Graham Festenstein    Lighting Design

Graham Festenstein - Director

Graham studied Performance Arts at Middlesex University before starting his career as a lighting designer for theatre, concerts and events. He worked in London and across the UK as well as touring extensively in North America and Australia.

Graham then worked as an associate for a major London Lighting Design Consultancy, where he gained experience in a wide variety of work, from new build, through to public art works and heritage buildings. During this time he was responsible for projects ranging from major new museums through to urban regeneration schemes. Several of Graham's projects went on to win nationally recognised awards, such as the 'Community Lighting Category of the Lighting Design Awards', the 'Gulbenkien Museum of the Year' and Civic Trust Awards. In 2001 Graham started his own practice as an independent lighting designer.

As well as his design consultancy Graham is actively involved with his professional associations, he is the Vice President -Architectural for the Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP) and sits  on the editorial board of the Institution's publication - The Lighting Journal. He regularly contributes to professional publications, seminars, workshops and conferences. Graham lectures for under graduate design students and for the ILP's Exterior Lighting Diploma on Lighting Strategies and Masterplans, is registered as a STEM ambassador promoting science, technology and engineering in schools and to young people.

Other activities have included workshop head for 'Lights in Alingsas', Sweden, and sitting on the judging panel for the Lighting Design Awards.

Graham is also the Festival Director of LewesLight, www.leweslight.uk a community based festival working with lighting designers and artists  in his home town of Lewes. The annual event creates illuminated installations in and around the town promoting the town its history and   its location within the South Downs Dark Skies Reserve.



Professional Memberships & Accreditations:




Professional Member, International Association of Lighting Designers. (IALD)

Member, The Institution of Lighting Professionals (MILP)

Chartered Engineer (C.Eng)

Member, Society of Light and Lighting (MSLL)

Vice President Architectural - Institution of Lighting Professionals



Worthing at night