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Plenary Session: Urban Lighting in Busan

Sungde Hong | Professor of Interior Design, University of Shin Ansan; President of Korea Association of Lighting Designers (KALD) and Urban Lighting Advisory member for Seoul and other cities (KR)

Prof. Hong specialises in urban lighting policy. His research focuses on the nighttime light pollution, specifically related to the Light Pollution Prevention Act in Korea. His research also includes media façades especially in regards to digital LED billboard technology.

Uh-Chan Ryu | Professor, Pukyong National University (KR)

Uh-Chan Ryu works as a full-time professor of Pukyong National University in Busan and has developed lightings using such as LEDs, smart sensors for indoor, outdoor, and marine applications. Professor Ryu also has participated in the standardization of Regulations on Promotion of High-Efficiency Energy Equipment Supply and Korean Standards on LED lightings. Now he is a member of the Light Pollution Prevention Committee of Busan and the Good Light Committee of the Seoul Metropolitan Government.

Hyunjoon Yoo | Professor, Hongik University and Principal, Hyunjoon Yoo Architects and Space Consulting Group (SCG) (KR)

Hyunjoon Yoo (A.I.A.) is professor of Hongik University and principal of Hyunjoon Yoo Architects and Space Consulting Group (SCG). He graduated from Yonsei University with a Bachelor of Architecture and continued his study at MIT and Harvard University where he received M. Arch and M. Arch with Distinction. After graduating Harvard University, he worked for Richard Meier & Partners Architects. As he established his own firm, Hyunjoon Yoo Architects, he has been recognized as an architect through many awards such as International Architecture Award Chicago Athenaeum and German Design Award.

LUCI Talks

Kaoru Mende | Lighting Designer and Principal at Lighting Planners Associates (JP)

Kaoru Mende was born in Tokyo in 1950.  In 1990, he founded Lighting Planners Associates Inc. The scope of his design and planning activities ranges widely from residential and architectural to urban and environmental lighting design. Mende is also the acting chief of the “Lighting Detectives”, a citizens’ group that specializes in the study of the culture of lighting.

Mende has been involved in such superb projects as Tokyo International Forum, JR Kyoto Station, Singapore City Center Lighting Master Plan, Alila Villas Uluwatu, Gardens by the Bay and Tokyo station.

Books Mende has authored include, among many others, “Transnational Lighting Detectives” (Kajima Publishing), “Designing with Shadow”(Rikuyosha), and “LPA 1990-2015, Tide of Architectural Lighting Design” (Rikuyosha).

Roger Narboni | Lighting Designer, President of CONCEPTO (FR)

French lighting designer, born in 1953, Roger Narboni founded near Paris in 1988, CONCEPTO lighting design studio. He launched in 1987 a new discipline called Light Urbanism and has realised since then more than 150 lighting master plans and 20 dark infrastructures as well as numerous landscape, urban and architectural lightings in France and abroad, some of them with international recognition and awards.

He is now a worldwide expert for city lighting strategies and dark infrastructures and has developed since 10 years, prospective researches and creative studies on the topic of the future of urban lighting. He lectures in many countries in the world, wrote a large number of articles and is the author of many known books.

Miguel Sangalang | Executive Director and General Manager for the Bureau of Street Lighting of the City of Los Angeles (LA LIGHTS)

Miguel Sangalang serves as the Executive Director and General Manager for the Bureau of Street Lighting of the City of Los Angeles (LA LIGHTS). As the head of the agency his role is shaped by two major responsibilities: The upkeep and improvement of the city’s 220,000 street lighting infrastructure assets; and the adoption of new tools and practices to ensure the city meets the needs of its residents well into the future. To that end, he is working to make street lighting a true neighborhood asset that reflects the culture of the communities it illuminates, improves public safety, and helps bridge the digital divide. Miguel previously served as Deputy Mayor for Budget & Innovation for LA Mayor Eric Garcetti. He directly oversaw the annual city budget, performance management, personnel, risk management, procurement reform, technology infrastructure, as well as sustainability, equity in service, gender equity, data, and emerging technologies.

