Directors' profile

Natsuko Ueda

 
2013 Founded Nipek
2010-2012 Lighting Planners Associates, Singapore
2004-2009 Lighting Planners Associates, Tokyo
Bachelor of Art (Spatial Design), Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan

Shigeki Fujii

 
2014 Adjunct Lecturer at SUTD (Singapore University of Technology & Design)
2013 Founded Nipek
2009-2013 Lighting Planners Associates, Singapore
2007-2009 Lighting Planners Associates, Tokyo
2006 - 2007 Francis Krahe & Associates, Los Angeles
Master of Architectural Lighting Design, Hochschule Wismar, Germany
Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication Design), Kyushu Institute of Design (Currently Kyushu University, School of Design), Fukuoka, Japan
 
 
Born in Hokkaido and grew up in the broad nature, in her childhood Natsuko had been inspired by the beauty of the nature and natural light.
 
Natsuko moved to Tokyo and studied space design at Musashino Art University in Tokyo, Japan where she had learned the essence of architectural lighting design from the renowned Japanese lighting designer, Kaoru Mende.
Upon graduation in 2004, she  joined Kaoru Mende's lighting design practise in Tokyo, Lighting Planners Associates. She had been involved as a lead designer  in the award winning Swarovski Ginza and Meiji-jingu projects.
 
In 2010 she joined the Singapore office of LPA and had worked on high-end residential and hospitality projects such as the two condominium projects designed by Kerry Hill Architects, Seven Palms and Urban Suites, and ESPA at Resorts World Sentosa.
 
With her passion in  using light as a media to engage general public, she was also an active member of the Lighting Detectives and played a key role in organizing the annual event 'Candle Night at Marina Bay' since 2010.
Natsuko also takes part in Winter Festivals in Hokkaido, creating lighting installation using candle lights.
She is a founding member of Nipek Pte Ltd and an associate member of IALD (International Association of Lighting Designers). She has received international lighting design award for  Swarovski Ginza, Meiji-jingu and Lau Pa Sat.
Shigeki received a bachelor degree in Visual Communication Design from Kyushu Institute of Design in Fukuoka, Japan where he had developed his interest in light, visual perception and art.
 
He devoted his time to theatrical lighting and he also created a series of light art that played with visual illusion in darkness.
 
Later he moved on to specializing in lighting design in architecture and urban space. He received a master degree in Architectural Lighting Design from Hochshule Wismar in northern Germany.
 
After working in Los Angeles, he joined Lighting Planners Associates in Tokyo in 2007. Since 2009 he had based in Singapore and played a key role in some of the LPA's best projects in the recent years such as the Gardens by the Bay at Marina South, The Star Performing Arts Centre, and The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong.
 
He founded Nipek Pte Ltd with Natuko Ueda in 2013 to explore new possibilities in Lighting Design.
 
Having spent his early childhood in Samarinda, Indonesia, Shigeki loves working in South-East Asia.
 
He is an associate member of IALD (International Association of Lighting Designers). He has received international lighting design awards for Gardens by the Bay, Bay South, The Star Vista and The Start Performing Arts Centre, Louis Vuitton Marina Bay, The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong, Swarovski Ginza and Lau Pa Sat.
 
He has taught as a lecturer at SUTD (Singapore University of Technology and Design), the Singapore's newest national university established in collaboration with MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
Projects by Lighting Planners Associates :
The projects below are some of the major projects the two directors Shigeki Fujii and Natsuko Ueda had worked on at LPA (Lighting Planners Associates). The credit of the lighting design and photographs of the projects displayed below belongs to LPA .

(C) Lighting Planners Associates

Swarovski Flagship (new concept) Store
2008 Ginza Tokyo

(C) Lighting Planners Associates

Gardens by the Bay, Bay South
2012 Singapore

(C) Lighting Planners Associates

(C) Lighting Planners Associates

ESPA at Resorts World Sentosa
2012 Singapore
The Star Vista & The Star Performing
Arts Centre, 2012 Singapore

 

(C) Lighting Planners Associates

(C) Lighting Planners Associates

Meiji Jingu Shrine [AKARIUM]
2008 Harajuku Tokyo
The Ritz-Carlton
2011 Hong Kong

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