Lightinspace is headed by Alkestie Skarlatou who has over fifteen years of experience in the architectural and lighting design practice. Alkestie has initially trained and practiced as an architect. Completing a masters degree MSc Light and Lighting at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London marked a turn in her career and the initiation to the lighting design world. After working with a leading UK lighting consultancy she decided to further pursue the subject of lighting on a theoretical base by successfully supporting a PhD thesis in the Bartlett School.
Alkestie has put theory into practice by working with some of the most prestigious lighting practices in London and in personal projects worldwide including Switzerland, Bahrain, United Kingdom, Greece, India, Russia, Belgium and Mauritius. Collaborating with large and reputable architectural firms she has collected awards as part of these teams. Her portfolio includes a variety of projects ranging from residential, commercial, retail, hotels, spas, transport and exterior and landscape.
Highly motivated and enthusiastic, she remains passionate and engaged in every project researching thoroughly before continuing to proposals. Her architectural and research background has significantly benefited her reasoning and overall work as a lighting designer. This has been acknowledged by the clients, colleagues and the architects or interior designers she has collaborated with.
Alkestie is a professional member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), a member of the professional bodies of architects in both Greece and UK, the Technical Chanber of Greece and Architects' Registration Board respectively. She has received grants and awards for both her academic performance and lighting design practice and has lectured and attended various steering and judging committees. In 2015 she was award the prestigious IALD Award of Merit for Knightsbrigde project and in 2017 she was awarded the 40under40 personal award for Lighting Designers.
BArch & MArch Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessalonika, Greece
MSc Light & Lighting, Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, UCL
PhD Light & Lighting, Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, UCL
TEE - Registered Architect
IALD - Associate Member
ARB - Registered Architect
Light Bureau 2003-2005
MBLD as free-lance collaboration
DHA Designs as free lance collaboration
Free lance Lighting designer 2008-2017
DPA Lighting 2010-2012
GIA Equation 2012-2017
Grants & Awards
IALD Award of Merit for Knightsbridge Exterior Lighting Scheme
IKY full scholarship towards research studies in lighting
UCL grant for research
PLDA Vox Juventa Best speaker award
ILE student grant
TEE award for excellence in studies
40under40 Award from Lighting Magazine
IALD Award of Merit for Knightsbridge Illumination
2007 PLDC. 1st International Professional Lighting Design Conference. September
2006 URBAN NIGHTSCAPE. Athens, GR
2004 ELDA+ VOX JUVENTA, Stockholm, Sweden.
Illumni: Interview - People Profiles
CIBSE LG15 Transport Buildings
Visting Lecturer in
University of Birmingham
MA degree College of Fashion
IALD Awards judging committee 2016
Visiting Lecturer, Bartlett MSc Light & Lighting
Steering committee & moderator in various conferences