Open Conference Sessions

Heike Besier | Urban Planner, Department for Urban Development and Construction, City of Leipzig (DE)

Heike Besier is an Urban Planner who has been working for the City of Leipzig, Department for Urban Development and Construction in the field of Urban Planning and Urban Design for many years. She is responsible for the design of public space, the organization of urban design competitions, for Leipzig’s lighting masterplan and various lighting projects. She has been representing the City of Leipzig in the LUCI Association since the foundation of the network.

Fréderic Durand | Head of the Studies Department, Urban Lighting Department, City of Lyon (FR)

Frédéric Durand joined the public lighting department of the City of Lyon in 2000 after several experiences in the energy department. For more than twenty years, he has been learning about and adapting  urban lighting technologies through experimentation and measurement. Present from the start of the LUCI network, he became involved in the LUCI Light and Art Commission and then participated in the Art & Culture Pillar working group.

Alex Huang | Head of Professional Sales at Louis Poulsen Asia (SG)

Alex Huang is the Head of Professional Sales at Louis Poulsen Asia. Having worked in the lighting industry based in different metropolitan areas across Asia-Pacific, Alex has considerable experience in urban, architectural and decorative lighting as well as lighting control systems.

Liz Pugh | Co-founder/Creative Producer, Walk the Plank

As co-founder/Creative Producer for one of the UK’s leading arts organisations, Walk the Plank, Liz has created work that engages people as participants as well as spectators – from large scale civic celebrations and parades to memorable outdoor performances.

Walk the Plank have been making work in public space for thirty years. The company’s current project,  Green Space Dark Skies, invites thousands of people to animate wild places with light, using specially commissioned ‘geolights’ to create patterns on the landscape, captured through a series of films, and broadcast via the BBC.

Liz has worked with British Council in West Africa, Hong Kong, Caribbean, Ukraine; and co-designed two European training programmes, with 11 European partner countries: School of Participation (2019-21), School of Spectacle (2017-19).

Marjut Kauppinen | Head of Public Lighting, City of Helsinki (FI)

Urban lighting has been a crucial part of the professional work of Marjut since 1998. She had a unique opportunity to participate the design aiming at the festivities of year 2000 when Helsinki was the Cultural Capital and had its 450th anniversary. Helsinki built over 40 lighting installations, both temporary and permanent, with international designers and high-level ambition. Ever since Marjut has been gathering more knowledge and experience in the field of urban lighting in several roles: as city official, consultant, teacher, architect and now as the head of public lighting of her hometown. During the last 10 years she has been the Kruunuvuorenranta light art coordinator and seen its metamorphosis from harbor to residential area. Marjut’s objective is to develop harmonious and safe nighttime cityscape in Helsinki with clear views to the starry skies.

Yejin Kim | Civil Servant, City of Jinju (KR)

Yejin Kim majored in architectural engineering and is currently working as a civil servant in Jinju.

As a team member of the Housing and Landscape Division, she plans and promotes landscape lighting-related projects in accordance with the ’Jinju City Landscape Master Plan’. She believes that lighting is not only excellent in function, but also should play a role in pleasing people’s eyes, and with this belief, she is doing her best to make Jinju City’s urban landscape that satisfies both functionality and aesthetics.

Hassan Tatou | Vice Mayor, City of Rabat (Treasurer of LUCI) (MA)

Mr. Tatou is the Vice Mayor of the City of Rabat, Morocco. Besides this official post, he is a adjunct professor of Territorial Development at Faculty of Juridical, Economic and Social Sciences – Souissi (FSJES Souissi) in Rabat and Administrative Councillor in the Moroccan parliament (house of councillors).

Drs. H. Hari Wuryanto | Vice Regent, Madiun Regency (ID)

Drs. H. Hair Wuryanto is the Vice Regent of Madiun or the regional vice of the Madiun Regency for the working period of 2018 to 2023. He is the promoter of the first successful street lighting project with the public-private partnership scheme in Indonesia as in order to realize the city’s goal of becoming a smart city as well as the initiator of the vision of Madiun Regency as an investment-friendly district.

