stockholm, Sweden
2013: “Ljusur i dialog” (Light Dial in Dialogue). Light installations in private homes in Stockholm, Sweden
2012: “Reflections (Modulator)”, Tjörnedala Art Gallery, Simrishamn, Sweden

2009: Short courses “Visualising Research Processes” & “Colour, Light and Perception”, Konstfack / University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm, Sweden
2006: Short course “Light Installation”, Malmö University, Sweden
2000-2003: Bachelor of Honours in Fine Art, Sculpture, Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

Johan Moritz
Title talk: “Light in the city”

Johan is a professional member of IALD. Probably the first Lighting Designer full-time hired by a city. With his office in the City hall he has been able to create and help colleagues to take a position as one of worlds best planned and conjoined lighting masterplans and solutions for the City of Malmö. Now 15 years later the results are blooming and the citizens understand and use the urban environment, both day and night.


2002 – present Lighting Designer for the City of Malmö, Sweden
2000 – 2002
Lighting Designer, Project Manager at SPECTRA, Malmö, Sweden
1995 – 2001 Tech manager/Lighting Designer at Slagthuset, Sweden
1985 – 1995 Freelance 
Lighting Designer

Dario Nunez
Title talk: “Icelandic Lighting”

Darío Nunez is a Mexican-Icelandic Lighting Designer based in Reykjavík. He has very extensive experience in Architectural Lighting, which includes working experience in Europe, America and Asia.

Darío discovered his path in Lighting Design soon after he graduated as an architect. He began working for an independent lighting design office in Mexico where he developed an enormous passion to improve architecture and the built environment through light.

After some years, he moved to Iceland where he continued his career as a lighting designer. In this Nordic location, he gained more sensitivity to the importance of light for human beings. He decided to take the Master program in Lighting Design at the Hochschule Wismar with the goal of extending his academic and scientific background. He lived in Berlin while doing his internship and took part in different lighting workshops and seminars.

After his studies, Darío moved back to Iceland and founded his own studio called LuminArk. He then took an exciting opportunity to join the award winning lighting design team at Verkís, one of the largest engineering companies in Iceland, were he is now taking a leading role.

Dario is a board member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of Iceland (Ljóstæknifélag Íslands). He developed light-art installations for the Reykjavík Winter Festival 2014 and 2015, and is now taking part planning the Nordic Lighting Awards 2016, which is to take place Iceland this year.ío-nuñez-95904329


2016/04 – present Lighting Design Leader, Verkís Consulting Engineers, Iceland
2014/11 – 2016/03 Senior Lighting Designer, Verkís Consulting Engineers, Iceland
2013/11 – present Founder / Lighting Designer, LuminArk, Iceland
2012/05 – 2014/11 Lighting Designer, Lumex, Iceland
2011/08 – 2011/12 Intern, L-Plan Lichtplanung, Germany
2007/08 – 2010/09 Lighting Designer, Lumex, Iceland
2005/03 – 2007/06 Lighting Designer, Artenluz, Mexico


2010/10 – 2012/07 Master of Architectural Lighting Design, University of Wismar, Germany
1999 – 2004 Bachelor of Architecture, Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Monterrey, Mexico