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About Cehao Yu : With my design background, I consider light to be more visible as a social scientific topic instead of a technical layer for physical environment. Light is shaped or configured into urban space and itself configures experience, sense and emotion. Urban lighting enters into the ways in which social life and interaction is staged and enacted in specific social worlds. It was recognized that lighting can change subjective and behavioural responses of people. Can dynamic feature lighting produce urban lit environments that increase a sense of security in the public and encourage spatial usage? This research question was tackled by undertaking field studies on five sites, i.e. Granary Square, Finsbury Avenue Square, Piccadilly circus, Leicester square and Westfield of Stratford. Over 300 interviews have been undertaken with visitors to the sites when the dynamic feature lighting is on. My aim is to produce both knowledge and methodologies for better researching the ways in which dynamic feature light is configured into urban space and the roles it plays in structuring social life. In pursuing this aim, a guideline for dynamic feature lighting was proposed based on conclusions of factor analysis and open-ended comments left by observers. It is the authors’ aspiration to support design teams in their quest to realize successful applications to refocus the original need for artificial lighting; not from a technological, economical or artistic point of view, but merely from the observers’ point of view.
STATEMENT OF ART:
As a lighting designer, part of my work involves bridging the gap between architects and engineers. I find that light is taken for granted, generally unnoticed until it’s gone, but I enjoy promoting awareness of light and how it can be applied and manipulated to shape our perceptions of the world around us. This career path has allowed me to play an integral part in creating a visual legacy and making amazing spaces that people feel good about being in.

Nature inspires me with incredible lighting spectacles. Sometimes the simplest thing, like the sun shining through a cloud or the branches of a tree, can be as equally amazing as the northern lights or a bolt of lightning if the concepts behind them are clear. The silhouettes, shadows, reflections and colours of nature continually transmit themselves into my thoughts and projects.

ORGANIZATION:
Aecom Ltd

EDUCATION:
2012-2013, MSc Light and Lighting, UCL, London/UK
2007-2012, Bachelor of Architecture, Chongqing University, Chongqing/China

EXPERIENCE:
2014-2019, Senior Lighting Designer, AECOM, London/UK

EVENTS:
2014, participant, Lights in Alingsas, Alingsas/Sweden

AWARDS:
2020, winner, National Lighting Bureau (NLB) Tesla Awards™, Las Vegas/USA
2020, nomination, Der Deutsche Lichtdesign-Preis, Hannover/Germany
2019, heritage category winner, Lit Lighting Design Awards, Los Angeles/USA
2019, Awards of Merit, IES Awards, New York/USA
2018, shortlist, Lux Awards, London/UK

PRESS APPEARANCES:
2015, "40Under40", Lighting Magazine, London/UK

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS:
2019, "Colour Variations within Light Fields: Interreflections and Colour Effects", Perception, Leuven/Belgium

ACCOLADES:
2015, 40Under40, Lighting Design Awards, London/UK

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
Mandarin
English

COMPUTER LITERACY:
AGI32
3DS Max
Revit
Dialux

COURSES, SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS::
2014, participant, Rethink the Night, Kea/Greece

SYMPOSIUMS AND ACADEMIC CONFERENCES::
2019, ECVP, KULueven, Lueven/Belgium

MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS:
2013, Society of Light and Lighting, London/UK

COLLECTIONS:
2014, Moving Water, London/UK

HOBBIES:
Hiking, Swimming, Museum visiting etc.

CLIENTELE:
2016, The Crown Estate, Lighting design for a historical arcade
2015, Warner Bro., Lighting design for a theme park
2014, Serpentine Gallery, Lighting design for Serpentine Pavilion 2014

WEB SITE:
https://www.aecom.com/blog/cooljobs-light-links-ev
erything/

REGISTRATION DATE:
2019-12-19 17:27:08

COUNTRY:
Great Britain

ACCOUNT TYPE:
Professional

Awards received by Cehao Yu


Quadrant Arcade Public Realm

Golden A' Design Award Winner for Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Category in 2019
Cehao Yu for Aecom

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