International Panel Discussions

Youngho Baik | Chief Consultant, ECOLANT (KR)

Youngho Baik has over 27 years of experience in the lighting industry. He has a long track-record in marketing and strategy, lighting product management, and new business development. He is a member of the Seoul Urban Light Council. He is also an Executive Board member of KALD (Korea Association of Lighting Designers), an urban design committee member of IEFZ, Incheon city, Bucheon City and Gangneung City and a member of Korea smart lighting industry development consultative group. Since 2020, he has focused on future urban lighting development and consulting for carbon neutrality and smart city. As part of his social activities, Baik serves as smart lighting lecturer at Korea Institute of Lighting & ICT.

Eliza Choo | Director, Urban Design (Central Area East), Singapore, Urban Development Authority (SG)

Eliza is a qualified Architect and believes in the healing virtue of great spaces and cities. Since joining the Urban Redevelopment Authority, Singapore’s planning and land use authority, she has been given the opportunity to be involved in numerous wide-ranging projects such as the Gillman Barracks, Rail Corridor, Holland Village Extension etc.

She currently oversees a team of architects working on Downtown Core, Marina South, Newton and Rochor projects in precincts like Marina Bay, Central Business District, Civic District, Marina Centre and Bras.Basah.Bugis where many of the sites are subject to night lighting guidelines and shape Singapore’s signature skyline. As an urban planner and urban designer, Eliza believes in partnering development owners, building professionals to create delightful places and nightscapes in the city centre.

Heather Claridge | City Development Plan Manager, Glasgow City Council (UK)

Heather is an urban planner, designer and geographer with 14 years public sector experience. At Glasgow City Council, Heather has helped shape place policy, supported creative partnerships within Glasgow’s Canal Corridor, led temporary urbanism initiatives, developed green and blue infrastructure and fostered social lighting projects. In 2019, she was seconded to Architecture & Design Scotland to develop a new ‘carbon conscious places’ service, working with the Scottish Government and local authorities across Scotland. Heather is currently guiding the development of Glasgow’s next City Development Plan. Outside work, she is a Board Director for the Academy of Urbanism, an affiliate of the UN Habitat’s Planners for Climate Action, Charity Trustee of the Green Action Trust, Royal Town Planning Institute Urban Design Champion for Scotland and former UK Young Planner of the Year 2018. 

Thomas Dienberg | Deputy Mayor for City Development and Construction, City of Leipzig (DE)

Since 2020, Thomas Dienberg is the Deputy Mayor for City Development and Construction at the City of Leipzig. His professional experience includes leading the offices and departments of planning, spatial planning, construction regulations and environment in the Cities of Northeim and Göttingen. Mr. Dienberg is also an active member of various associations, for example as Deputy Chairman of the Committee of Construction and Transport at the Association of German Cities (DST) and Chairman of the Group of Experts for Urban Heritage Conservation BMI.

Imran Alam | Councillor, Glasgow City Council (UK)

Councillor Imran Alam was elected to Glasgow City Council in May 2022 representing the Govan Ward, on behalf of the Scottish Labour Party.

He is the Vice Convenor of the Operational, Performance and Delivery Scrutiny Committee, member for the Education, Skills and Early Years City Policy Committee and has also been recently elected on to the Planning Committee, allowing him an opportunity to have a bigger say in planning projects, including lighting, across the city.

In June 2022, he was nominated to be the LUCI Association representative and is honoured and privileged to represent the City of Glasgow in such a prestigious and international network.

Outside of his council duties he has his own highly successful hotel and property investment company based in Glasgow.

Jean-Baptiste de Scorraille | Deputy Mayor of the Public Lighting Department in the City of Toulouse (FR)

After beginning his career in the armed forces, Jean-Baptiste de Scorraille has been a sales executive for more than 30 years in an agribusiness company. Currently he is Deputy Mayor of the City of Toulouse in the Jean-Luc Moudenc mayoral team since 2014.